Creative writing courses

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Short and part-time courses with Oxford University

Need an extra push to finish your novel, poem or play? Want to explore new genres? Whether you're a beginner wondering where to start, or an experienced writer looking to extend your craft, we have a course for you.

Short courses

Our  short courses in creative writing  include in person and online live-time weekly classes, day and weekend schools and flexible online courses.

Courses cover all genres: fiction, poetry, memoir, creative nonfiction, drama, writing for young adults and critical reading. There are courses for beginners and options for those with experience. Class sizes are kept small to maximise interaction between you, your classmates and your tutor.

Credit earned from some of our short courses is transferable towards our  Certificate of Higher Education  – a part-time undergraduate course in which you study a main subject discipline, but also undertake study in other academic subjects.

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  • Ways to study: how our short courses work

Summer schools

Join us for one of our Oxford  creative writing summer courses , and spend a week or longer immersed in your craft. Accredited and non-accredited options are available; courses take place at Rewley House and at Oxford's historic colleges.

  • Creative writing summer courses

Part-time Oxford University qualifications

From undergraduate level to advanced postgraduate study.

  • The  Undergraduate Diploma in Creative Writing  is a two-year part-time course that helps you to strengthen your ability in four major areas of literary activity — prose, poetry, drama and analytical reading — while letting you specialise in the genre of your choice. Choose from two study options: regular in-person meetings in Oxford or mostly online, with a summer school in Oxford.
  • The  Certificate of Higher Education  is a flexible, part-time programme which lets you study a main subject discipline (such as creative writing) while also undertaking study in other academic subjects. Ideal for lifelong learners, you can study what you want, when you want, how you want. The credits you obtain from taking short online courses, weekly classes and attendance at the Oxford University Summer School for Adults all count towards your final award.
  • Delve deeper into creative writing with our MSt in Creative Writing – a two-year, part-time master's programme offering a unique combination of high contact hours, genre specialization, and critical and creative breadth, delivered in a clustered learning format of five residences, two guided retreats and one placement over two years.

Student spotlights

Charles bush.

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Charles Bush published his debut young-adult novel thanks to the skills and experience gained from completing the Undergraduate Certificate of Higher Education.

Tahmina Maula

Tahmina worked as a senior manager in education before taking a career break to undertake the Undergraduate Diploma in Creative Writing.

Daisy Johnson

While studying the MSt in Creative Writing Daisy worked on a collection of short stories which would later become her debut book.

Upcoming courses

Chaucer's canterbury tales: text and context.

  • Tue 16 Apr 2024 – 25 Jun 2024
  • 11 meetings
  • 4:30 – 5:30pm

Advanced Creative Writing (Online)

  • Wed 17 Apr 2024 – 28 Jun 2024

Critical Reading (Online)

Getting started in creative writing (online), trollope, eliot, dickens and hardy: reading victorian fiction (online), part-time award programmes.

Part-time creative writing award-bearing courses for those looking to gain an Oxford qualification.

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Undergraduate Diploma in Creative Writing

Mst in creative writing, undergraduate certificate of higher education.

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  1. 12 Summer Creative Writing Prompts ☀️

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  2. Writing Ideas about Celebrating Summer

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  3. Sailing Into Second: Keep Calm and Hop On!

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  4. Summer Evening Poem by John Clare

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  5. 11 Summer Writing Prompts for the Creative Soul

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  6. Summer Writing Contest

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  1. Creative Writing Summer School

    A three-week residential summer school. Take part in interactive seminars featuring writing exercises and group discussion. Benefit from guidance by tutors who are both published authors and experienced teachers. Attend daily talks given by established authors, agents, editors and others.