Start Writing Fiction
12-week online writing course begins Monday 20 September
The course is the perfect introduction to writing fiction for new writers and anyone wanting to write more regularly. Over 12 weeks of inspirational teaching, exercises and assignments you will receive personalised feedback on your work and learn how to write short stories.
Classes are capped at 15 places to ensure a high-quality experience. Book quickly to secure your place.
This course is designed for writers aged 18+. If you’re looking for courses suitable for younger writers, check out these online workshops!
Special offer: All creative writing online courses include a free 12-week digital subscription to Granta Magazine!
Early bird discount
Book your place by 9am BST on Monday 9 August and receive 10% off your place.
What the course covers
- Getting started – explore exercises to release your creativity and meet your fellow students.
- Character – getting to know your characters inside-out and how to write credible dialogue.
- Finding the story – how finding the right structure can make even the simplest story engaging.
- Whose story is it, and who is telling it? – how does your story change depending on the point of view?
- Making it better – redrafting and self-editing and how to take and provide constructive criticism.
- Beginnings and endings – how to hook a reader and subvert expectations.
By the end of the course you will:
- Be familiar with the basic elements of a short story
- Have examined some published short stories in detail
- Write a complete short story, using what you have learnt about the workings of fiction
- Know how to give and receive useful, precise feedback and revise and improve your work
- Know how to keep your own writer’s notebook and generate new ideas
About the tutors
There are two tutors available for this course. There is the opportunity to select your preference during checkout.
Yan Ge is a fiction writer in both Chinese and English, and is the author of thirteen books in Chinese, including five novels. She has received numerous awards and was named by People’s Literature magazine as one of twenty future literature masters in China. Her work has been translated into eleven languages, including English, French and German. The English translation of her latest novel The Chilli Bean Paste Clan was published in 2018 (Balestier Press). Another translated novel, Strange Beasts of China, was published in 2020/2021 (Tilted Axis Press/Melville House); both won English PEN Translates Awards. Her novella White Horse (HopeRoad, 2019) was shortlisted for the Warwick Prize for Women in Translation 2020. She was on the judging panel of the International Dublin Literary Award 2019. Yan’s English writing has appeared in the New York Times, the Irish Times, TLS, the Stinging Fly and elsewhere. She has an MFA in Creative Writing from the University of East Anglia where she was the recipient of the UEA International Award 2018/19. Her English language debut short story collection Elsewhere will be published by Faber in the UK and Scribner in the USA in spring 2023, followed by a novel Hotel Destination.
Ashley Hickson-Lovence is an author, PhD student and Lecturer of Creative Writing. His debut novel The 392 was released with OWN IT! in 2019. His second novel Your Show, based on the life and career of former football referee Uriah Rennie, is to be released with Faber on Thursday 7 April 2022. He is currently writing his third novel, About to Fall Apart.Ashley is currently a First Story writer-in-residence at Haringey Learning Partnership: Commerce House, Hethersett Academy’s Poet Laureate and Archer Academy’s Patron of Reading. He also leads workshops for Arvon and is an online tutor at the National Centre for Writing.He completed his MA in Creative Writing and Publishing from City, University of London and is currently completing his PhD in Creative and Critical Writing at the University of East Anglia. He is also a Lecturer of Creative Writing at Arts University Bournemouth.
How it works
All you need is a computer and an internet connection. You can find out more about the requirements here.
The course is divided into six modules, each of which introduces an aspect of the craft of writing fiction. Your knowledge will be developed through writing exercises, the analysis of samples of writing and discussion with your tutor and fellow students.
The modules are posted fortnightly. Every two weeks you will submit an assignment to your tutor, who will then respond with constructive feedback and advice.
There are two live Zoom sessions during this course. The first is an informal introductory session during the first week of t. The second will take place later, with a date to be confirmed.
Module assignments are between 500 and 1,000 words. Your tutor will give you written feedback on every assignment you submit, but only the third and final assignments will be assessed for your Certificate of Completion.
This is a practical and engaging course with direct, expert tutor feedback.
Designed by the University of East Anglia and the National Centre for Writing.