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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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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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Ten top tips for writing a novel

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 tips and tricks to get a head start.

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So you've written your novel, what now?

Literary agent Joanna Swainson shares her top five tips for hooking an agent. 

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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 writer’s 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 hrs
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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 hrs
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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 hrs
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Creating a different world: Celebrating Ursula K LeGuin

A short celebration of the life and work of the sci-fi author Ursula K LeGuin, who died earlier this week.

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What's creative about creative writing?

Can creativity be taught? How far can you be creative when translating other people's work? Listen to translators, authors and creative writing teachers as they explore these and other questions of creativity.

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30 mins
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Introducing language and creativity

Our short video gives a brief introduction to creativity - and explores its links with language.

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5 mins
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Interviews - Writing For Radio

Get some advice on how to write a radio script from those that work in the industry. 

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