The Advanced Creative Writing Course

Price: £ 445.00

CREATIVE WRITING

Advanced Creative Writing Course

A fast, effective way to gain the skills required to write any form of fiction – from novels to short stories

A rigorous course for both beginners and seasoned writers

Now that you’ve completed the Basics of Creative Writing Course, it’s time to learn more sophisticated techniques for even better storytelling.

This course teaches you how to:

  • use dialogue, action and description to create strong characters
  • drive your story forward and keep your reader hooked
  • build mood, atmosphere and tension
  • write impactful scenes

 

If you’d like to get more practice writing scenes before you tackle a short story or novel, this is the course for you.

This Course Gives You...

Individual Feedback

Get prompt, honest, detailed feedback on every assignment from an award-winning writer. We focus on your unique writing strengths.

No Peer Reviews!

You will only be assessed by your tutor, an expert in their field. No more guessing and wondering how to write; you'll be guided line by line.

No Automated Marking

We use traditional methods of assessing work, as editors at publishing houses would. No generic feedback!

A Flexible Schedule

Work wherever and whenever you want to. You can easily fit our courses around work and other commitments.

Relevant, Usable Content

Easy-to-digest course notes that capture a lifetime of writing experience, ready for you to apply to your own writing.

Ongoing Assessment

You are assessed continuously as your course progresses.

Learn More About Creative Writing Techniques

Fine-tune your fiction writing project

Our Advanced Creative Writing Course takes the tools you acquired in the Basics of Creative Writing Course and teaches you how to use them in more sophisticated ways to achieve mature, polished writing.

The course consists of five modules and takes between three and six months to complete. 

**Please note that this course is only open to graduates of our Basics of Creative Writing Course who attained a minimum average of 75%. 

‘My experience on the course was excellent. My writing confidence has increased and, more importantly, my writing skills have improved. My experience with The Writers College has been 100% positive.’

Deborah Forbes, Advanced Creative Writing Course

Course Overview

Start your course at any time – applications open all year round.

COURSE FEE

Price includes VAT

NUMBER OF ASSIGNMENTS

20

The assignments vary in length.

NUMBER OF MODULES

5

These modules include around 200 pages of course notes.

COURSE DURATION

6

Work at your own pace – up to a maximum of six months.

START DATE: ANYTIME

Working with an individual tutor means you can start the course at any time.

ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS:

This course is only open to graduates of our Basics of Creative Writing Course who attained a minimum average of 75%. 

Our Graduate Students'

We are proud of our graduates who have achieved success. Here are a few among dozens of our creative writing success stories.

Tutor for this course

Helen Brain

Helen Brain has been writing novels for 25 years and teaching creative writing for 11. She has seen over 1,000 students graduate from her courses and has an exceptionally high student completion rate.

Helen believes that the craft of writing can be learnt and practised so that the story that appears on the page correlates closely with the story you have in your head.    

Helen’s achievements include:

  • Over 60 books published for children and young adults between 1997 and 2019
  • Here Be Lions, a memoir published in 2006 
  • Fiery Spiral trilogy, acquired by US publisher Catalyst Press in 2018
  • IBBY South Africa Honours List for multiple years (International Board on Books for Young People) 

Course Curriculum

Module 1

Writing Dialogue

  • Introduction
  • What is dialogue?
  • Writing good dialogue
  • Five writing assignments

Module 2

How Dialogue Is Used in Fiction

  • Bringing characters to life through dialogue
  • Revealing important information about characters through dialogue
  • Using dialogue to move the plot forward
  • Using dialogue to build suspense
  • Four writing assignments

Module 3

Creating Strong Characters Using Dialogue

  • Building character through dialogue
  • Building character through action
  • Building character through description
  • Introducing your character immediately
  • Demonstrating character through the eyes of other characters
  • Using metaphor to reveal a character’s life path and worldview
  • Interactions with other characters; power relations (who is dominant/submissive?)
  • Seven writing assignments

Module 4

Developing Backstories for Characters

  • Backstories
  • Exploring your own emotions
  • Six writing assignments

Module 5

Creating Atmosphere

  • Some rules about setting
  • Ways to use setting
  • Four writing assignments

What Our Students Say

Suze KolaczynskiAdvanced Creative Writing Course
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I walked away from the course with a deeper respect for all writers out there, as well as some self-confidence in my own abilities. I’ve learnt just how much work goes into producing a scene that people will enjoy reading. Helen is not only a gifted writer but an exceptional teacher. She has the ability to help you create writing pieces with heart and soul. She’ll tell you if she thinks you’re heading off in the wrong direction and encourage you to produce something more authentic that readers can connect with. If you’ve ever been curious about what goes into making a great story, I strongly recommend taking up a course with The Writers College. You won’t be disappointed.
Brady HeslopAdvanced Creative Writing Course
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This course was way more challenging than the Basics of Creative Writing Course. I feel as though I’ve grown in different areas of my writing. My tutor Helen was down to earth and honest, which made me comfortable with the way I put my words together. Completing courses with The Writers College is truly convenient and worth every cent.
Jared AisherAdvanced Creative Writing Course
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I had no hesitation starting the Advanced Creative Writing Course after I had finished the Basics Course, and I’m so glad I did. Helen is an incredible teacher! She always gives constructive, intelligent feedback in a very encouraging way, and I could tell she put a lot of time and effort into marking my work. Helen’s expert guidance in this course is invaluable for anybody wanting to further their writing abilities. I have much more confidence in my own writing, editing and storytelling, all thanks to this course. I would recommend this course along with the Basics of Creative Writing Course to anyone wanting to start a writing career or just polish their skills. It was immensely fun and very rewarding.
Maria PapasAdvanced Creative Writing Course
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This course was so enjoyable. I learned so much about what goes into making a great scene. Every module was laid out in such a way that made it easy to understand, without any complications at all. Helen was a wonderful tutor and mentor – her advice was invaluable! She was very encouraging in her feedback and was always there to help me whenever I had any questions. She helped build my confidence and taught me exactly how a good scene should be written. Thank you, Helen! All three modules covered just about everything necessary to improve my writing skills. I am so grateful to have signed up with The Writers College. These past six months have felt like a thrilling journey. Thank you so much. I loved it!
Michelle PeartAdvanced Creative Writing Course
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I have learned so much on this course, not just about the tools of writing but about what kind of writer I am and where I want to go with my words. Helen’s guidance on this course, and on the Basics of Creative Writing Course, has been invaluable in my journey to becoming a writer. I’m going to miss the structure and the hand-holding she afforded. The Writers College and the two courses I have attended have given me the confidence to run with my writing. Thank you so much.
Savannah LahtinenAdvanced Creative Writing Course
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Helen was a wonderful a tutor. She encouraged and inspired me to push through the limits I thought I had. My confidence as a writer and passion for writing have grown thanks to her support. I know many of her comments will remain with me and enrich my future writing.
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Get These Additional Benefits

Lifetime Course Access

Benefit from free lifetime access to future course updates and access to our writing resources.

Join a Community of Writers

You will have access to our friendly Facebook community, daily writing tips and writing inspiration.

500+ Bonus Articles on Our Blog

A superb, constantly updated resource with articles on writing and interviews with writers.

Work at Your Own Pace

Our courses work around you. You can pace your course around your busy life.

Work Opportunities

Top students are invited to join our writers and editors for hire service.

Be the First to Know About Writing Competitions

We'll help you keep up to date with the latest competition announcements

Risk-Free 100% Money-Back Guarantee

We are so confident that you will love your course that if you’re not 100% satisfied with the quality of our training, simply ask for a refund within 30 days.

Complete the Application Form to Enrol on the Advanced Creative Writing Course

You will receive an approval email and invoice within one working day.

*If the application form doesn’t submit, please contact admin and we’ll assist you.

Questions? We've Got Answers

The course consists of five modules. For each module, you will email an assignment with a specific word count to your tutor for assessment. Once you have received feedback, the module will be considered complete.

Absolutely. You have direct communication with your tutor for the duration of the course. The more questions you ask, the more you will get out of the course.

You will get lifetime access to the course. You will also benefit from future updates and improvements to the course.

For the majority of our courses, only your tutor will see your work. It will remain completely private unless you decide to get it published. 

You will receive a Writers College Certificate upon successful completion of the course, provided you meet the following conditions:

  • You must have completed all writing tasks.
  • A minimum average of 50% must be achieved.
  • The course must be completed within six months of registration.
  • Students must be graduates of the Basics of Creative Writing Course.
  • Students must have achieved at least 75% on the foundation course.
  • Applicants who haven’t previously studied with The Writers College, but who can provide evidence of prior learning, or publication, will be assessed on a case-by-case basis.

Because you will work with an individual tutor, you can apply for a course and start as soon as you want to. There are no specific start dates as would be the case with a traditional college.

An application is usually approved within one working day. Once we see proof of payment, your course will start.

You could be starting your course today!

Everyone writes at a different pace. After studying the modules, the exercises should take between two and four hours to complete.

Once your application has been approved, you will receive notice of approval and an invoice via email. As soon as we see proof of payment, you will receive the first module. We will also send you your tutor’s email address and your login details. Your tutor will also be in touch to welcome you.

Any work you create on our courses is owned by you. We will never make a claim to anything you produce. We follow the rule that copyright subsists with the creator (you).

‘This course was demanding; it challenged me and stretched my writing. Helen was a patient, encouraging tutor; she inspired me to keep going.’

Anna Gifford, Advanced Creative Writing Course

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