Looking for creative writing courses, but don’t know where to start? Check out Fairlight’s Creative Writing School Directory – all of the major courses in the UK listed in one handy place. If you’re thinking about writing a novel for the first time, or if you’ve written one and want advice on how best to polish it up and send it to agents, there’s a course out there for you.
The directory covers schools offering a range of writing courses, from short classes to university degrees, all stored under one roof (or under one domain, if you speak Internet). This way, anyone, experienced or not, who is interested in learning more about the art of creative writing, will be able to find the best schools and courses that suit their needs.
We’ve discovered a lot of inspiring courses, some are taught by brand name authors, others offer links to the publishing industry, and one even takes place outdoors. There is something for everyone but with so many options it can be hard to pick. That’s why we’ve also created a search facility designed to help users find the best courses for themselves.
Writers can narrow their search by type of school, location, certification level, and the Fairlight Spotlight Award. Types of school have been divided into two categories, academic and non-academic. Academic courses are offered by an academic institution and result in a formal qualification. These are generally carried out over a longer timeframe, by tutors with professional teaching qualifications, and cover a wider range of creative writing subjects such as poetry, writing for stage or screen, critical analysis, as well as writing novels and shorter fiction.
The non-academic writing courses, on the other hand, are usually more specifically focused on a particular type of creative writing (such as ‘Writing your first novel’ or ‘How to edit your novel’) and can be as short as a weekend. Some of the non-academic courses provide more extensive guidance on how to approach literary agents or how to get published rather than focus on teaching the skills of writing itself.
All the academic writing courses will have entry requirements, and some of the more popular non-academic schools will also look for a minimum writing ability from applicants.
After researching over a hundred writing course providers, and their many courses, we’ve found a handful which stand out from the rest. This can be due to the quality of their teaching, the profile of tutors and/or visiting guests, the profile of past alumni, or opportunities to link into agents, publishers, theatres, TV or other vocational writing related channels. Based on evidenced examples of these attributes, combined with feedback sent to us from course attendees, we recognise those writing schools in the directory which stand out from the rest with a Fairlight Creative Writing Schools Spotlight Award.
We will be continuing to add to our directory and if you feel that there are any courses that should be included but haven’t please contact us.