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Online Writing Courses

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  • Courses for all experience levels

  • Self-paced, no deadlines

  • One-off purchase, lifetime access

Taking an online writing course can help you sharpen your writing skills, whether you’re just starting out or have been dabbling in writing for years. 

Learning to write from the comfort of your own home gives you the time and space to adapt your story ideas at your own pace. From novel writing to screenwriting, writing for children or literary fiction, there’s an online writing course for everyone. So pick up that pen, fire up your laptop, and get ready to write that bestseller.


Learn to write

Writing is a craft. While some writers are born with an innate natural ability to weave together plot, setting and character into a story, even the most established writers can benefit from brushing up on their craft once in a while. 

Through a creative writing course you can learn how to create compelling, believable characters that your readers will grow to love. You’ll learn how to depict settings and evoke a sense of place for your story. Plus you’ll learn the importance of plot and how to keep a sense of pace in your storytelling.

Learning to write fiction online can boost your confidence and finally empower you to commit that brilliant novel idea to paper.

What you can learn

Our online writing courses cover a range of topics. Each course is designed to teach you the basics of storytelling and will help you to:

  • Find inspiration for story ideas
  • Identify themes for your writing
  • Write for a specific genre
  • Plot out your story structure
  • Develop authentic characters
  • Create the setting and evoke a sense of place
  • Write convincing dialogue
  • Find your own writer’s voice
  • Deal with writer’s block
  • Adopt a writing habit

As well as learning the craft of writing, our courses offer a glimpse into the processes and methods used by some of the world’s most successful authors. 


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Learn to write with Lee Child

Discover the tools to write - and the secrets to getting published - with one of the world's most successful authors.

Explore our online creative writing courses


At BBC Maestro we offer a range of online writing classes from some of the world’s best writers. 

Learn how to write children’s books with the author of The Gruffalo, Julia Donaldson. Or take tips from bestselling children’s author David Walliams. Find out how to craft timeless children’s stories and create characters that kids (and their parents!) will never forget.

Acclaimed novelist, Malorie Blackman, shares all her writing tips and tricks in her course. This comprehensive course covers the writing process, structuring your story and how to write convincing dialogue.

Master storyteller, Alan Moore, takes you on a wild and enchanting ride through his creative process. From inventive language and world-building, to crafting unforgettable characters, you'll learn all the tools you need to become a maestro of the written word.

Or if you prefer to write for the screen, Line of Duty creator Jed Mercurio teaches a masterclass in screenwriting. In his course you can learn everything from creating a TV pilot to techniques to build tension and suspense.

Ready to learn how to write like a professional? Sign up for an online writing course and kick start your writing journey today.

Course Notes
Course Notes

Want to learn it all?

You can buy a single course, or you can access every course for one annual fee with a BBC Maestro subscription.

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