Advanced Creative Writing, Short Course | Part time online | University of Oxford | United Kingdom
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Advanced Creative Writing

3 months
495 GBP/full
420 GBP/full
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This is an Advanced Creative Writing course at University of Oxford designed for students who have completed one of the introductory courses such as Getting Started in Creative Writing, or one or more of the specialist courses such as Writing Fiction, Writing Poetry, Writing Drama, or Writing Young Adult Fiction, or a similar course.


How do authors develop an initial idea into a completed work of fiction? A practical course covering all aspects of novel writing from character creation, story development to final edit. Designed to engender confidence and good writing practice for aspiring novelists.

The development of online publishing opportunities at University of Oxford has given rise to an increased commercial success of the self-published author. Beginning with an investigation of how fiction can be created from the writer''s own experience, this course will explore the techniques used to develop and structure a sustained piece of original prose to a commercially viable standard. We will look at character creation and development across a variety of genres. We will learn how to assess the thematic content of contemporary fiction and how this is expressed in the progression of plot. We will examine how description and metaphor are used to support narrative purpose. At the same time, we will explore the role of the writer as self-editor and how close-reading and critical thinking can enable improved confidence in the development of a unique, individual voice which will appeal to a broad readership.

Advanced Creative Writing Course aims

  • Understand how to develop their ideas into a coherent, engaging and commercially viable piece of fiction.
  • Become familiar with a range of fiction genres and learn how to shape their work accordingly.
  • Critically analyse and discuss their own work with an awareness of the expectation of a public and professional readership.
  • Learn the practical skills of self-editing and planning essential for the continuation and completion of their individual writing projects.
  • Further develop confidence in their own original writing style.


FHEQ level 5, 10 CATS points

Programme Structure

Teaching methods
  • Introductory section, outlining key areas of work within each unit.
  • Description of required reading and recommended reading.
  • Presentation of materials taken from additional (eg. online) sources, relevant to each unit.
  • Online discussion forum.
  • Online personal study diary.
  • Area for short responses to literary extracts from key texts.
  • Tutor responses to forum and exercises.
  • Assessment and feedback.

Key information


  • Part-time
    • 3 months
    • Flexible

Start dates & application deadlines


10 alternative credits



Academic requirements

We are not aware of any specific GRE, GMAT or GPA grading score requirements for this programme.

Other requirements

General requirements

  • You will be set two pieces of work for the course. The first of 500 words is due halfway through your course. 
  • This does not count towards your final outcome but preparing for it, and the feedback you are given, will help you prepare for your assessed piece of work of 1,500 words due at the end of the course. The assessed work is marked pass or fail.

Technological requirements

This course is delivered online; to participate you must to be familiar with using a computer for purposes such as sending email and searching the Internet. 

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    495 GBP/full
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 495 GBP for the full programme during 3 months.
  • National

    420 GBP/full
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 420 GBP for the full programme during 3 months.


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