Free writing courses

I thought this week I’d pull together some of the free writing courses that are available online.

The Open University runs hundreds of free courses under their Open Learn scheme.

You study at your own pace and if you sign up (no cost), you can qualify for a certificate on completion. Currently, they are running:

Start writing fiction; Writing what you know; and (advanced) Creative writing and critical reading. 

Click here

I have studied creative writing with the Open University so I have no hesitation in recommending the above.


I’ve signed up for weekly prompts from agents Curtis Brown. You can join at any time and if you want feedback, you’ll have to pay! Click here

Other free courses I’ve found are these, but I have no personal experience. (American) (American) (only one course free but others are very reasonably priced)

If you do try any of these, I’d love to hear how you get on and, if you’re agreeable, pass on your feedback on this website.

And just to mention the sad passing of Tim Brooke Taylor – what a great talent to get people laughing.

Have a good and safe week.



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