After the successful launch of its first entirely online creative writing course in March 2014, ‘Becoming A Writer: An Introduction to Prose Fiction,’ The Unthank School of Writing is delighted to announce a significant expansion of its online teaching programme with the addition of a new series of exciting and innovative online creative writing courses, starting in January 2015.
These courses are open to anyone in the world who wants to invest in their writing, and range from introductory to advanced levels. Our teaching team is comprised entirely of active and published authors, as well as highly experienced literary editors and academics. All of our tutors hold higher degrees in creative writing, English literature, and media studies from prestigious universities, and have years of face-to-face and online teaching experience gained at the University of East Anglia, the Open University, and the Norwich University of the Arts.
Each Unthank School of Writing online creative writing course is a writer’s workshop, offering the opportunity to share your work in a friendly, supportive and creative online community. Courses are open to anyone who writes, or wants to write, prose fiction or screenplays, and who wishes to explore, develop and discuss their ideas about writing, reading, and viewing. We will teach you how to read more critically, and to apply what you learn from a serious study of literature and film to your own writing. We believe that writing is a craft that can be taught, learned and improved with discipline and practice, with an emphasis as much on the physical process of establishing and maintaining a regular writing routine as on style and content.
Online learning is very flexible, and the pace is quite gentle. The forum is far from hectic, and although live chat is an option, what students are really doing is posting comments and writing samples to be read during the week and commented on, rather like exchanging elaborate group emails. You can log in at any time, as often as you like, so you can work around family and professional commitments. As a very general guide, half a day or a couple of evenings a week would be more than fine for any of our online creative writing courses – say four to six hours a week to allow for reading, group discussion and writing.
Our online creative writing courses are taught using a Virtual Learning Environment (VLE), which is basically an interactive discussion forum crossed with a dynamic website. This is a private space, to which you will be granted access by password. Each module takes the form of a written lecture, with supporting reading provided. There are ‘Extras’ (hints and tips) and a selection of challenging writing exercises intended to demonstrate and apply the knowledge. Students and tutor discuss the lecture and share work on the forum.
You will also receive professional editorial feedback on your writing. Unlike many and most online creative writing courses, our tutors are hands-on all the way. We do not just drop you into a teaching module and leave you to work through it as if reading a (very expensive) textbook. Our tutors are live and online for a full day each week to expand on the teaching modules and guide and comment on your writing.