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25th International Radio Playwriting Competition

25th International Radio Playwriting Competition Copyrighted image Copyright: BBC
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 07 Nov 2016
The only global competition for radio playwrights. Find out more about 2015-16's event and explore drama and dramatists with OpenLearn.

National Novel Writing Month

National Novel Writing Month Copyrighted image Copyright: Image courtesy of National Novel Writing Month
Introductory level Duration 1 hour Updated 01 Nov 2016
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...

Sleuths, Spies & Sorcerers: Andrew Marr’s Paperback Heroes

Sleuths, Spies & Sorcerers: Andrew Marr’s Paperback Heroes Copyrighted image Copyright: BBC
Updated 11 Oct 2016
Andrew Marr deconstructs detective fiction, fantasy epics and spy novels - the books we really read. He unpicks their conventions to show how...

National Storytelling Week

National Storytelling Week Copyrighted image Copyright: Connie Larson | Dreamstime.com
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 26 Jan 2016
Are you a natural storyteller or do you fancy writing a novel? Look no further than here where we have an abundance of free resources for...

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.

Edward Lear's Nonsense Songs

Edward Lear's Nonsense Songs Copyrighted image Copyright: © BBC
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 07 Sep 2015
Make your own nonsense and learn about Edward Lear’s innovative production techniques.

Introducing language and creativity

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Introducing language and creativity Copyrighted image Copyright: The Open University / Karen Parker
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 30 Jul 2015
Our short video gives a brief introduction to creativity - and explores its links with language.

So you've written your novel, what now?

So you've written your novel, what now? Copyrighted image Copyright: 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. 

Ten top tips for writing a novel

Ten top tips for writing a novel Copyrighted image Copyright: Dreamstime
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 28 Oct 2014
Got a novel bursting to get out? These tips from novelist and lecturer Sally O'Reilly may surprise you...

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Writing what you know

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Writing what you know Copyrighted image Copyright: Used with permission
Introductory level Duration 8 hours Updated 25 Aug 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...

Start writing fiction

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Introductory level Duration 12 hours Updated 13 Jun 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...