Creative Writing At A Distance: Taking Your Teaching Online – 13, 20 and 27 Jan

The Open University and Connected NI bring you this three-part online professional development course offering practical and supportive training for Creative Writing facilitators who wish to learn more about teaching in a virtual environment.


Session 1: Hosting an online Creative Writing Workshop: Getting Started

  • Wednesday 13th January 2021,
  • 11:00-12:30

Session 2: Hosting an online Creative Writing Workshop: Exploring the Possibilities

  • Wednesday 20th January 2021,
  • 11:00-12:30

Session 3: Hosting an online Creative Writing Workshop: Workshop Ideas

  • Wednesday 27th January 2021,
  • 11:00-12:30


Since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, which saw the temporary closure of many arts, cultural and community venues, facilitators and teachers have worked hard to transfer the work they would normally do face-to-face to the online world.

The Open University has decades of experience in teaching online, and since 2006 has been one of the leading providers of Creative Writing modules and qualifications. Through this short course, delivered in three 1.5-hour sessions, we are delighted to share this expertise with freelance Creative Writing tutors and facilitators, as well as those who aspire to develop this aspect of their skills. The course is also open to anyone working in community education settings, such as museums, community centres or visitor attractions.

Our facilitators

The course will be delivered by two experienced Open University Associate Lecturers who specialise in Creative Writing:

Dr Nicola Harlow is a published novelist and broadcaster living in West Yorkshire’s Bronte country. Her research interests lie in the rendering of setting and imagery in contemporary crime thrillers as well as creating accessibility in distance learning.

Dr Irene Hossack is a published poet and review writer. She has been an Associate Lecturer at The Open University for over 17 years, with a specialism in online and distance education.

Booking information

The course is free and will be delivered online. To book your place, please email Colette Hughes at

Places are limited, so please book early to avoid disappointment.

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