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Foundation Creative Writing

Open College of the Arts
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10 weeks
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Course description

Foundation Creative Writing

Have you always wanted to develop the skills needed to write a novel or become a poet? Perhaps you dream of being the next self-publishing star, like Erin Morgenstern or Becky Chambers?

If so, this course is perfect for you. The Open Foundations Creative Writing course is designed to inspire and encourage you to write regularly and with confidence.

Our Creative Writing foundation will help you understand how to observe and write about the world around you. By keeping a writer’s notebook, you’ll engage with genre and form in creative explorations to find your writer’s voice. You will start writing immediately, drawing from personal experience. Together with feedback from your tutor, you can expect to make rapid progress.

Over five assignments, you will move from building confidence via unedited, unfinished freewriting, through generating and researching your own ideas, and finally developing your self-reflection, to understand and improve your own work.

The course will largely focus on writing fiction, but also covers poetry (such as Ted Hughes and Seamus Heaney), and short story writing. You will also learn the basic skills of research, to help you add detail and colour to your writing. Research can make the difference between amateur and professional level prose, so this will be a key element of study.

Whether you’ve not studied for a while, are ready to engage in degree level study, or wish to study to develop your skills and understanding, this course is for you. You don’t need any prior qualifications, this course is open to everyone, whatever level you are at.

This course is a great stepping stone onto a degree level. On completion of the five parts of the course you can go with confidence to further study with the Open College of the Arts or elsewhere, and decide on the nature and direction of your future studies or writing practice.

So start your journey today, pick up your pen and notebook, and enrol with OCA.

Outcome / Qualification etc.

Course Outcomes

On completion of this course, you should be able to demonstrate competence in the following strategies and techniques:

  • Freewriting
  • Analytical reading.
  • Notebooking
  • Writing from personal experience.
  • Researching and saving material for further use.

You will have an understanding of the writing process, what is meant by ‘genre’ and ‘form’ and you will practise using your creative imagination.

You will have produced a short story and some poetry.

Course delivery details

This course is divided into five parts, each of which requires around five hours study per week for 10 weeks (additional reading is not included in this time). In other words, you should allow yourself around 50 hours to complete each part of the course and 250 hours for the course as a whole, plus reading time.


  • Fees for UK students: £900 per course
  • Fees for students outside of the UK: £1,050 per course

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Open College of the Arts

We are the Open College of the Arts. An open access, distance learning provider of higher education courses based in Barnsley, UK. We were created by Michael Young in 1987, one of the founders of the Open University, to offer...

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Open College of the Arts

The Michael Young Arts Centre
Room 201, DMC 02, County Way
S70 2JW Barnsley

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