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Creative Writing (A215)

Creative Writing with the Open University

This Open University course adopts the student-centred approach used by the best creative writing courses, offering you a range of strategies and possibilities to help you to develop as a writer. You will be encouraged to value your own resources of memory, observation and individual voice. The emphasis will be highly practical, with a range of exercises and activities designed to ignite and sustain the writing impulse. The aims of the course are:

  • to introduce you to strategies for stimulating creativity and engendering ideas for writing;
  • to introduce you to a wide variety of the skills and methods associated with the writing of fiction, poetry, and life writing;
  • to help you to write, revise and edit your own fiction, poetry, and life writing;
  • to help you to evaluate and develop your own emerging texts and those of your peers;
  • to teach you to read as a writer, building up your own repertoire by studying other writers’ strategies;
  • to provide you with an introduction to the world of publishing and the requirements of professional presentation.

This course is suitable not only for aspiring writers, but for any students with a strong enquiring interest in reading and writing and will be of interest to Literature students keen to learn more about the kinds of strategies that writers commonly employ.

A215 is a 60-point, Level 2 course, presented over 32 weeks, starting every October.

Creative Writing workbook and reader

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