The PG Diploma in Creative Writing is a two-year part-time programme, aimed at writers wishing to develop their creative and critical skills at an advanced level. The programme adopts an all-encompassing approach to the discipline of creative writing, taking in a variety of genres and exploring the major forms of prose, poetry and scripts.

The programme starts in late September/early October each academic year – places are limited to ensure a constructive atmosphere for workshops.   This is a part-time, postgraduate-level programme delivered wholly online in a fully-supported learning environment. Students can exit with a Postgraduate Certificate after successful completion of the first year if their circumstances change.

The programme is a keen mix of writing exercises and literary analysis, and students will develop an understanding of the following key areas:

  • The power of imagination in literary creation
  • The distinctive character of texts written in the principal literary genres: fiction, poetry and drama, and of other kinds of writing
  • How literature and language produce and reflect cultural change and difference
  • The structure, levels and discourse functions of the English language
  • The role of critical traditions in shaping literary history, and the linguistic, literary, cultural and socio-historical contexts in which literature is written and read
  • The range and variety of approaches to literary study, which may include creative practice and performance
  • The central role of language and in the creation of meaning, and the affective power of language.

Study Details:

Online Distance Learning 2 years part-time

Module Details:

This part-time two-year programme will comprise six 20-credit modules which will develop students’ writing skills and their critical faculties in a range of genres. These modules are:

Year One

  • Effective Creative Practice: Creativity, Theory and the Craft of Writing
  • Critical Approaches to Creative Practice: Methodology, Research and Literature
  • Compressed Fiction: The Art of the Short Story

Year Two

  • Poetic Power: Theory and Practice in Contemporary Poetry
  • Sustained Fiction: The Novel as Narrative
  • Dramaturgy, Sound and Screen: Scripting for Theatre, Radio, Film and Television.

Students will be required to complete all these modules in the first instance, though additional modules may be added in the future to accommodate future programme growth and offer a broader learning experience.

Assessments will comprise a balance of creative portfolios at the conclusion of every module, alongside critical essays, reflective journals and literary reviews.


For 2016/17, the cost of the Diploma award will be £5,320, split between the two years of the programme.

Entry Requirements

Normally students will be expected to hold a Bachelor’s Degree in a related subject area (such as English). CLL will also favourably consider any student previously awarded a BA/BSc in any subject, and with evidence of recent HE level creative writing study.

As a Centre based upon the cornerstone of open access, CLL will also seek to ensure that those without the qualifications highlighted above, but with the obvious ability to succeed, have the opportunity to engage.

In such instances, a portfolio of recent creative/imaginative writing and/or the presentation of a critical literary essay may be requested and considered by the admissions panel; CLL reserves the right to ask any student for such a portfolio to support their application.

Any student may be called to interview.

Students must have an IELTS score of 7.0 where appropriate.

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