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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”.

What I Mean to Say – Writing Your Memoirs

Everyone has a story to tell – and penning your memoirs is the perfect way to recount yours! Whether you’re an experienced writer, or a novice full of ideas but unsure as to where to begin, this fabulous five-day writing retreat is the ideal stepping stone on your life-writing path.

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Poetry: The Joy of Making

An aspiring poet who takes pleasure in the joy of making poetry? Pack up your pens and paper for a relaxed, inspiring week at The Garsdale Retreat, a cosy Edwardian house nestled amidst the picturesque Yorkshire Dales. Join a small group of up to seven fellow students for a series of morning workshops led by poets Simon Williams and Susan Taylor and enjoy creating new poems.

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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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Sino-Japanese Interactions through Rare Books

If, like us, you are intrigued as to how Chinese culture was received and adapted by Japan, FutureLearn’s Sino-Japanese Interaction course will prove to be a really fascinating insight into the history of rare books in China and the development of Japanese culture. Suitable for literature lovers, historians and anyone with a special interest in Asia.

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It’s Not Just About Daffodils – A Beginner’s Guide to Writing Poetry

Toying with writing poetry for a while or wanting to gain confidence? Join experienced tutor Hamish Wilson and guest reader John Hegley for a creative week of springtime poetry, nestled at Clough View, a cosy Edwardian house in the Yorkshire Dales. Joining a friendly, supportive group of up to six other fellow attendees, you will be taking inspiration from the landscape and from other poetry, weaving sonnets, haiku and more with your own carefully chosen words.

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Bodleian Treasures: 21 pairs and a tropical forest

A cultural trip to Oxford would not be complete without a visit to see an exhibition at The Bodleian Library – in particular we recommend visiting the Weston Library’s Shikshapatri manuscript which is being uniquely displayed among the 21 pairs of artefacts from the Bodleian’s extensive archival collection.

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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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