Literature, creative writing and film studies

Short courses for adult learners

Develop your own creativity and examine that of others

Courses in literature, creative writing and film enable you to develop your own creativity and examine that of others. You may opt to start (or finish) your own novel, poem or play, or to produce critical analyses of works in these genres. You may study the history and varieties of the English language and/or ideas about language, meaning and literature. Or you may explore the cinematic works of a country, genre or director.

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Many of our short courses, including flexible online courses, weekly classes (both in Oxford and online) and some summer schools, can be studied for credit, which means they can count towards a recognised qualification such as our Undergraduate Certificate of Higher Education.

Oxford qualifications

Undergraduate programmes

We are delighted to introduce new distance learning study options for our undergraduate creative writing and English literature programmes, so that you can choose your preferred mode of study to fit around your work, home or family life.

Postgraduate degrees

Part-time master's and doctoral programmes for graduates. 


Upcoming courses

Weekly • Short courses
  • Mon 27 Sep 2021 – Mon 29 Nov 2021
  • 10 meetings
  • 9:40 – 11:40am
Online - flexible • Short courses
  • Mon 27 Sep 2021 – 10 Dec 2021
Weekly • Short courses
  • Tue 28 Sep 2021 – Tue 29 Mar 2022
  • 20 meetings
  • 9:30 – 11:30am
Weekly • Short courses
  • Tue 28 Sep 2021 – Tue 30 Nov 2021
  • 10 meetings
  • 6:40 – 8:40pm
Weekly • Short courses
  • Wed 29 Sep 2021 – Wed 01 Dec 2021
  • 10 meetings
  • 4:30 – 6:30pm