Creative Writing

If you enjoy writing and are interested in learning more about its technical side, our home study course should give you the underlying knowledge you need to improve your techniques and boost your confidence in your writing. You’ll look at writing in different styles, covering all the skills and techniques used in fiction writing. As well as taking a close look at methods used in fiction, you’ll also have a go at writing non-fiction material, such as for magazine articles. It’s a broad and wide-reaching course that will test your writing skills and challenge you to write in new ways.



Course requirements

A good level of basic English is required for this course. This is an online course so you will also need access to the internet.

Duration of study

As a guideline, you should allow for approximately 60 hours' study time, plus additional time for completing assignments. You will have tutor support for a period of up to 12 months from the date of enrolment.


Unit 1: Autobiography
  • Autobiographical writing
  • Diaries
  • Journals and letters

Unit 2: Short stories
  • Developing an idea
  • Preparing an outline
  • Openings
  • Conflict
  • Characters
  • Dialogue and viewpoints

Unit 3: Novels
  • Reading for writing
  • Themes
  • Plot
  • Character
  • Conflict
  • Viewpoints
  • What other writers say

Unit 4: Younger readers
  • Remembering
  • Starting a story
  • Action writing
  • Dialogue
  • Poetry for younger readers

Unit 5: Genre
  • What genre means
  • Gothic horror
  • Crime
  • Science fiction
  • Magical realism

Unit 6: Play writing
  • Dialogue
  • Listening to people
  • Character
  • Choosing your subject
  • Constructing plays

Unit 7: Poetry
  • Observation
  • Word pictures
  • The sound of poetry

Unit 8: Non-fiction
  • Types of non-fiction writing
  • Travel writing
  • Biography

Unit 9: Articles
  • Types and style of article
  • Finding and recording the facts
  • Interviewing
  • Going public

Unit 10: Reviews
  • Being a critic
  • Book reviews
  • Getting your enthusiasm across
  • Points of view
  • Consumer reviews


This course has:
  • 11 assignments

Set texts and resources

There are no additional set texts.

Using learn@nec

Your course is delivered online through learn@nec, so it’s important that you have access to a computer and the internet. We recommend that your computer is using one of the following operating systems and browsers to improve your experience of using learn@nec:

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  • Mac OSX 10.7 or later
  • Google Chrome OS
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  • Mozilla Firefox (latest version)
  • Safari 6 or later
  • Internet Explorer 10 or later (excluding IE11)

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How to enrol

There are several ways to enrol with NEC:
  • Click the ‘Enrol now’ button above.
  • Telephone us on 0800 389 2839 or +44(0)1223 400200 and speak to our course advice team.
  • Ask us to send you an enrolment form which you can complete and return by post.

Paying in instalments

It’s your choice: you can pay in full at the point of enrolment, or you can spread the cost over monthly instalments with our finance offer. To pay in instalments you will need to enrol by telephone.

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Creative Writing Course Sample

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What our students say...

"The exercises in the study materials really helped me when it came to doing assignments. I really enjoyed the poetry module and other fiction modules, and feel I’ve improved my use of language through the course."
— Anne Wilcox