Free Writing Courses

Hi everyone!

So today is a short post. I just thought that I would share two websites offering free courses that you may or may not know about.

FutureLearn is a site that offers free courses on a plethora of different topics. Their writing courses range from poetry to song writing to screenwriting. You can also commit to short courses on the topics of psychology and sociology as well as many others, but I often find that psychology and sociology particularly help with me with my writing (of course, this is different for every writer and highly dependent on what you like to write about!).

The only issue is that you only have a certain amount of time to finish the courses and if you don’t finish them within 2/3/4/however many weeks you have then you will need to pay £42 to have permanent access to the course. You also get a certificate if you pay but I didn’t really see the point. On a more positive note, the courses allow you to interact with others in a comments section. This is particularly useful for the writing courses as you can share ideas and receive constructive criticism from your peers!

I’ve so far finished ‘An Introduction To Screenwriting’ and have started the ‘Start Writing Fiction‘ course. Personally, I felt like the screenwriting course was difficult to concentrate on although, it did have some really useful exercises that I’ve found beneficial for my planning process 🙂 As for the fiction course, I’ve only just started it but I’m really enjoying it so far!

OpenLearn is another website I found that runs a wider variety of free courses:

Under each of the topics are a number of different courses. While I haven’t enrolled on any courses on here yet, the good thing is that there doesn’t appear to be a time limit on how long you can access the course for. And, if you want, you can request a certificate upon completion of the course – for FREE.

Some of the writing courses on here focus on explorations of different texts and authors, as well as introductions to plays, poetry, fiction and the business of film.

Both websites are hyperlinked – just click on their names!

I hope this has helped some of you! Let me know what courses you enrol on and how you find them 🙂

– Jade

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