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The “Schedule”

  • You will be given access to all of the course materials at the beginning of your course
  • Each session will start on a Wednesday, and although we encourage you to work to the weekly scheduled sessions, it is entirely up to you
  • Working to the weekly sessions will allow you to complete activities over the weekend and be able to participate fully in Q&A sessions with the Penguin Random House Editors

Flexible Learning From Anywhere

  • Studying a creative writing course online gives you the flexibility to work wherever and whenever suits you
  • There is no requirement to study at specific times of the day or on specific days of the week
  • Our online creative writing courses are delivered through a world-class, well established educational platform that is robust and easy to use

The Course Content

  • The course materials consist of podcasts (audio), videos, written content and links to external resources, all designed to help you become a better writer
  • Each creative course covers a different topic each week, for example, Beginnings, The Writing Process and Narrative Voice
  • Each topic or session provides between 5-15 hours of distance learning across the course materials and activities, depending on your chosen course

Your Tutor

  • While the course materials and activities within the learning path guide you through your course, it is your Tutor who will provide guidance, support, advice and individual feedback
  • Your Tutor will normally respond to your messages within 24 hours during the working week, Monday to Friday
  • Regular communication with your tutor is encouraged: this could involve asking for help with the wording of a single sentence or for advice on how best to approach the course materials

Using the Study Site

Once you have logged into your online writing studio, you will arrive at your dashboard. From here, you can navigate to your:

  • learning materials
  • tutor messages
  • and forums

As you work your way through the learning materials and writing activities in the Learning Path, you will be able to message your tutor for advice and feedback in the Tutorial area.

The Forums are a space in which you can communicate with fellow writers on the course – pitching ideas and receiving peer feedback.

You won’t be required to do anything particularly difficult or technical. However, we are aware that online study is new for many of our writers – we have created an ‘Induction’ section of the study site. This explains how to navigate the site, access course content and communicate with your Tutors during your studies with The Writers’ Academy.

The Learning Path section summarises the relevant course materials and activities provided. You can approach the materials and activities in the way you find most natural to you and schedule your writing around other commitments.

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