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Creative Writing: Starting to Write

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Duration 10 weekly meetings
Tutor Rachel Smith
Course code CRW23A5363C
Fee £186
Concessionary fee £148 (find out about eligibility and funding options)

Online course

Duration 10 weekly meetings
Tutor Rachel Smith
Course code CRW23A5363B
Fee £186
Concessionary fee £148 (find out about eligibility and funding options)

50-51 Park Place
CF10 3AT

Have you always wanted to write but you simply don’t know where to start?

Is writing something that feels a little terrifying, like a leap into the unknown? Do you wish you could start writing that novel, memoir, or a something shorter, such as a poem or microfiction?

This course will introduce you to some of the most important skills in a creative writer’s toolbox: imagination, confidence and perseverance.

Over ten weeks you will have the opportunity to write and workshop a variety of fiction and non-fiction genres, as well as poetry and prose.

You’ll develop your own writing skills to produce short stories, flash fiction, poetry or extended writing pieces for your creative writing portfolio.

By the end of the course, you will have made the leap and started to write!

Learning and teaching

The module will be delivered through ten 2-hour sessions, made up of lectures, class discussions, small group work and workshops.

Class sessions will be supplemented by resources available to students via Learning Central.

Coursework and assessment

To award credits we need to have evidence of the knowledge and skills you have gained or improved.

Some of this has to be in a form that can be shown to external examiners so that we can be absolutely sure that standards are met across all courses and subjects.

The most important element of assessment is that it should enhance your learning.

Our methods are designed to increase your confidence and we try very hard to devise ways of assessing you that are enjoyable and suitable for adults with busy lives.

Students will produce a creative writing portfolio of around 1,500 words, which includes a reflective element.

Reading suggestions

Full reading lists will be given to you at the beginning of the course.

Library and computing facilities

As a student on this course you are entitled to join and use the University’s library and computing facilities. Find out more about using these facilities.


Our aim is access for all. We aim to provide a confidential advice and support service for any student with a long term medical condition, disability or specific learning difficulty. We are able to offer one-to-one advice about disability, pre-enrolment visits, liaison with tutors and co-ordinating lecturers, material in alternative formats, arrangements for accessible courses, assessment arrangements, loan equipment and dyslexia screening.