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Start writing fiction

Have you always wanted to write, but never quite had the courage to start? This free course, Start writing fiction, will give you an insight into how authors create their characters and settings. You will also be able to look at the different genres for fiction.

Free course
12 hrs
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Hitler's rise and fall: Timeline

Track the key events in Hitler's life, from his childhood in Austria to his suicide in the bunker in Berlin.

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Writing what you know

Do you want to improve your descriptive writing? This free course, Writing what you know, will help you to develop your perception of the world about you and enable you to see the familiar things in everyday life in a new light. You will also learn how authors use their own personal histories to form the basis of their work.

Free course
8 hrs
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World Poetry Day

21 March is World Poetry Day. Take a look at a range of powerful poems in our poetry prescription tool, view our videos and try a range of free courses.

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Canals: The Making of a Nation

Liz McIvor looks at who built the nation's canal network, who funded it, those who worked on it and how they were regenerated following The Second World War.

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Understanding musical scores

This free course, Understanding musical scores, provides a general introduction to how to understand a musical score, and insights into what professional musicians do with the notation that these contain. You’ll learn how to connect the notation you see with the music you hear, from short familiar melodies to a full orchestral score.

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12 hrs
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Methods in Motion: Remaking experimental philosophy

The emerging experimental philosophy movement, borrowing approaches from psychology, is interesting - but it can and should go further, believes Claire Hewson

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The debate on the origins of the First World War

The way historians have viewed the causes of WWI has changed in the hundred years since war broke out.

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The Somme: The German perspective

How do Germans view the Battle of The Somme?

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Death on the eve of Armistice

Flu and a last gasp of fighting claimed lives even as the First World War was coming to a close. Michael Palin spoke to two experts to find out why.

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