Literature & Creative Writing

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Please note we have used "courses" to broadly cover courses, lectures, exhibitions and any other single "experience", and that we only profile a small selection of courses from each provider. In doing so we hope that this will help you to discover where to explore for other similar courses, without having to wade through thousands of courses to find what you really want.

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Entry – typically the shortest courses where no prior knowledge of the subject is needed.
Explore – may be short, may be longer, but we assume that typically you have an existing interest in the topic and would like to know more, and are prepared to commit more time and perhaps pay a bit more.
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We have divided courses according to whether you can do them at home/where you want, or whether you have to go to a specific place.
In Person – you need to go to where the course is delivered.
Online – you do the course where you want


Many of us don’t realise that there is a lot of free material online, so we give you the option to choose if you only want to look at free “content”.

‘Sappho to Suffrage’: women who dared

Marking the centenary of women’s suffrage in the UK, The Bodleian Libraries’ ‘Sappho to Suffrage’ exhibition showcases more than eighty highlights from the Libraries’ extensive archival collection.

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From Inspiration to Craft: The Making and Shaping of a Poem

Hide away in the Yorkshire Dales with a small group of fellow aspiring poets at the wonderful Garsdale Retreat for five days of writing and optional meditation workshops, where the intention is for you to find and develop your personal poetic voice. You will be encouraged to take risks and stretch boundaries while, at the same time, developing core skills and techniques.

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Start Writing Fiction

Always wanted to try your hand at writing fiction but not sure where or how to start? Join this terrific online course, share your work with peers and absorb the fabulous tips and support from expert writers – and get writing!

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Poetry & Autobiography

Graham Fawcett, who has lectured on poetry in the UK, Spain, Italy and America, as well as making poetry and literature programmes for BBC Radio 3, is a perfect companion for this intriguing journey through ‘Poetry & Autobiography’.

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How to Write Poetry

Love poetry? Dream of writing your own? Clueless as to where to begin? Look no further – actor, writer and poet Nigel Forde takes students through ten online lessons at their own pace – setting them off on a rewarding journey into the world of poetry writing.

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Extended Tour – Explore the Bodleian Reading Rooms

A ninety minute, expertly guided tour of the historic reading rooms at the Bodleian Libraries that begins in the medieval library of Duke Humfrey’s, including Selen End. Further reading rooms to be visited include Radcliffe Camera, Convocation Court, Chancellor’s Court, Upper Reading Room and the 15th-century Divinity School.

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