Short courses

 Creative Writing and Literature Part-time Courses 

Saturday 4 March 2017 10:30am-4pm


Literature and the Environment

What concerned 19th and 20th Century novelists and poets in the context of their social and artistic periods?  

How does poetry relate itself to populations, technologies, transport systems, economies and natural surroundings?  

Does 'New Nature Writing' support practical behavioural influence for the better?  

Explore texts and poetry such as 'Frankenstein', 'The Mill on the Floss', Don Delilo's 'White Noise', John Clare, Richard Kerridge and many more.

Tutor Sue Edney


 Writing for Radio with Rachel Bentham

Come with some ideas, however minimal!  We’ll go through the basics of plotting a radio play. Rachel will share some useful scriptwriting techniques that help with planning and developing scenes.  We’ll explore character using some interactive exercises, and we'll be writing some script on the day.

Open to all (over 18)

No qualifications required for study days

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The following day courses will not take place:
African Literature - Mapping the City
Revolutionary Shakespeare 
American Politics and the Cult of Personality



Fiction Writing Workshop with Rachel Bentham

This course aims to inspire, encourage and support students in writing fiction.

8 meetings weekly, Fridays 10:30am-12:30pm. 28 April to 23 June 2017  Classes take place in Bath.

Book your place here Short Courses in Bath


Course information  Course Information Spring Term 2017 (PDF, 449kB)


About our lifelong learning courses

Our lifelong courses are designed to support, encourage and inspire. They aim to be an enjoyable confidence-building experience and offer the opportunity to progress to higher education. No qualifications are needed to apply.

Many people start their journey back into education with the University of Bristol. Our students range in age from 19 to 90 and our student community crosses all barriers of age, gender, ethnicity, disability, social class and prior educational achievement. The English Department has an international reputation for its scholarship and teaching.

Our part-time courses take place in Bristol and in Bath, during the week, in the evenings and on Saturdays to ensure that these courses are accessible to a wide range of people.

We offer The Monthly Read, Literature for Life and Fiction Writing Workshops, and Saturday creative writing workshops and literature study days.

The Reading English Literature and Ways Into History evening courses offer the opportunity to progress to an undergraduate degree. These pathway courses offer a bridge into higher education for mature students who may lack conventional qualifications or have been out of education for a while. No qualifications are needed to apply.

The Mastering English Literature pathway course offers graduates the opportunity to sharpen their study skills and progress to an MA in English.

Please read our Course Information Spring Term 2017 (PDF, 449kB)


Booking information

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Please read our Course Information Spring Term 2017 (PDF, 449kB)


Booking guidance

All bookings are made using the University secure online shop. Advance booking is required. Booking closes two days prior to the course start date.




If you find these courses of interest, please email 

We will contact you in the summer with details of courses starting in the new academic year, October 2017.

Mastering English Literature

This course is designed for graduates in any discipline who want to return to study and sharpen their study skills. Gain a taste of the University's expertise in Romantic literature, women's writing, Twentieth Century poetry and Shakespeare. Guidance will be provided for students who wish to progress to an MA in English.  Mastering English Literature will run on 10 Tuesday evenings 6pm to 8pm, starting January 2017 with breaks for half-term and Easter.

 Mastering English Literature January 2017 APPLICATION PACK (PDF, 384kB)

Please email for more details.


Reading English Literature

This course aims to be an enjoyable and confidence-building experience for anyone returning to study. Share your ideas and particpate in classroom debates on classic and modern literature, explore poetry and prose, gain a greater understanding of Shakespeare and deveop your essay writing skills.

This course will also help you to explore your options for further study including the part-time BA degree in English Literature and Community Engagement at Bristol University.  Reading English Literature will run on 15 Wednesday evenings 6pm to 9pm, starting January 2017 with breaks for half-term and Easter.

No qualifications required. 

Reading English Literature APPLICATION PACK 2017 (PDF, 401kB)


Ways Into History

Would you like to know more about slavery and how it shaped Bristol? We'll be tackling difficult questions about the impact of slavery.  Ways Into History will run on 15 Wednesday evenings from January 2017. No qualificatons needed.


Literature and Creative Writing Short Courses

The Monthly Read: 'Spaces and Places'

An enjoyable literary experience for readers who wish to share ideas.

We will explore and discuss three works from the Nineteenth Century in which locations and interiors play significant roles.

Jane Austen - Mansfield Park

Wilkie Collins - The Moonstone

Thomas Hardy - A Laodicean

Wednesday 1.30pm - 4pm

3 sessions  11 January, 8 February and 15 March 2017


Literature for Life Outsiders 

8 meetings weekly 24 January to 28 March, Tuesdays 10:30am-12:30pm.

Classes take place in Bath

Literature for Life courses are designed for all serious readers and re-readers of any age over 18. Literature draws on and explores the big issues of human experience.  We reflect on the texts and how we respond to them.

W. G. Sebald – Austerlitz

Rhidian Brook – Aftermath

William Shakespeare – The Tempest



Please email:

Department of English part-time courses
School of Humanities
11 Woodland Road

Tel: 0117 928 8924 Tuesdays and Thursdays