Skip to content

Toggle service links

Creative Writing

Creative Writing header image

Since 2003 The Open University has recruited over 50,000 students to its undergraduate creative writing modules. These have proved enormously popular with students as well as with the tutors who teach them, and have been acclaimed by publishers, leading authors, and teachers in other universities. 

The modules are currently overseen by Derek Neale, Sally O'Reilly, Fiona Doloughan, Siobhan Campbell, Jane Yeh and Heather Richardson, and taught by a vibrant and experienced group of over a hundred and fifty practising writers employed by the Open University as creative writing associate lecturers. Many of these tutors teach in other universities as well. By pooling and exchanging resources and experience, they have built up a unique archive of practical strategies for the teaching of writing.

See Meet the team to find out about the people who develop and run our courses. See Our tutors to find out what our tutors are up to currently in terms of their public readings, performances, publications, and academic presentations.

You can study creative writing as part of several degree programmes, including BA (Hons) English Literature and Creative Writing (Q86) or by taking  BA (Hons) Arts and Humanities with Creative Writing (R14), or combining creative writing with a number of other subjects as part of Humanities degree. We also offer an MA in Creative Writing for more experienced writers. If you want to know more see our creative writing qualifications page.

If you would like to find out how we teach creative writing watch our short video below and see how our courses fit together.

To sample some of our study materials, see our tasters and exercises. You can also listen to some of our interviews with authors. You can also listen to some of our interviews with authors and on FutureLearn we now have  Start Writing Fiction a MOOC (mass online open course) which is free for all learners and will give you an introduction to creative writing study.

Request your prospectus

Request a prospectus icon

Explore our qualifications and courses by requesting one of our prospectuses today.

Request prospectus

Are you already an OU student?

Go to StudentHome