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The Evolution of English debate

The Evolution of English debate Copyrighted image Credit: 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...

Psychological drama: Writing fictional crime drama for a forensic psychology course

Psychological drama: Writing fictional crime drama for a forensic psychology course Copyrighted image Credit: Micha Klootwijk | Dreamstime.com
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 31 Mar 2015
For Graham Pike, writing psychology courses is part of the job. But what happened when he found himself having to create a crime drama?

World Book Day

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Updated 05 Mar 2015
Calling all bookworms and budding writers! Celebrate World Book Day (Thursday 5th March 2015) with our free resources and eBooks on OpenLearn.

Why I'd say yes, yes, yes to the Bad Sex award

Why I'd say yes, yes, yes to the Bad Sex award Copyrighted image Credit: Dreamstime
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 08 Dec 2014
Is there a magic ingredient to writing good sex scenes? 

24th International Radio Playwriting Competition

24th International Radio Playwriting Competition Copyrighted image Credit: Photochecker | Dreamstime.com
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 28 Nov 2014
The winners of the competition have been announced. Find out more and explore drama and dramatists with OpenLearn.

The Great Fall: The effect on the arts

The Great Fall: The effect on the arts Copyrighted image Credit: Alexander Vasilyev | Dreamstime.com
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 03 Nov 2014
The fall of the Berlin Wall had a great impact, especially in the world of the arts. 

So you've written your novel, what now?

So you've written your novel, what now? Copyrighted image Credit: Sabri Deniz Kizil | Dreamstime.com
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 30 Oct 2014
Literary agent Joanna Swainson shares her top five tips for hooking an agent. 

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Start writing fiction

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Start writing fiction Copyrighted image Credit: Used with permission
Introductory level Duration 12 hours Updated 27 Jul 2015
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 21 Jul 2015
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...