Creative Writing Online







Join the Writers’ Centre Norwich - UEA Creative Writing Online Programme and gain access to university level courses written and taught exclusively by our expert writer-tutors Mark McNay, Eliza Robertson, Anjali Joseph, K.J. Orr and Helen Ivory. This is your chance to benefit from the UEA’s world renowned expertise and reputation. Give your creative writing a real chance to progress. 

This partnership between Writers’ Centre Norwich and the UEA gives you the opportunity to work online or face-to-face in 12 or 24 week courses in poetry or fiction. The courses are led by writers who have expertise both as writers and tutors. The courses are for beginners as well as for those ready to tackle something more advanced, and offer a Certificate of Attendance from the UEA/WCN.




Online Courses: Poetry and Fiction


Take an online course and work on your writing at a time that suits you. Working on our specially developed online learning environment using course materials designed by your tutor, you will benefit from individual feedback on your written work from your tutor for each module. This bespoke criticism will really aid your progression as a writer, and far out-weighs the level of personal feedback that you could expect on an average course. At the close you will get more extensive feedback about your work from your tutor, including advice about where to take your writing next.


Autumn 2016

Coming Soon
26 September – 19 December 2016, £450
This 12-week course with award-winning author Eliza Robertson will show you how to write prose fiction by looking at how to craft a good short story. Eliza's first short story collection, Wallflowers, was shortlisted for the Canadian Authors Association Emerging Writer Award, the Danuta Gleed Short Story Prize Prize, the East Anglia Book Award, and selected as a New York Times Editor's Choice.

Full details on how to apply for this course will be announced shortly. To be the first to find out, please subscribe to our e-newsletter.

About Eliza Robertson

Eliza Robertson was born in Vancouver and grew up on Vancouver Island. She attended the creative writing programs at the University of Victoria and the University of East Anglia, where she received the 2011 Man Booker Scholarship. In 2013, her story "We Walked On Water" co-won the Commonwealth Short Story Prize. Her first collection, Wallflowers, was shortlisted for the Canadian Authors Association Emerging Writer Award, the Danuta Gleed Short Story Prize Prize, the East Anglia Book Award, and selected as a New York Times Editor's Choice. In 2015, she was named by Joseph Boyden as one of five emerging writers for the Writers' Trust Five x Five program. She lives in England.





New tutor for 2016 - Coming Soon
26 September – 19 December 2016, £450
This 12-week online course, designed for complete beginners or those with little experience, will teach you how to develop your novel or short story idea into a fully fleshed narrative. Award-winning writer K.J. Orr will advise you on how and where to look for ideas, how to use memory and imagination to develop story ideas, and how to observe and listen so that your story is believable and convincing. 

Full details on how to apply for this course will be announced shortly. To be the first to find out, please subscribe to our e-newsletter.

About K.J. Orr

K.J. Orr is an award-winning writer whose short fiction has appeared in numerous publications including the Irish Times, the Dublin Review, the White Review and Best British Short Stories. She was shortlisted for the BBC National Short Story Award in 2011. Her debut collection of stories, Light Box, was published in 2016. She is a graduate of the MA in Creative Writing at UEA, and holds a doctorate on the short story from the University of Chichester. She has worked as a writing tutor and mentor in London, and her reviews and critical work have appeared in the Guardian, the Times Literary Supplement and Poetry Review, among others.





26 September – 19 December 2016, £450
This 12-week online course, designed for complete beginners or those with little experience, will teach you how to develop your novel or short story idea into a fully fleshed narrative. Award-winning writer Mark McNay will guide you through creating characters, developing plot, and balancing showing and telling a reader what is happening in your story. Along with this, you will tackle writing good dialogue and effective description, as well as the intricacies of managing character, time, and place and navigating different forms of narrative. 


26 September 2016 – 17 April 2017, £900 
This 24 week course builds on the expertise acquired at introductory level, and introduces more depth and a wider range of reading and approaches to fiction. Perhaps you have completed introductory courses or one-off workshops, through WCN or other providers. You are familiar with basic techniques of storytelling, have some knowledge of trends in contemporary literature, and may have gained professional recognition for your writing. Now you want to take it to the next level.

Full details on how to apply for this course will be announced shortly. To be the first to find out, please subscribe to our e-newsletter.

About Mark McNay

Mark McNay was brought up in a mining village in central Scotland. He read literature at UEA and there discovered a talent and love for writing. His first novel, Fresh, won the Arts Foundation New Fiction Award 2007 and the Saltire First Book of the Year Award. His second novel, Under Control, was shortlisted for the Aye Write award in 2009. Mark’s short fiction has been long listed for various prizes, and has been broadcast on Radio 4. Mark has taught writing at UEA and Anglia Ruskin University.






Coming Soon
26 September 2016 – 17 April 2017, £900 
This course will help you develop an understanding of your poetic abilities. Over 12 modules you’ll consider various aspects of poetry and work through challenging exercises. By completing assignments you’ll get valuable one-to-one feedback from Helen and hints and tips on how to strengthen your poems. 

Full details on how to apply for this course will be announced shortly. To be the first to find out, please subscribe to our e-newsletter.

About Helen Ivory

Helen Ivory is a poet and experienced tutor. Her fourth Bloodaxe Books collection is Waiting for Bluebeard. She is an editor for The Poetry Archive and edits the webzine Ink Sweat & Tears.  

She has over 15 years teaching experience at all levels and as well as teaching for UEA/WCN  also teaches for The Poetry School, The Arvon Foundation and The Poetry Society and  is co-editor with George Szirtes of In their Own Words: Contemporary Poets on their Poetry (Salt, 2012).




Coming Soon
26 September 2016 – 17 April 2017, £900 
Find a sense of play and adventure in your writing and back it up with strong research and story-telling techniques in this 24-week online Writing Fiction: Intermediate course led by prize-winning novelist, Anjali Joseph. With one-to-one feedback and a set of practical exercises, assessments and the use of a private, supportive discussion forum, this course will give you the skills required to reach that all important final draft.

Full details on how to apply for this course will be announced shortly. To be the first to find out, please subscribe to our e-newsletter.

About Anjali Joseph

Anjali Joseph was born in Bombay. She read English at Trinity College, Cambridge, has taught English at the Sorbonne, and written for the Times of India in Bombay. She was commissioning editor of ELLE India. Her first novel Saraswati Park (2010) won the Betty Trask Prize and the Desmond Elliott Prize, and was joint winner of India’s Vodafone Crossword Book Award for Fiction. Another Country, her second novel, was published in 2012 and was longlisted for the Man Asian Literary Prize. The Living, her third novel, was published in March 2016.





How does the online course work?

By choosing to study online with the UEA-WCN Creative Writing Programme, you will gain access to a university level course written and taught exclusively by your tutor. 

The online course is designed so that you can work at home at a time that suits you (there are no set class times). For each module you will download a pack of core information from our easy to use private website (you will be given personal log-in details). Each pack comprises key learning materials, exercises, reading materials and a written task to complete to a specific deadline. 

Your tutor will then give you written feedback on each task, this bespoke criticism being invaluable in your progression as a writer, and far out-weighing the level of personal feedback you could expect in an average course. 

Throughout, you can share your work with and chat to your group (max 15 participants) using our easy-to-use forum, designed especially for creative writers. You tutor will contribute to these discussions. You will also be able to email your tutor privately with any questions you might have about the course.

At the close you will get more extensive feedback about your work from your tutor, including advice about where to take your writing next. You will also get a Certificate of Completion from the UEA/WCN.




Looking for something else?

We also run day courses here at WCN, where you can hone your fiction, poetry, and genre-writing, and meet agents in order to refine your agent submissions, along with offering coaching and mentoring sessions to help you progress and offer ongoing support.

Visit our What's On page for all workshops and events.