Writing Courses - details of online and residential writing courses
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ICS Learn
Headers: IT, Business, Technical Studies, Arts & Creative Skills, GCSEs, A-Levels, Leisure & General Interest, MBA
ICS is offering dozens of distance learning courses in a wide variety of subjects and levels. Prices are from £69 - £2199. Courses are divided into units, which you work through at your own pace, and at the end of each unit there is a testpaper to complete. Courses may be either paper based, CD or online. ICS stands for International Correspondence Schools and was established in 1890. Now part of the Thomson Learning Worldwide Group, it is one of the largest distance learning organisations in the world.
Writing courses available: Freelance Journalism, Professional Proofreader, Short Story Writing, Writing Books for Children, Writing for the Web

Headers: Distance Learnig: Business & Finance, Sales & Marketing, Psychohlogy & Health, IT & Web Design, Creative, Travel & Tourism
All the courses here are distance learning courses and are accredited by leading accreditation bodies such as ASET, IAB, LCCI, ABC and Microsoft. As you might guess from the url, CMIT is based in Ireland (Co. Wicklow) but note that most of these courses have UK accreditation. Prices are in Euros.

The University of the Third Age
The U3A (University of the 3rd Age) is made up of a collection of learning groups (currently 522 groups) throughout the UK who are affiliated to the U3A and who organise courses locally. The courses are specifically aimed at “3rd Agers” and vary depending on your area. If you are interested in becoming a member, you can get the telephone number of your local group here. Alternatively you might be interested in doing one of the short online courses available. Fees for these are currently £5 -£10. Typical online courses cover writing, art history, history, geography and understanding computers.
Writing courses available: Creative writing: fiction, Creative writing: poetry, Write to good effect, Writing for publication

Oxford Open Learning
Headers: Distance Learning
Founded in 1985, Oxford Open Learning is a member of the Association of British Correspondence Colleges (ABCC) and of the British Learning Association (BLA). The college offers distance learning courses to adults (UK and overseas students are welcome) and GCS and A level courses to children studying from home.
Courses available:
GCSE, A level, Accounting, Writing Courses, Basic Skills, Management, School Administration.

Headers: Residential Writing Courses
Arvon offers a large number of residential writing courses at quiet country locations in Yorkshire, Devon, Shropshire and Invernessshire. You will have time to write, discuss and receive professional advice and guidance from experienced writers.

Cardiff University
Headers: Online Creative Writng Course
Tutor led online course to develop imaginative writing skills.

Headers: Writing Course, Online Writers Toolkit
The unique GetPlotted Interactive writer's course and online toolkit. The toolkit, which is accessed via the internet, will generate plots, plot points, characters, locations, titles and synopsis. The writer's course includes writing exercises, tips, character development and how to find an agent and publisher. Standard membership is £49 for one year. Get writing!

London School of Journalism
Headers: Distance Learning Courses, Postgraduate Courses, Summer School, Evening Classes
Courses available in journalism and creative writing. Non distance learning courses are held in London. Distance learners have access to online lectures, a bulletin board and may attend post graduate lectures at no cost.

Headers: Get Writing: Online Mini Courses
Read articles or watch video clips and complete short exercises online. These are free online courses from the BBC for beginners, intermediate and advanced. In each secttion there are a number of courses to choose from.

The Open University
If you feel like doing a university degree course, then the OU offers a huge number of degree courses in all subjects. You can also enrol for non degree level short courses. Enrol online.

The Writers Bureau
Headers: Home Study Writing course
Courses available in creative writing, journalism, writing for children, writing for the internet, poetry, writing biographies, emoirs and family histories. The Writers Bureau is accredited by The Open & Distance Learning Quality Council and is a member of the British Learning Association.


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