Short courses

Creative Writing and Literature Part-time Courses


Lifelong learning short courses start again in October 2017.

To learn more, please see below.


You may be interested in a part-time degree.

BA English Literature and Community Engagement

Applications for entry in September 2017

The deadline for applications to the course to start in September 2017 is Monday 10 July 2017. We are holding an open evening on Tuesday 13th June from 6pm to 8pm at the Department of English, 3/5 Woodland Road, Clifton, Bristol, BS8 1TB. Come along and meet current staff and students, and find out more!




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 (with the exception of Mastering English Literature).

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 and in the evenings to ensure that these courses are accessible to a wide range of people (over 18 years).

We offer The Monthly Read, an enjoyable literary experience for readers who wish to share ideas. The Literature for Life short course reflects on the texts and how we respond to them.The Fiction Writing Workshops aim to inspire, encourage and support students.

Lifelong learning short courses will start again at the start of the new academic year in October 2017.

Course information will be published in August.  In the meantime, you are welcome to see details of courses that have taken place in order to learn more about what we offer.

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

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.

Pathways to Higher Education

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 2018 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 2018 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 Short Courses

The Monthly Read

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

We will explore and discuss three works.

Wednesdays 1.30pm - 4pm  3 sessions per term


Literature for Life 

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.

 8 meetings weekly, Tuesdays 10:30am-12:30pm.

Classes take place at the BRLSI, Queens Square in Bath

Creative Writing Short Courses

Fiction Writing Workshop with Rachel Bentham

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

Through writing exercises, examples from literature, and workshopping, students will be offered help in developing characters and plots, improving style and working with structure.  Each session is divided into a general creative writing session and a feedback workshop during which students will have the opportunity to have their writing appreciated/critiqued on a rota basis.

8 meetings weekly, Fridays 10:30am-12:30pm. 

This course is held at the Percy Community Centre, New King Street,BathBA1 2BN

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.

  • New students set up an account by providing their email address.
  • Students register by answering a few questions.
  • Proceed through the screens to the payment screen.
  • Please have your payment card and bank security pin/password ready to avoid being timed out.
  • Returning students log on with their email address and password.
  • Select 'use my customer details' to save entering details again.
  • Courses are found under conferences and events
  • From the drop down box select 'Faculty of Arts', then select 'School of Humanities'.


Please email:

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

Tel: 0117 928 8924 Tuesdays and Thursdays

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