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Literature Courses

Improve your own writing skills and learn more about literary greats with our online literature and writing courses. Explore Austen, Shakespeare, Burns, Wordsworth, Wilde and more.

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UEA (University of East Anglia)
An Introduction to Screenwriting
This online course explores the key concepts and fundamental principles involved in the process of screenwriting.
Corpus Linguistics
Lancaster University
Corpus Linguistics: Method, Analysis, Interpretation
Offers a practical introduction to the methodology of corpus linguistics for researchers in social sciences and humanities
"Reading" by Sam Greenhalgh, on Flickr, Licensed under CC BY 2.0. Close up of an open paperback book, with a hand at the edge of the page to hold it open. Green leaves and sunlight in background.
The University of Edinburgh
How to Read a Novel
Get underneath the skin of a novel by understanding some of the main building blocks of modern fiction.
Robert Burns
University of Glasgow
Robert Burns
Dig deeper into the life and works of Robert Burns, with this free University of Glasgow course.
Gabriel Garcia Marquez centred in a photographic portrait
University of Los Andes
Reading Macondo: the Works of Gabriel García Márquez
Explore why the author of One Hundred Years of Solitude is one of the 20th century’s leading writers in this free online course
Gabriel Garcia Marquez centred in a photographic portrait
University of Los Andes
Leer a Macondo
Explorar por qué el autor de Cien años de Soledad es uno de los escritores más importantes del siglo XX.
Università per Stranieri di Siena (UniStraSi)
Studying in Italian - Language and Literature
Study Language and Literature in Italian and develop the skills you need to take part in a European student mobility program.
William Wordsworth
Lancaster University
William Wordsworth: Poetry, People and Place
Explore the influence of the Lake District on Wordsworth with this free online course, filmed at his home, Dove Cottage, Grasmere.
The course image for Start Writing Fiction. A pen and pencil sit on an open notebook with a coffee and an iPad close at hand, ready to start writing.
The Open University
Start Writing Fiction
This hands-on course helps you to get started with your own fiction writing, focusing on the central skill of creating characters.
University of Los Andes
Gabriel García Márquez
Identifique las contribuciones del autor a la literatura universal mediante el estudio de tres de sus grandes obsesiones.
University of Los Andes
Gabriel García Márquez
Identify the author’s contributions to world literature through the study of three of his obsessions: power, history and love.
 New Discoveries in Pneumaticks!  or - an Experimental Lecture on the Powers of Air, a historic cartoon by James Gillray, 1802 (credit: Royal Institution).
Lancaster University
Humphry Davy
Discover Humphry Davy and his contribution to science and the arts.
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