Courses in creative writing

Part-time study in creative writing at 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 part-time, flexible course for you.

Undergraduate award programmes

Our part-time undergraduate programmes are delivered in two formats: you can choose to study mostly online (with one short module taken in Oxford) or you can opt for face-to-face teaching.

  • 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.
  • The Certificate of Higher Education lets you study a main subject discipline (such as creative writing) while also undertaking study in other academic subjects. Ideal for lifelong learners: 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.

Short courses

Our short courses in creative writing include 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 these 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.

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.

Postgraduate study

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

Tessa Fenley

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 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 Guglani

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


Upcoming courses

Online - flexible • Short courses
  • Wed 22 Sep 2021 – 03 Dec 2021
Online - flexible • Short courses
  • Wed 22 Sep 2021 – 03 Dec 2021
Online - flexible • Short courses
  • Wed 22 Sep 2021 – 03 Dec 2021
Weekly • Short courses
  • Mon 27 Sep 2021 – Mon 29 Nov 2021
  • 10 meetings
  • 9:40 – 11:40am
Weekly • Short courses
  • Tue 28 Sep 2021 – Tue 29 Mar 2022
  • 20 meetings
  • 9:30 – 11:30am