Courses in creative writing

Part-time study in creative writing at Oxford University

Need an extra push to finish your novel, poem or play? Looking for a low-residency master's degree? Or perhaps you're just beginning in creative writing? No matter where you are in your writing journey, we have a part-time, flexible course for you.

Short online courses

Our short online courses in creative writing 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.

Classes take place in a virtual learning environment so you can study whenever it suits you, from anywhere in the world. Class sizes are kept small to maximise interaction between you and your classmates and tutor in the online forums.

Summer schools

Join us this summer for accredited and non-accredited creative writing summer courses and spend a week or longer in Oxford, immersed in your craft. Courses take place at Rewley House and at Oxford's historic colleges.

Flexible award and degree programmes

Delve deeper into creative writing and gain an Oxford award or degree part-time. At undergraduate level, we have the Diploma in Creative Writing, which can be studied mainly online; at postgraduate level we offer a Master's in Creative Writing. Students on both programmes come from a variety of backgrounds and from many countries around the world.

Undergraduate Certificate of Higher Education

Credit earned from our short online courses is transferable towards our Certificate of Higher Education - a part-time undergraduate course in which you study a main subject discipline (such as creative writing) but also undertake study in other academic subjects. Ideal for lifelong learners: the credits you obtain from taking weekly classes, short online courses and attendance at the Oxford University Summer School for Adults all count towards your final award.

> Find out more about the Certificate of Higher Education.

Student spotlights

Tessa Fenley

The confidence Tessa gained from our Writing Fiction online course helped her to refine her novel and enter her first flash fiction competition.

Tahmina Maula

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

Samir Guglani

Samir was attracted to the MSt in Creative Writing as he wanted to pursue his writing in a peer group environment.


Upcoming courses

  • Short courses, Virtual classroom
  • Thu 13 May 2021 – 22 Jul 2021
  • 2:30 – 3:30pm
  • Short courses
  • Sat 07 Aug 2021 – 14 Aug 2021
  • Short courses
  • Sat 31 Jul 2021 – 07 Aug 2021
  • Short courses
  • Mon 14 Jun 2021 – 27 Aug 2021
  • Short courses
  • Sun 01 Aug 2021 – 07 Aug 2021