New Online writing course

Friday, November 25th, 2022

Let us help you from blank page to finished manuscript


Creative Writing for Beginners


Start Date: Anytime
Delivery: Online

Duration: 11 Weeks

Price: £700



What you can expect


This is a general course aimed at all writers no matter what genre. It will equip you with the skills to write fiction, non-fiction and academic manuscripts.


The course is one-to-one with a mentor and will involve a professional series of weekly tasks which will cover character creation; perfecting your plot; choosing the best point of view; writing interesting and exciting description; getting the dialogue right; and creating a convincing voice and setting.

You will be sent written guidance from our team of published authors and video talks featuring writers in all genres sharing their expert knowledge about writing, getting published and promoting your work.

Every student will have a dedicated tutor who will provide you with advice, support, and feedback and will be available to answer any questions.



Structure of course


Week 1: What do I want to write?

Method: Exercises with feedback, one-to-one advice via email

You will be given exercises that will help you look at your writing and establish what you want to write, in terms, not only of genre, but what you want to say and why. It is really important that writers understand what they want to achieve by becoming an author. We will help you discover whether you want to write to highlight an issue, become famous, to make money or to change the world. We will help you discover your inner writer.

Week 2: Plot

Method: Exercises with feedback, one-to-one advice via email

Learn about and experiment with plot development. This will include developing a storyline, identifying your reader, planning your story arc and deciding on the characters that will play out your story.

Weeks 3 and 4: Character

Method: Exercises with feedback, one-to-one advice via email

Who are your main characters, what do they want and how do you get them to become real and translate that onto the written page? We will help you get inside the world of your character and know them inside out. Who are your minor characters and how do they fit into the world you have created? We will also help you explore how your characters are linked to your plot and how they drive the story forward.


Week 5: Point of view

Method: Exercises with feedback, one-to-one advice via email

Who is a telling the story? Point of view is one of the most important decisions you have to make when writing, and it is perhaps the most difficult decision you will make. Exercises will help you explore if you want to write in the first person or through a third person narrator, or from one character’s point of view or those of more than one of your characters.

Week 6: Description

Method: Exercises with feedback, one-to-one advice via email

We look at how to present the world of your story and its occupants and help you craft this so it is original and fresh. Many readers say they skip the descriptions, but if done right, those readers will see your world without even realising you have stepped away from the plot.

Week 7: Dialogue

Method: Exercises with feedback, one-to-one advice via email

If your characters don’t sound authentic, they will not connect with the reader and you will never pull your audience into the world of your book. We will help you learn the principles of writing believable and engrossing dialogue.

Weeks 8 and 9: Voice

Method: Exercises with feedback, one-to-one advice via email

Explore how to give your narrators lively, persuasive and diverse voices. Revise your decisions on characters and look at their voices within the story.

Week 10: Setting

Method: Exercises with feedback, one-to-one advice via email

A strong setting is almost a character in its own right and it should have a soul that grounds the story. We will show you how to reflect different moods, and to master how setting has the ability to change and influence people and events. Here you will learn how to present a dynamic world within which the characters interact and struggle.

Week 11: Assignment

Method: Written material, exercises with feedback, one-to-one advice via email

Put what you have learnt into practice by writing an extended piece of fiction.



Reading List


To be a great writer you need to be a great reader.

You will receive a reading list of books that best reflect the lessons in the course.



Cherry Mosteshar

Cherry is an author, a journalist, a ghost writer and a tutor with more than 30 years of experience as a writer and mentor to writers. She is also the Director of The Oxford Editors. You can read more about her on our Editors page.



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