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  • Copyrighted  image Icon Copyright: Image courtesy of National Novel Writing Month

    National Novel Writing Month

    You know how they say everyone's got a novel in them, just waiting to be written? Well now's your chance! Join writers all over the world as they write 50k words in a month as part of National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo), here are our top...

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    Level: 1 Introductory

    Updated on:

    03 Nov 2021

  • National Novel Writing Month

    National Novel Writing Month Copyrighted  image Icon Copyright: Image courtesy of National Novel Writing Month
    Introductory level Duration 1 hour Updated 03 Nov 2021
    You know how they say everyone's got a novel in them, just waiting to be written? Well now's your chance! Join writers all over the world as they write 50k...
  • Star Wars: Myth and fairy tale

    By Dr Sara Haslam

    What storytelling styles and genres can be applied to Star Wars? Sara Haslam investigates...

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    26 Apr 2021

  • Star Wars: Myth and fairy tale

    Introductory level Duration 10 mins Updated 26 Apr 2021
    What storytelling styles and genres can be applied to Star Wars? Sara Haslam investigates...
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    Dr Sara Haslam on the Brontë sisters’ work

    By Dr Sara Haslam

    Sara Haslam was The Open University's academic consultant on OU/BBC drama 'To Walk Invisible'. Here she discusses what makes the Brontës’ work so fantastic. 

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    Level: 1 Introductory

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    26 Mar 2021

  • Dr Sara Haslam on the Brontë sisters’ work

    Dr Sara Haslam on the Brontë sisters’ work Copyrighted  image Icon Copyright: BBC
    Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 26 Mar 2021
    Sara Haslam was The Open University's academic consultant on OU/BBC drama 'To Walk Invisible'. Here she discusses what makes the Brontës’ work so...
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    World Poetry Day

    By The OpenLearn team

    21st 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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    5 mins

    Level: 1 Introductory

    Updated on:

    16 Mar 2021

  • World Poetry Day

    World Poetry Day Creative commons image Icon Steve Johnson under CC BY 2.0 licence under Creative-Commons license
    Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 16 Mar 2021
    21st 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...
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    Level: 1 Introductory

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    04 Mar 2021

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

    Psychological drama: Writing fictional crime drama for a forensic psychology course Copyrighted  image Icon Copyright: Micha Klootwijk | Dreamstime.com
    Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 04 Mar 2021
    For Graham Pike, writing psychology courses is part of the job. But what happened when he found himself having to create a crime drama?
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    Why I'd say yes, yes, yes to the Bad Sex award

    By Sally O'Reilly

    Is there a magic ingredient to writing good sex scenes? This article explores...

    Includes explicit content

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    Level: 1 Introductory

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    03 Nov 2020

  • Why I'd say yes, yes, yes to the Bad Sex award Includes explicit content

    Why I'd say yes, yes, yes to the Bad Sex award Copyrighted  image Icon Copyright: Dreamstime
    Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 03 Nov 2020
    Is there a magic ingredient to writing good sex scenes? This article explores...
  • Race and place

    How does your background and childhood experiences impact on your sense of identity? Poet Jackie Kay explores through poetry.

    Includes explicit content

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    Level: 1 Introductory

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    29 Sep 2020

  • Race and place Includes explicit content

    Introductory level Duration 10 mins Updated 29 Sep 2020
    How does your background and childhood experiences impact on your sense of identity? Poet Jackie Kay explores through poetry.
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    World Book Day

    Calling all bookworms and budding writers... it's World Book Day. Mark the event with our FREE courses, articles, interactive quizzes and eBooks on OpenLearn.

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    1 hour 30 mins

    Level: 1 Introductory

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    27 Feb 2020

  • World Book Day

    World Book Day Copyrighted  image Icon Copyright: © Haywiremedia | Dreamstime.com - Kids Reading Books in Fantasy Library
    Introductory level Duration 1 hour 30 mins Updated 27 Feb 2020
    Calling all bookworms and budding writers... it's World Book Day. Mark the event with our FREE courses, articles, interactive quizzes and eBooks on...
  • National Storytelling Week

    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 National Storytelling Week.

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    29 Jan 2020

  • National Storytelling Week

    Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 29 Jan 2020
    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 National...

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    MA in Creative Writing

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    BA (Honours) Arts and Humanities (Creative Writing)

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    BA (Honours) English Literature and Creative Writing

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    This degree offers a stimulating and wide-ranging introduction to English...

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    If you love the written and spoken word, this course is for you. As a...

    BA (Honours) English Literature

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    English literature is a broad, accessible and important subject. If you are...

    Diploma of Higher Education in English

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    Diploma of Higher Education in English
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    This diploma of higher education encompasses a wide range of fascinating...

    Certificate of Higher Education in Arts and Humanities

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    This certificate provides a broad introduction to the arts and humanities,...

    MA Creative Writing part 2

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    This module is the second part of the MA in Creative Writing. You'll build on...

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    MA in Creative Writing

    Course Course
    MA in Creative Writing
    Updated 29 Nov 2021
    This qualification is an opportunity to develop your skills as a writer in fiction...

    BA (Honours) Arts and Humanities (Creative Writing)

    Course Course
    BA (Honours) Arts and Humanities (Creative Writing)
    Updated 29 Nov 2021
    You will need a computer with internet access to study for this qualification....

    BA (Honours) English Literature and Creative Writing

    Course Course
    BA (Honours) English Literature and Creative Writing
    Updated 29 Nov 2021
    This degree offers a stimulating and wide-ranging introduction to English...

    BA (Honours) English Language and Literature

    Course Course
    BA (Honours) English Language and Literature
    Duration 3600 hours Updated 29 Nov 2021
    If you love the written and spoken word, this course is for you. As a...

    BA (Honours) English Literature

    Course Course
    BA (Honours) English Literature
    Duration 3600 hours Updated 29 Nov 2021
    English literature is a broad, accessible and important subject. If you are...

    Diploma of Higher Education in English

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    Diploma of Higher Education in English
    Updated 29 Nov 2021
    Whether it's reading between the lines, exploring the written and spoken word, or...

    Diploma of Higher Education in Arts and Humanities

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    Diploma of Higher Education in Arts and Humanities
    Updated 29 Nov 2021
    This diploma of higher education encompasses a wide range of fascinating...

    Certificate of Higher Education in Arts and Humanities

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    Certificate of Higher Education in Arts and Humanities
    Updated 29 Nov 2021
    This certificate provides a broad introduction to the arts and humanities,...

    MA Creative Writing part 2

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    MA Creative Writing part 2
    Duration 1200 hours Updated 29 Nov 2021
    This module is the second part of the MA in Creative Writing. You'll build on...