Distance Learning

For postgraduate level distance learning study, Lifelong Learning offers a range of online diplomas: Postgraduate Study

The Centre is pleased to announce a number of learning for pleasure and undergraduate online distance learning courses, all of which are undertaken using the University's Virtual Learning Environment.

All learning on these courses will take place via distance, making this an ideal way for those with busy schedules to engage in our provision. There is no requirement to be online at any specific point in time, making this a truly flexible learning experience.

Students must have access to a PC or Mac with a broadband-standard of connection, and should be familiar with web-browsing and word processing - if you have any queries about the technical requirements of these courses, please do call the Centre for advice.

For full details of the Centre's certificate award in creative writing, visit our Study for Credit page which details the full programme structure.

Students can register and pay for these courses via the University's Online Store at http://store.york.ac.uk/ or by using the links below.

Autumn

An Introduction to Creative Writing (Core Module)

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This module aims to provide students with the skills necessary to produce short pieces of imaginative writing. It introduces a range of contemporary texts (poetry, prose, drama), looking at their main characteristics, whilst developing skills to use language accurately and imaginatively. Through exploration of a range of forms students will develop confidence and expertise. This module is the first part of the University Certificate of Lifelong Learning (Creative Writing) and it is recommended, though not essential, that students complete it before undertaking any of the other modules which form this certificate.

Rafe McGregor PhD PGCE

  • Start Date: 26 September 2016
  • No. of weeks: 11
  • Full fee: £250.00
  • Credits: 20

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Developing the Skills of Writing Fiction

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Students will explore and develop appropriate imaginative writing skills for use in a variety of prose-writing forms including the short story, the novel, autobiography and journal writing. Through group discussion of work in progress, individual tuition based on drafts and revisions, and seminar work on themes and forms, students will be led through the planning, writing and completion of a variety of pieces with the goal of writing to professional standards. It is recommended, though not essential, that students complete the Core Module and Critical Analysis before enrolling.

Rafe McGregor PhD PGCE

  • Start Date: 26 September 2016
  • No. of weeks: 11
  • Full fee: £150.00
  • Credits: 10

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Online Creative Writing Workshop 

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An online Creative Writing Workshop for beginners and those looking to refresh their writing skills, this is the perfect way for aspiring creative writers to develop and refine their skills. Over ten weeks, students will work through a structured series of specially designed online writing exercises exploring different forms of prose and poetry, all from the comfort of their own homes, receiving regular tutor and peer feedback along the way. As this is truly flexible learning, there are no requirements to be available at any specific time during the week, making it the perfect course for busy people who have always wanted to try their hand at creative writing.

Damian McDonald BSc MA

  • Start Date: 03 October 2016
  • No. of weeks: 10
  • Full fee: £110.00

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Online Creative Writing: Building Great Fiction 

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This online creative writing course will take you through the process of crafting successful fiction. Each week students will examine a different element of fiction writing through a series of exercises, discussion and tutor feedback. Many elements will be covered including inspiration and ideas, style, characters, plot and short stories. By the end, students will hopefully have completed a short story and/or started work on a longer piece of fiction. All learning will take place online in a flexible and informal format with no requirement to be available at a specific time.

 

Andrew Parrott BA MA

  • Start Date: 03 October 2016
  • No. of weeks: 10
  • Full fee: £110.00

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The Development and Impact of Britain’s Railways (1825-1914) 

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This online course will explore how the railways contributed to the transformation of Britain in the nineteenth and early-twentieth centuries. It will discuss how and why railways were constructed and the extent of government’s role in this process. The many changes the arrival of the railways brought to the nation will be discussed, including the boost they gave to trade and industry, how they transformed the leisure pursuits of the masses, and their contribution to the growth of cities.

David Turner PhD

  • Start Date: 03 October 2016
  • No. of weeks: 6
  • Full fee: £66.00

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Spring

 

An Introduction to Critical Analysis 

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This module introduces students to the skills relevant to critical analysis from a writer’s perspective. It examines the work of renowned writers to underpin students’ understanding of how to write successfully. Taking in a number of genres (poetry, prose fiction and scripts), the module will analyse the structure of literary forms and show students how to use language both accurately and appropriately. It is recommended, though not essential, that students have previously completed the Core Module in creative writing before enrolling.

Rafe McGregor PhD PGCE

  • Start Date: 09 January 2017
  • No. of weeks: 11
  • Full fee: £150.00
  • Credits: 10

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Developing the Skills of Writing Scripts

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Students will be presented with opportunities to examine and develop appropriate imaginative writing skills to be applied to a range of scripting forms. Through group discussion of work in progress, individual tuition based on drafts and revisions and seminar work on themes and forms, students will be led through the planning, writing and completion of a script with the ultimate goal of writing to professional standards. It is recommended, though not essential, that students complete the Core Module and Critical Analysis before enrolling.

Rafe McGregor PhD PGCE

  • Start Date: 09 January 2017
  • No. of weeks: 11
  • Full fee: £150.00
  • Credits: 10

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Online Creative Writing Workshop 

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An online Creative Writing Workshop for beginners and those looking to refresh their writing skills, this is the perfect way for aspiring creative writers to develop and refine their skills. Over ten weeks, students will work through a structured series of specially designed online writing exercises exploring different forms of prose and poetry, all from the comfort of their own homes, receiving regular tutor and peer feedback along the way. As this is truly flexible learning, there are no requirements to be available at any specific time during the week, making it the perfect course for busy people who have always wanted to try their hand at creative writing.

Damian McDonald BSc MA

  • Start Date: 23 January 2017
  • No. of weeks: 10
  • Full fee: £110.00

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Online Fiction Writing Workshop 

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Designed for both new and experienced writers, this online fiction writing course will take you through the process of writing fiction, beginning with suggestions for how to find stories, how to shape them, and how to breathe life into the characters and settings. Each week offers topics for discussion, exercises, and the chance to share your thoughts about writing. By the end, it is hoped you will have completed a short story of 2,000 words, as well as having many more ideas for other stories, and possibly longer fiction.

Lisa Selvidge BA MA

  • Start Date: 23 January 2017
  • No. of weeks: 10
  • Full fee: £110.00

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The Development and Impact of Britain’s Railways (1825-1914) 

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This online course will explore how the railways contributed to the transformation of Britain in the nineteenth and early-twentieth centuries. It will discuss how and why railways were constructed and the extent of government’s role in this process. The many changes the arrival of the railways brought to the nation will be discussed, including the boost they gave to trade and industry, how they transformed the leisure pursuits of the masses, and their contribution to the growth of cities.

David Turner PhD

  • Start Date: 23 January 2017
  • No. of weeks: 6
  • Full fee: £66.00

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Summer

Online Fiction Writing Workshop (Cancelled)

Designed for both new and experienced writers, this online fiction writing course will take you through the process of writing fiction, beginning with suggestions for how to find stories, how to shape them, and how to breathe life into the characters and settings. Each week offers topics for discussion, exercises, and the chance to share your thoughts about writing. By the end, it is hoped you will have completed a short story of 2,000 words, as well as having many more ideas for other stories, and possibly longer fiction.

Lisa Selvidge BA MA

  • Start Date: 17 April 2017
  • No. of weeks: 10
  • Full fee: £110.00

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Online Creative Writing: Building Great Fiction (Cancelled)

This online creative writing course will take you through the process of crafting successful fiction. Each week students will examine a different element of fiction writing through a series of exercises, discussion and tutor feedback. Many elements will be covered including inspiration and ideas, style, characters, plot and short stories. By the end, students will hopefully have completed a short story and/or started work on a longer piece of fiction. All learning will take place online in a flexible and informal format with no requirement to be available at a specific time.

Andrew Parrott BA MA

  • Start Date: 17 April 2017
  • No. of weeks: 10
  • Full fee: £110.00

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Developing the Skills of Writing Poetry (Cancelled)

Students will be presented with opportunities to explore and develop appropriate imaginative writing skills for writing in a variety of poetic forms. Through group discussion of work in progress, individual tuition based on drafts and revisions and work on themes and forms, students will be led through the planning, writing and completion of a collection of poems with the ultimate goal of helping them write to professional standards. It is recommended, though not essential, that students complete the Core Module and Critical Analysis before enrolling.

 Rafe McGregor PhD PGCE

  • Start Date: 17 April 2017
  • No. of weeks: 11
  • Full fee: £150.00
  • Credits: 10

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