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Creative Writing at The Open University

Creative Writing workbook coverSince 2003 The Open University has recruited over 30,000 students to its undergraduate creative writing modules. These have proved enormously popular with students as well as with the tutors who teach them, and have been acclaimed by publishers, leading authors, and teachers in other universities.

A Creative Writing Handbook coverThe modules are currently overseen by Derek Neale, Sally O'Reilly, Fiona Doloughan, Ben Masters, Siobhan Campbell, Jane Yeh and Heather Richardson, and taught by a vibrant and experienced group of over a hundred and fifty practising writers employed by the Open University as creative writing associate lecturers. Many of these tutors teach in other universities as well. By pooling and exchanging resources and experience, they have built up a unique archive of practical strategies for the teaching of writing.

See Meet the team to find out about the people who develop and run our courses. See Our tutors to find out what our tutors are up to currently in terms of their public readings, performances, publications, and academic presentations.

You can study creative writing as part of several degree programmes, including BA (Hons) English Literature and Creative Writing (Q86) or by taking  BA (Hons) Humanities with Creative Writing (Q03), or combining creative writing with a number of other subjects as part of Humanities degree. An MA in Creative Writing is available from 2016. If you want to know more see our creative writing qualifications page.

If you would like to find out how we teach creative writing watch our short video below and see how our courses fit together.


To sample some of our study materials, see our tasters and exercises. You can also listen to some of our interviews with authors and on FutureLearn we now have  Start Writing Fiction a MOOC (mass online open course) which is free for all learners and will give you an introduction to creative writing study