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Creative Writing: For Young People

Explore your creativity and find your unique writing voice with our UK university creative writing tutors and bestselling YA author Rupert Wallis. For teenagers and students.

This course allows you to:

  • Explore ways to come up with creative ideas and get them down on the page.
  • Experiment with a range of practical techniques used in writing prose fiction.
  • Develop some knowledge of the professional skills a fiction writer requires (e.g. following a brief, attention to detail, ability to work to deadlines).
  • Start to identify your potential as a creative writer.
  • Begin to practise critical judgment as you write a piece of creative writing of up to 500 words at the end of the course.

Find out more here: CREATIVE WRITING – FOR YOUNG PEOPLE – about the course

Please note, students under 18 will need a parent’s permission to join the course. 



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As you work through the sessions, you’ll develop your creative writing skills while working within a supportive community of fellow writers keen to share their experiences with you.

Week 1: Inspiration and ideas
Where stories come from. How to tap into creative inspiration, and take ideas from your head and onto the page. You’ll experiment with ways to start coming up with your own ideas.
Week 2: Creating characters
Where my characters come from; how I use dialogue and movement; how to get starting creating your own characters.
Week 3: Your story world
Where my novels take place; the role of setting; setting as metaphor and atmosphere; how do you choose a place to set a story idea?
Week 4: Point of view
Whose story am I writing; how I choose viewpoint; ways you can start thinking about who should tell your story.
Week 5: Shaping a story
How I plan out and shape a story; beginnings, middles and ends; where to begin your stories.
Week 6: Thinking about your readers
Now you’ll apply the techniques you have learned through the course to write a final longer piece of up to 500 words. You might rework a favourite piece you produced in an earlier session or develop something new based on what you’ve learned.


You’ll learn in the Professional Writing Academy’s online classroom, which is open 24/7 so you can balance your learning around your work, family and friends. You’ll work in a small group of fellow learners so you can discuss ideas, ask questions and share your writing as you progress through the sessions.

You’ll learn from:

  • Short audio and video files from your course tutors, writers or other industry experts
  • Tutor guidance
  • Online lecture notes and practical writing prompts and exercises
  • Directed reading and viewing lists
  • Online peer critiquing from other participants in the group
  • The assistance of a group moderator
  • The support of an online community and virtual classroom
  • A dedicated writing resources area, which is continually updated

You’ll need:

  • 5-7 hours per week to work through the course
  • A notebook and pen or pencil, if you like to make notes by hand
  • A laptop or computer* with:
    • A reliable broadband internet connection
    • Speakers or headphones
    • The latest version of Google Chrome, Firefox, Internet Explorer, Edge, or Safari
    • Microsoft Word. If you don’t have this you can download Open Office free
    • Adobe Reader, latest version. Download free
    • QuickTime Player, latest version. Download free
    • Adobe Flash Player 10 or higher

*You can access the course from a tablet or smartphone, but we recommend using a laptop or computer, as this makes it easier to share your work files with your writing group.

Join our alumni

After your course, you can join our online alumni where you’ll meet our growing network of past students. The alumni is a friendly group of writers who support each other as they continue to explore and develop their writing.
Within our online alumni area you can:

  • Rejoin your classmates on a private forum, together with access to an archived version of your course materials and forum posts
  • Meet alumni from other courses and groups and share your writing for feedback
  • Join discussions about reading, writing and ideas
  • Retain access to our online resources area, which we constantly update with interesting and informative links
  • Chat with other people in our online alumni chatroom. We also host live chats with guest tutors here

The course did a great job of encouraging peer feedback, and close writing relationships developed on the back of the work we did here – we are continuing to review each others’ work after the course and are already discussing putting work up for competitions.

PWA course participant 2019

What our students say...

I feel like I’ve learnt so much through the materials, also from just sitting down and writing.

What our students say...

A great kick-start for me, it’s really given me what I needed to keep going. Thank you.