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    The Secret Life of Books

    Uncover the secrets of classic works of fiction that we all know and love.

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    20 Oct 2020

  • The Secret Life of Books

    Updated 20 Oct 2020
    Uncover the secrets of classic works of fiction that we all know and love.
  • Race and place

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

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    10 mins

    Level: 1 Introductory

    Updated on:

    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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    Constraints in creativity

    By Dr Volker Patent

    There has been considerable discussion of what classes as creative. Csikszentmihalyi (1996) defined creativity as something that "happens when someone does something new that is useful, generative, or influential". This implies novelty, which in...

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    04 Sep 2020

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    There has been considerable discussion of what classes as creative. Csikszentmihalyi (1996) defined creativity as something that "happens when someone does...
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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

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    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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    Ten top tips for writing a novel

    By Sally O'Reilly

    Got a novel bursting to get out? These tips from novelist and lecturer Sally O'Reilly may surprise you...

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    5 mins

    Level: 1 Introductory

    Updated on:

    12 Dec 2019

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    Got a novel bursting to get out? These tips from novelist and lecturer Sally O'Reilly may surprise you...
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    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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    04 Dec 2019

  • National Novel Writing Month

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    Introductory level Duration 1 hour Updated 04 Dec 2019
    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...
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    06 Nov 2019

  • So you've written your novel, what now?

    Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 06 Nov 2019
    Literary agent Joanna Swainson shares her top five tips for hooking an agent. 
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    National Poetry Day

    By The OpenLearn team

    3rd October is National 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

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    30 Sep 2019

  • National Poetry Day

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    Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 30 Sep 2019
    3rd October is National 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.
  • Happy birthday Roald Dahl

    By The OpenLearn team

    September 13th is author Roald Dahl's birthday. Find out more about one of the most whoopsy wiffling storytellers and learn how to start writing in our gloriumptious hub.

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    30 mins

    Level: 1 Introductory

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    24 Sep 2019

  • Happy birthday Roald Dahl

    Introductory level Duration 30 mins Updated 24 Sep 2019
    September 13th is author Roald Dahl's birthday. Find out more about one of the most whoopsy wiffling storytellers and learn how to start writing in our...

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    Creative writing and critical reading

    This free course Creative writing and critical reading explores the importance of reading as part of a creative writers development at the postgraduate level You will gain inspiration and ideas from examining other writers methods as well as enhancing your critical reading skills Examples will cover the genres of fiction creative nonfiction poetry and scriptwriting

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    8 hours

    Level: 3 Advanced

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    05 Sep 2019

  • Creative writing and critical reading

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    Advanced level Duration 8 hours Updated 05 Sep 2019
    This free course, Creative writing and critical reading, explores the importance...
  • 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

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    8 hours

    Level: 1 Introductory

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    19 Jul 2019

  • Writing what you know

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    Writing what you know
    Introductory level Duration 8 hours Updated 19 Jul 2019
    Do you want to improve your descriptive writing? This free course, Writing what...
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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

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    12 hours

    Level: 1 Introductory

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    14 May 2018

  • Start writing fiction

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    Have you always wanted to write, but never quite had the courage to start? This...

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    MA in Creative Writing

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    MA in Creative Writing
    Updated 23 Nov 2020
    This qualification is an opportunity to develop your skills as a writer in fiction...

    BA (Honours) Arts and Humanities (Creative Writing)

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    BA (Honours) Arts and Humanities (Creative Writing)
    Updated 23 Nov 2020
    You will need a computer with internet access to study for this qualification....

    BA (Honours) Arts and Humanities

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    BA (Honours) Arts and Humanities
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    From poetry to string quartets, and from sculpture to short stories, the...

    BA (Honours) English Literature and Creative Writing

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    BA (Honours) English Literature and Creative Writing
    Updated 23 Nov 2020
    This degree offers a stimulating and wide-ranging introduction to English...

    BA (Honours) English Language and Literature

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    BA (Honours) English Language and Literature
    Duration 3600 hours Updated 23 Nov 2020
    If you love the written and spoken word, this course is for you. A comprehensive...

    BA (Honours) English Literature

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    BA (Honours) English Literature
    Duration 3600 hours Updated 23 Nov 2020
    If you are interested in reading between the lines, and being challenged by new...

    Diploma of Higher Education in Arts and Humanities

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    Diploma of Higher Education in Arts and Humanities
    Updated 23 Nov 2020
    This diploma of higher education encompasses a wide range of fascinating...

    Diploma of Higher Education in English

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    Diploma of Higher Education in English
    Updated 23 Nov 2020
    Whether it's reading between the lines, exploring the written and spoken word, or...

    Certificate of Higher Education in Arts and Humanities

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    Certificate of Higher Education in Arts and Humanities
    Updated 23 Nov 2020
    This certificate provides a broad introduction to the arts and humanities,...

    MA Creative Writing part 1

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    MA Creative Writing part 1
    Duration 600 hours Updated 23 Nov 2020
    Building on skills learned at undergraduate level or as a practising writer, this...