Below you will find a comprehensive list of creative writing courses in the UK, ordered by category. Just click on the category name to open the list.

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Exeter University Lifelong Learning

Distance learning poetry courses (one-day and longer) supported by published tutors.

Fire in the Head

Poetry and novel correspondence courses, plus one-to-one in-depth mentoring and appraisal service from Roselle Angwin. PO Box 17, Yelverton, Devon PL20 6YF
Tel: 01548 821004

Lancaster University

Four-month online distance course
Tel: 01524 592032

Newcastle University

Creative Writing PGC School of English NE1 7RU
Tel: 0191 222 7619

Open College of the Arts

Course details: Unit 1b, Redbrook Business Pk, Wilthorpe Rd, Barnsley S75 1JN
Tel: 0800 731 2116

Open University

Dip European Humanities, MA Humanities
Tel: 01908 858585

Poetry Kit

Various distance courses, mentoring and critique services for all levels. Led by Jim Bennet and Bill Westron. Web:

Poetry Prescription

Constructive personalised advice on poetry via post. Ask for questionnaire: Poetry Society, 22 Betterton St WC2H 9BX
Tel: 02074209892

The Poetry School

Long downloadable courses from £15, individual download lessons from £3, at Email tutorials with a wide range of poets – £85 for a 1,000 word critique of 200 lines. Email Sarah Dawson, Tel 0207 582 1679 or visit

The Poetry School Online

Online courses in online learning environment CAMPUS, alongside digital residencies, live Q&As and open workshops. To enrol, contact Sarah Dawson, email, phone number 0207 582 1679. 10+ new courses every term, inspiration and feedback, suitable for all levels of writer. or call 020 7582 1679.

Spread the Word

1:1 Email surgeries Tel: 020 8692 0231 (ext 248 & 249) or contact Eva Lewin for a bespoke session at

Susan Hodgetts

Writing for Wellbeing course with email tasks and Skype discussion. Web: Email:

WEA (Workers Educational Association)

Many regional courses. National Office, 4 Luke Street, London EC2A 4XW, Tel: 020 7426 3450, Fax: 0207 426 3451, Or visit for branches near you


Birkbeck College

Certificate Creative WritingMA Creative Writing . Celyn Jones, Director. Requests for interview and further information available from Annemarie Shadie (Cert and BA),, Tel:08456010174 or 020 3073 8379 or Anne-Marie Taylor (MA), Tel: 08456010174 or  020 3073 8372l

Brunel University

BA and MA Uxbridge, Middlesex UB8 3PH. Email Bernardine Evaristo


BA, MA & PhD Creative & Life Writing. University of London, New Cross SE14 6NW. Tel: 020 7919 7430 or 020 7717 2989 (undergraduate), or 020 7919 7436 (postgraduate).

Roehampton, Surrey University

BA, MA & PhD Creative Writing Erasmus House, Roehampton Lane SW15 5PU 
Programme Convener, Judith Bryan,, or contact Enquiries team at, or Tel 020 8392 3232


South Asian Literature, MA Comparative Literature (Africa/Asia) Thornhaugh St, Russell Sq WC1H 0XG 
Tel: 020 7898 4220


Outside London

Aberystwyth, University of Wales

Cert.HE, MA & PhD in Creative Writing English Department, Aberystwyth, Penglais, Aberystwyth SY23 3DY 
Tel:01970 622534

Bath Spa University

BA, MA & PhD in Creative Writing Newton St Loe BA2 9BN 
Tel:01225 875875

Belfast, Queens University

Open Learning, BA, MA & PhD in Creative Writing School of English, 2 University Square, Belfast  BT7 1NN 
Tel: 028 9097 3320 or 028 9097 3394 or email

Birmingham, University of Central England

MA in Writing Baker Building, City North Campus, Perry Barr B42 2SU 
Tel: 01213315595 for enquiries 
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Bolton Institute

BA & MPhil/PhD Creative Writing Deane Road, Bolton BL3 5AB 
Tel: 01204 900600

Brighton, University of Sussex 

MA & MPhil/PhD Creative & Critical Writing Graduate Research Centre (Hums), Falmer, Brighton BN1 9QN 
Tel: 01273 606755 (MA), 01273 678098 (MPhil, DPhil)

Canterbury, Kent University

MA & PhD in Creative Writing School of English, Rutherford College CT2 7NZ 
Tel: 01227 823054

Cardiff University

MA Creative Writing, MPhil PhD in Creative & Critical Writing School of English, Communication & Philosophy, John Percival Building, Colum Drive, Cardiff CF10 3EU
Tel: 029 2087 4722

Carmarthen, Trinity College

MA Creative Writing Carmarthen SA31 3EP 
Tel: 01267 676767

Chichester University

MA & PhD Creative Writing College Lane, Chichester, W Sussex PO19 6PE 
Tel: 01243 8160020

Coventry, University of Warwick 

MA, MFA & PhD Writing English & Comparative Literary Studies, CV4 7AL 
Tel: 024 76 524 928

Colchester, Essex University

BA & MA Creative Writing Wivenhoe Park CO4 3SQ 
Tel: 01206 873333

Exeter University

MA & PhD Creative Writing Department of English & Film, University of Exeter, Room 221, Queen’s Building, Queen’s Drive EX4 4QH 
Tel: 01392 725310

Exmouth, Plymouth University

MA/PgDip Creative Writing Postgraduate Admissions, Plymouth Univerisyt, Drake Circus, Plymouth PL4 8AA 
Tel: 01752 585 858

Fife, University of St Andrews

MLitt & PhD Creative Writing Castle House, Fife KY16

Glasgow University

MLitt, MFA, PhD & DFA Creative Writing Contact switchboard at 0141 330 2000, or Kei Miller or Meg MacDonald at

Lancaster University

MA & PhD Creative Writing, distance learning optionsCounty College, Lancaster LA1 4YN 
Tel: 01524 5921269 (for Departmental Officer Anne Stewart-Whalley)

Leeds University

MA Writing for Performance & Publication University of Leeds, LS2 9JT. Contact: or Ms Jane Richardson, Admissions Secretary, 0113 343

Liverpool, Edge Hill

BA, MA & PhD Creative Writing Contact Department of English & History, Edge Hill University, St Helens Road, Ormskirt, Lancashire, L39 4QP
Tel: 01695 650 942 or

Loughborough University

MA & MPhil/ PhD Creative Writing Leicestershire LE11 3TU 
Tel: 01509 222222

Manchester Metropolitan University

BA, MA & PhD Creative Writing, online option English Department, Geoffrey Manton Building, Rosamond St, West M15 6LL 
Tel: 016124717321

Northumbria University

MA & PhD Creative Writing, Creative Writing BA modulesSquires Building, Newcastle City Campus NE1 8ST 
Tel: 0191 227 4444. Email:

Newcastle University

MA & PhD Creative Writing, Creative Writing BA modulesSchool of English Literature, Language & Linguistics 
Tel: 0191 208 6233. Email

Norwich, University of East Anglia

MA & PhD Creative Writing, Creative Writing BA modulesSchool of Literature, Drama & Creative Writing, Faculty of Arts & Humanities, UEA, Norwich Research Park, Norwich NR4 7TJ
Tel: 01603 591515.

Nottingham Trent University

MA & PhD Creative Writing, Creative Writing BA modulesClifton Lane NG11 8NS 
Tel: 0115 848 4200.


MSt in Creative Writing University of Oxford, Department for Continuing Education, Rewley House, 1 Wellington Square, Oxford OX1 2JA 
Tel: 01865 280145.

Oxford Brookes University

MA Creative Writing  Headington Campus, Gipsy Lane, Oxford OX3 0BP
Tel: 01865 484127.

Sheffield Hallam University

BA, MA, MPhil/PhD Creative Writing City Campus, Howard Street, Sheffield S1 1WB 
Tel: 0114 225 3617.

University of South Wales

MPhil Writing, BA English and Creative Writing/ Creative and Professional Writing Pontypridd, Wales CF37 1DL 
Tel: 01443 654450

Winchester University

BA Creative Writing, MA Creative & Critical Writing, MA Writing for Children. for BA/DipHE, for MA Creative & Critical Writing, for MA Writing for Children

Almàssera Vella

1 week courses/retreats in Spanish mountain village. General contact: Christopher & Marisa North, Almàssera Vella, Mare de Deu 56, 03578, Relleu, Alicante, Spain 0034 966 856003,,

Arvon Foundation

Various course and retreats on Poetry, Narrative Poetry and Starting to Write. Grants available. The Arvon Foundation for Writing, Free Word, 60 Farringdon Road, London EC1R 3GA Tel: 020 7324 2554,,

The Really Big Dream Company

Writing courses and retreats in Southern Burgundy. Janice Barnett on 0033 (0)345479 502,, Les Cerisiers, Lieu dit Nurux, 71520 Montmelard, France

Ceridwen Centre

Writing courses in South Wales.

Chateau Life Poetry courses and workshops

Languedoc, South of France. Courses include creative workshops, discussions, free afternoons for writing & one-to-one tutorials. Tel: 07773 206344, julia@,

Cinnamon Press Writing Courses

In association with Tyn-y-coed. Jan Fortune and Pete Marshall lead a week of creative writing workshops, individual mentoring. or visit

Coffee-house Poetry Courses

Periodic residential poetry course in the inspirational Glens of Antrim. Contact for the details!


Fielding Retreats

Residencies and retreats at Cove Park on the west coast of Scotland. Polly Clark. Tel: 01436 850123,polly.clark@covepark.org

Fire in the Head

Year-round programme in poetry, novels and journaling/writing for personal development with author/poet Roselle Angwin in Devon. Tel: 01548 821004,

The Garsdale Retreat

Writing courses and retreats on Poetry, Musical Theatre, Fiction and Performance Poetry for beginner, emergent and published writers. In the stunning Yorkshire Dales National Park. Fully catered. Tel. 01539-234184 The Garsdale Retreat, Garsdale Head, Sedbergh, Cumbria LA10 5PW


Biannual residency for artists in any discipline, in Transylvania. Contact, Tel: (004)0749540154. 7 Izvoare, no 35, Borsec-Bai, Harghita, Romania.

Orchard Foundation, Cheltenham

Experience creative writing for wellbeing for yourself. More details at Email

Rhodes Writing Retreat, Greece

Structured writing retreats. or visit the website

Ty Newydd Writers’ Centre

National Writers’ Centre For Wales. Llanystumdwy, Criccieth, Gwynedd, Wales LL52 0LW Tel: 01766 522811, Fax: 01766 523095,,

Ways With Words

Writing, reading & art holiday courses at Villa Pia, Lippiano, Italy. Contact Ways With Words, Droridge Farm, Dartington, Devon TQ9 6JQ Tel: 01803 867373,, Further information available from

Outside London


Bristol University Poetry Workshops

Covering all aspects of poetry, including use of form, style and content; poetry’s role in contemporary society; translation; and how to get published. The aim will be to help participants make the next step up in their work, which is often difficult to achieve in isolation. Further details:


Office of Lifelong Learning, Edinburgh University

Paterson’s Land, Holyrood Road, Edinburgh EH8 8AQ 
Tel: 0131 650 4400


Writers’ Centre Norwich

14 Princes St, NR3 1AE Tel: 01603 877 177,,


Fire in the Head

Workshops and retreats across the country, with an ecological/ spiritual focus. Led by Roselle Angwin. Web:

The Poetry School

Teaches poetry through courses, workshops, groups and talks in London, Manchester, Liverpool, Exeter, Bath, Bristol, Bridport, Birmingham, Nottingham, Leeds, Hebden Bridge, Durham, Newcastle, Middlesbrough, Cambridge, Norwich and Brighton. For beginners, intermediate and experienced writers, offering online and download courses, email tutorials, structured studies or short bursts of inspiration. Contact: The Poetry School, 81 Lambeth Walk, London SE11 6DX Tel: 020 7582 1679,,



North London

Brent Adult & Community Education

Madison House, London Road, Wembley, Middlesex HA9 7HD. Tel: 020 8937 3636. Wheelchair access.

City Lit

Develop your writing in an engaging, collaborative environment: from poetry to fiction and much more. We offer a fantastic range of part-time, evening and weekend creative writing courses, from classes for complete beginners right up to workshops for seasoned authors. Address: 1-10 Keeley Street, Covent Garden, London WC2B 4BA Web: Email: Tel: 0207 492 2717

Creative Writes

Creative writing workshops led by Nichola Charalambou at North Bank House, Muswell Hill, London N10 Tel: 079 4109 1313,,

Harrow College

Harrow-on-the-Hill Campus, Lowlands Road, Harrow, Middlesex HA1 3AQ. Main switchboard: 020 8909 6000. 

Lauderdale House

Creative Writing, Waterlow Park, Highgate Hill N6 5HG 
Tel: 020 8348 8716

North London University

Various short courses. 166–220 Holloway Rd, N7 8DB 
Tel: 020 7607 2789

Westminster Kingsway College

Creative Writing at Highgate Newton Community College and West Hampstead Women’s Centre 
Tel: 020 7556 8001

The Working Men’s College

44 Crowndale Rd NW1 
Tel: 020 7255 4759


East London

Barking & Dagenham Adult College

Fanshawe Cres, Dagenham RM9 5QA 
Tel: 020 8270 4722

Hackney Community College

Brooke House, Kenninghall Road E5 
Tel: 020 7613 9000

Redbridge Institute of Adult Education

Gaysham Ave, Ilford, Essex IG2 6TD. Tel: 020 8550 2398. Some disabled access.

Waltham Forest Adult Education

Lifelong Learning Service. Wheelchair access.

Writing Space

Contact Carol Cornish 
Tel: 020 7253 3246


South London

Bexley Adult Education College

Tel: 020 3045 5176

Kingston Adult Eduction

N Kingston Centre, Richmond Rd, Kingston KT2 5PE 
Tel: 020 8547 6700, 020 8547 6758

Kingston University

Creative Writing short courses offered year-round. Contact Dr David Rogers, Penrhyn Rd, Kingston KT1 2EE. Tel: 020 8417 2283

Merton Adult Education

Courses include Creative Writing, Ways into Poetry. Contact Whatley Centre, Whatley Avenue SW20 9NS 
Tel: 020 020 8274 5222.

Richmond Adult & Community College

Courses include Creative Writing; Ways into Writing; Contemporary Women’s Writing; Finding your Voice. Some wheelchair access. 
Parkshot, Richmond, London, Surrey TW9 2RE. Tel: 020 8891 5907

The Poetry School

Courses, workshops, groups and talks in London, Manchester, Liverpool, Exeter, Bath, Bristol, Bridport, Birmingham, Nottingham, Leeds, Hebden Bridge, Durham, Newcastle, Middlesbrough, Cambridge, Norwich and Brighton. Also online and download courses, email tutorials, structured studies or short bursts of inspiration. 81 Lambeth Walk, London SE11 6DX Tel: 020 7582 1679,,

Spread the Word

Run various courses & workshops. Booking & info: The Albany, Douglas Way 
London SE8 4AG. Tel: 020 8692 0231 (ext 248 & 249) 

Sutton College of Learning for Adults

Summer school & other classes. St Nicholas Way, Sutton SM1 1EA 
Tel: 020 8770 6901

Wandsworth Adult College

Creative Writing courses. Gatton Rd, Tooting SW17 0DS 
Tel: 020 8918 7777

Woolwich & Greenwich Community College

Creative writing at Greenwich campus. Greenwich Community College, 95 Plumstead Rd SE18 7DQ 
Tel: 020 8488 4800


West London   

Hammersmith & Fulham Adult Learning and Skills Services

Some creative writing courses. Contact Angelo Cappetta, 0845 839 7912,

Hillingdon Adult Education Services

Many centres across the borough.

Hounslow Adult Education & Training Service

Education Dept, Lampton Rd, TW3 4DN.
Tel: 020 8583 6000. Web:

Kensington & Chelsea College

Many writing courses. Hortensia Road SW10 0QS 
Tel: 020 7573 3600


Central London  

Birkbeck College

Courses with accreditation, mostly autumn &spring, some one day courses. Birkbeck College, 43 Gordon Square WC1H 0PD.
Tel: 020 7631 6601. Email: Web:

Bishopsgate Institute

Poetry courses. 230 Bishopsgate, EC2M 4QH. Tel: 020 7392 9200

City University

All levels of workshops offered with a variety of tutors. Northampton Sq, EC1V 0HB Chairlift at entrance. 
Tel: 020 7040 8268 (course info), 020 7040 5060 (general)

Faber Academy

Some poetry courses. 74-77 Great Russell Street, London WC1B 3DA. Tel: 0207 927 3868. Web:

Mary Ward Centre

42 Queen Square WC1 Some wheelchair access – entrance, WC. 
Tel: 020 7269 6000

Morley College

 Morley College, 61 Westminster Bridge Rd, Southwark SE1 7HT. Tel: 020 7450 1841. Web:

Tate Modern

Creative writing courses in the galleries led by Pascale Petit. Summer term 2 June – 7 July 2014, 18.45 – 20.45 every Monday

Westminster Adult Education Service

219 Lisson Grove, London
 NW8 8LW. Tel: 020 7297 7297. Email: Web: