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Introduction to Teaching Creative Writing

Identify techniques and learn practical skills to effectively teach creative writing in a variety of different contexts.

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Diverse group of students have fun during their adult creative writing class at the local college.

Introduction to Teaching Creative Writing

1,169 enrolled on this course

  • 3 weeks

  • 3 hours per week

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  • Introductory level

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Learn how to best teach Creative Writing as a subject

Creative writing is used in school, college, and university settings worldwide as a subject in its own right, and as a teaching technique for exploring and communicating ideas in almost any discipline.

It’s also increasingly being used within health and social care and criminal justice settings for therapy and personal development.

On this informative, three-week creative writing course, you’ll gain all the skills you need to teach creative writing in your context.

Discover various settings in which creative writing is best used

You’ll get engaged in the debate about the value of creative writing and its uses, and will learn about the various contexts and ways in which creative writing is used. These include:

  • As part of health and social care
  • As a community-building tool
  • A way to develop confidence and empathy
  • A tool for exploring and communicating ideas

Understand the best practices to begin teaching creative writing

You’ll reflect on the ethical considerations when teaching creative writing, and will develop an awareness of safeguarding particular personal issues when practising your teaching in order to make the workspace ‘safe’.

Finally, you’ll develop practical teaching skills and ideas that can be implemented in a variety of situations. This knowledge will help you finetune and model your overall writing process so that you can teach creative writing to your best ability.

Learn from the experts at the Manchester Writing School

The Manchester Writing School at Manchester Metropolitan University hosts the largest English and creative writing masters programme in the United Kingdom. You’ll be guided throughout by 27 active researchers and teachers within the creative writing field.


  • Week 1

    Can you teach Creative Writing and how should you do it?

    • Welcome

      Introducing you to the team and the course!

    • Can Creative Writing be taught?

      Different perspectives on this knotty question!

    • Journalling your experience

      Looking at writing journals and creative exercises!

    • Free Writing

      The importance and benefits of Free Writing

    • Generating ideas

      Where do we get our ideas from?

    • Reflection

      Reflecting on our work this week!

  • Week 2

    Where can you teach Creative Writing?

    • Creative Writing outside of the academy

      Creative Writing isn't just something that happens in universities, it happens in a vast array of different places

    • Community Writing

      Working in different and diverse communities

    • Stakeholders

      Who are they?

    • A Creative Writing resource

      Resources you can use

    • Reflection

      So we've thought about where and to whom you can teach Creative Writing and hopefully you're now aware that the possibilities are endless

  • Week 3

    How has it been done, and how might you do it differently?

    • Introduction

      Putting it all into practice

    • The workshop: history and set up

      What is a workshop?

    • The workshop: manifesto and ethos

      Investigating the manifesto and ethos

    • Improvisation and decentring the self

      How to move beyond the instrumental

    • How to construct a writing exercise

      Ideas on writing exercises

    • Final reflection

      Key points from the course

Who is this accredited by?

The CPD Certification Service
The CPD Certification Service:

This course has been certified by the CPD Certification Service as conforming to continuing professional development principles.

When would you like to start?

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Learning on this course

On every step of the course you can meet other learners, share your ideas and join in with active discussions in the comments.

What will you achieve?

By the end of the course, you‘ll be able to...

  • Engage in discussions and thinking around the different spaces Creative Writing can be taught in
  • Identify the various contexts and ways in which Creative Writing is used in developing confidence and empathy
  • Reflect on the ethical considerations and develop an awareness of safeguarding issues involved in teaching Creative Writing
  • Develop practical teaching skills and ideas that can be implemented in a variety of situations

Who is the course for?

This course is primarily designed for English teachers teaching within the UK, freelance writers who have no experience within the pedagogy of creative writing, as well as health, social care and criminal justice professionals who are looking to use creative writing within their respective practice.

Who will you learn with?

I am Professor of Contemporary Writing at Manchester Metropolitan University. I am the author of three poetry collections and recently edited the anthology 100 Queer Poems, alongside Mary Jean Chan.

Who developed the course?

Manchester Metropolitan University

Manchester Met University has a driving ambition to discover and disseminate knowledge and make higher education as accessible and beneficial to all those with the passion and ability to succeed.

Manchester Poetry Library

Based in the heart of Manchester, a UNESCO City of Literature, we are developing an extensive collection of contemporary poetry from books to recordings, in multiple languages.

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