Learn how to write fiction with line-by-line support, encouragement and mentoring from an award-winning writer.

Our online creative writing courses allow you to flex your creative muscle and learn essential creative writing techniques.

Fast-track your creative writing journey, whether you are writing simply for the pleasure of it, or to get published.

The Basics of Creative Writing

Master the basic skills required for all forms of creative writing. Practise your writing in dozens of fun exercises in this four-month writing course. Suitable for all levels of writers.

Die Basiese Kreatiewe Skryfkursus

'n Inleidende kursus vir aspirantskrywers van kortverhale, romans, memoires en boeke vir kinders

The Advanced Creative Writing Course

Our Advanced Creative Writing Course builds on the skills you acquired in the Basics of Creative Writing Course. Use these skills in more sophisticated ways to achieve mature, polished writing. Open to graduates of the Basics Course.

Short Story Writing for Magazines

Learn the skills you need to write saleable short stories for magazines – plus discover how to stretch your imagination and stimulate your creativity!

Literary Short and Flash Fiction

In this course, we provide the tools you need to write literary short stories. We also share tips on how to get them published in print and online journals.

The Write a Novel Course

This course covers everything you need to write your manuscript - chapter by chapter. Learn how to write believable dialogue, create solid characters, how to structure your plot and create tension. Walk away with a proposal ready for the publisher's desk.

Skryf ՚n roman kursus

Het jy nog altyd daarvan gedroom om ‘n roman te skryf? Ons interessante en praktiese aanlynskryfkursus is ontwikkel om jou stap vir stap te begelei.

An Introduction to Poetry

This course teaches you the basic skills of poetry, including line length, figures of speech, metered verse, tone, imagery and lyricism.

The Scriptwriting Course

Write and sell your own stage play, radio play or movie script. This course will guide you from your big idea to a saleable finished product.

The Writing for Video Games Course

Learn to write for one of the fastest growing industries in the world! This ten-module course teaches you how to write dialogue, concept documents, in-game text and the host of other narrative assets that you'll find in video games.

Writing Books for Children | Part One

You're about to enter the exciting world of writing a book for children. This potentially lucrative market is always open to new writers who have cracked the code of what inspires children.

Writing Books for Children | Part Two

This follow-on course from Writing Books for Children (Part One) will provide the tools and support you need to complete your chapter book for 8- to 12-year-olds.

The Write Your Memoir Course

This course offers expert, one-to-one training by a professional writer to give you a solid foundation in the craft of memoir writing.

The courses below are follow-on courses aimed at completing a full manuscript or anthology.

Advanced Short Story Writing

Our Advanced Short Story Writing Course is designed to guide you step by step to write a collection of short stories for a personal anthology. (Conditions apply.)
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The Advanced Write a Novel Course

Our Advanced Write a Novel Course builds on the manuscript that you wrote in the foundation course. Now complete your manuscript up to 70 000 words with one-to-one guidance from an award-winning writer.

The Advanced Poetry Course

Our Advanced Poetry Course will take you a step further on your journey towards crafting poems that could be considered for publication by literary journals. Your experienced tutor will teach you how to find your poetic voice, how to edit your own work, and how to become more technically proficient as a poet.

The Advanced Scriptwriting Course

This advanced writing course provides all the support and structure you need to develop a complete script for film, stage or a TV series.

The Advanced Memoir Course

Our Advanced Memoir Course builds on the manuscript that you wrote in the foundation course. Now complete your manuscript up to 70 000 words with one-to-one guidance from an award-winning writer.

Our Creative Writing Students' Published Novels

Many of our creative writing students have gone on to publish their novels, short stories, poetry and children's books. This is testament to their dedication, as well as the calibre of their tutors! Below is a selection of their published books.

Books published by writing course students at The Writers College after completing their writing courses

Our Students Have Been Finalists or Winners in These Global Writing Competitions

Our Writers College students have been finalists or winners in these global writing competitions

Got More Questions?

We would love to help you choose the best course for you. Tell us what style of writing you want to develop and we'll give you some course options to consider.