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We shouldn’t judge Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by its cover

We shouldn’t judge Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by its cover Creative commons image David.78 under CC-BY-2.0 licence under Creative-Commons license
Introductory level Duration 10 mins Updated 22 Dec 2015
Why has the absence of a Quentin Blake illustration in favour of a more grown up image on a 50th birthday edition of Roald Dahl's Charlie and...

25th International Radio Playwriting Competition

25th International Radio Playwriting Competition Copyrighted image Copyright: BBC
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 07 Dec 2015
The only global competition for radio playwrights. Find out more about 2015-16's event and explore drama and dramatists with OpenLearn.

Star Wars VII: The use of myth

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Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 03 Dec 2015
How does a science fiction franchise have any resonance for audiences nowadays? The use of myth helps with familiarity...

Star Wars VII: Myth and fairy tale

Star Wars VII: Myth and fairy tale Creative commons image Kristina Alexanderson under CC-BY-NC-ND-2.0 licence under Creative-Commons license
Introductory level Duration 10 mins Updated 27 Nov 2015
What storytelling styles and genres can be applied to Star Wars? Sara Haslam investigates...

National Novel Writing Month

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Introductory level Duration 1 hour Updated 26 Oct 2015
Could you write a novel in a month? National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) challenges you to write 50k words in November. Get a head start...

Ian McMillan's Writing Lab: Get writing: Tips and advice

Ian McMillan's Writing Lab: Get writing: Tips and advice Copyrighted image Copyright: BBC
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 26 Oct 2015
From getting inspiration to getting published - take your writing to the next level with our tips and advice.

National Poetry Day

National Poetry Day Creative commons image By spo0nman via Flickr under Creative Commons license under Creative-Commons license
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 05 Oct 2015
Get your quills at the ready and your thesaurus on standby for this collection of content exploring the magical world of poetry on National Poetry...

The Evolution of English debate

The Evolution of English debate Copyrighted image Copyright: The Open University
Introductory level Duration 30 mins Updated 21 Apr 2015
The 23rd April marks English language day 2015; we look at what has been the biggest influence on the English language over the past 100 years...

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Start writing fiction

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Introductory level Duration 12 hours Updated 07 Jan 2016
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...

Writing what you know

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Introductory level Duration 8 hours Updated 06 Jan 2016
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...