This course is suitable for anyone who wants to achieve things with their writing, and at the same time learn how to articulate their emotions, feelings and thoughts in a unique and attractive way. It’s ideal for people new to writing, as well as those who are more experienced, and who would like to develop their existing skills further. Anyone with a strong interest in reading and writing who aspires to be a writer will find that through distance learning they will get a first class education that is not only convenient but also affordable.

Courses offer the same qualifications as equivalent on-campus ones, the only difference being that all the content and method of delivery are tailored for Internet learning.

Students will improve their abilities by studying the tools and techniques of writing, and by looking at a wide range of relevant materials and methods. They will be introduced to a range of genres and also be helped to identify their writing interest and strengths.

Online creative writing degree overview

Courses normally start with an induction and orientation session, where you will be introduced to tutors, the course procedures and also given a range of ice-breaking activities to do. You will get an inspiring and rigorous introduction to the world of literature through online workshops, lectures and readings. The aim of this is to firstly get you used to using the relevant technology, and secondly to give you an idea of what to expect from the course and also just as importantly to know what the course expects from you. Through experiment, practice and constructive feedback you will learn the required skills need to write professionally and succeed.

Online assignments have a lot of emphasis on practice through guided activities, this is backed up with literary examples and supplementary articles. Study material will be provided online and tutors will mark and comment on your written work via email, they will also be there for you to ask questions of them via email, online forums or telephone.

As classes are taught through online Virtual Learning Environments, you will need a PC or laptop, and must have access to a reliable and fast Internet connection. You should have an up-to-date web browser, a PDF reader, along with a webcam and a set of headphones with a microphone.

Typical modules and subjects that can be taught on an online creative writing degree

  • Analysing Performance
  • Composition and Creative Writing
  • Copywriting
  • Drama
  • Editing and Proofreading
  • Elements of Poetry
  • English Literature
  • Essay writing
  • Life Writing
  • Introduction to Creative Writing
  • Introduction to Poetry and Prose
  • Introduction to Fiction
  • Language and Context
  • Language Development
  • Modern Poetry
  • Screenwriting
  • Scriptwriting
  • The Theory and Practice of Criticism
  • Writing Fiction
  • Writing Nonfiction
  • Writing for Performance

Students will learn how to

  • Professionally present manuscripts.
  • Understand an audience and target market.
  • Get their work published online, in newspapers, magazines, trade publications and in books.

Students will learn about

  • Research and the archive
  • Location and setting
  • Characterisation and representation
  • Rhythm and speech
  • Mood and atmosphere
  • Dramatic dialogue
  • Dramatic action

Career prospects and roles for creative writing graduates
Courses can prepare you for a number of respected and professional paths, with careers in screenwriting, book writing, journalism, teaching, publishing, copywriting, poetry, and advertising.

About this page
This is a resource page that will give you useful information about what you can expect to learn on an accredited online creative writing degree course. It also lists links to a selection of popular and relevant online degrees that are run by established US and UK universities. We have focused on these two countries because at present most English language online courses are run by academic institutions based in the United States of America and the United Kingdom. Through the links on this page you will find out about the:
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