Creative Writing online short course

Starts on 2 March 2017
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Course information

10 weeks online
7 hours per week
R11,900 | Options available
Penguin Random House

Course Information

10 weeks online
7 hours per week
R11,900 | Options available
Penguin Random House


Dreaming of writing a novel or a short story? Looking to add more flair to your blog writing, copywriting or creative prose?

Creative writing is a skill that takes practice and careful development, and many authors struggle to get published owing to their lack of technical story development understanding.

This online short course will allow you to grow your creative writing competency supported by a community of fellow aspiring creative writers and guided by accomplished author, Mike Nicol.

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What will set you apart

In 10 weeks, this creative writing short course will give you the opportunity to:

  • Produce an extended piece of fiction - whether a novel or short story
  • Network with fellow writers, share work, contacts and ideas, and review one another’s creative writing pieces as part of your own writing process
  • Learn how you should present your work to editors and agents
  • Submit your manuscript for consideration to be published under Penguin Random House eKhaya imprint.

Course curriculum

This PRH online short course in creative writing is designed to give you the opportunity to
be recognised as a creative writer. With a personalised and supported framework, you’ll study in your own time, guided by industry experts and a dedicated support team. Here’s what you’ll cover:

  • Orientation Module Welcome to your Online Campus
  • Course Module 1 Planning the story
  • Course Module 2 Beginnings
  • Course Module 3 Characters and characterisation
  • Course Module 4 Turning story into plot
  • Course Module 5 Making people talk
  • Course Module 6 Point of view
  • Course Module 7 Conflict, tension and suspense
  • Course Module 8 The writer’s voice
  • Course Module 9 Endings
  • Course Module 10 Editors, publishers and agents

Earn a certificate from Penguin Random House

On completion of this course you earn a certificate as powerful proof of your new competencies and use it to set yourself apart from the rest and get recognised in the job market.


Your success team

In collaboration with the world's top-tier universities, we design online short courses around the insights of experienced faculty members and authoritative industry experts. On the course, you can expect to learn from these specialists via online video lectures, which will be accessible to you anywhere, any time.

When do I start?

Our next available short course starts on 2 March 2017.
Too soon for you? Register now for the next presentation that starts on 4 May 2017

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GetSmarter’s learning model is designed to help you as a working professional, improve your skills without compromising on work and family responsibilities. The course work is broken up into weekly, manageable bite-sized modules, with incremental deadlines, designed to help you pace yourself over the duration of the course and allow you the legroom to work when it suits you best.

At the beginning of each week you’ll be presented with all the lectures, notes and assignments necessary for completion.

You also have access to your Course Coach who will help you set goals and track key milestones, manage your time, and field any administrative requests you might have.


You can either pay your tuition fees in full before the course starts, or you may opt for a two-part payment plan for courses shorter than nine weeks. For courses nine weeks or longer, there is a three-part payment plan available.

If you want to find out more about any of these options or you want to know which you qualify for, please get in contact with a Course Consultant here.


By improving your skills and industry knowledge, you’ll be having an influence on the success of your organisation.

Why wouldn’t you ask your boss to help you fund your studies if itʼs going to have an impact on the way you do business?

37% of our past students receive financial assistance from their employers. You can ask for help, too. Here is a guide to show you how.


The Online Campus will be your virtual classroom for the duration of your course. Through its easy-to-use interface you’ll have access to a diverse variety of course content formats, including: interactive video lectures, module notes, practice quizzes, Prezis, assignment briefs, and additional web resources.

On the Online Campus, you’ll also be able to ask questions, interact with your fellow students and Head Tutor through the Online Campus discussion forums. If you’re experiencing tech issues or need advice from your personal Course Coach, you can use the Online Campus to get in touch.

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