How do the online courses work?

  • Our courses are carried out through one to one email correspondence and all you need is internet access.
  • You do not have to be online at any particular time or day.
  • Having enrolled on the course, the tutor emails the first module and assignments to the student on the course start date.
  • The student returns the task by the agreed time (usually one week) and receives feedback and a new task.
  • The process repeats.
  • Tasks may be writing exercises, or they may be based directly on the student’s work, for example, suggestions as to how to rework a passage.

How often will I receive feedback?

You’ll receive written feedback from your tutor once a week.

How do I know which course to choose?

The course description is available on each course page. Or if you are unsure, please do not hesitate to contact us at info@creativewriting.ie

I’m going on holidays during the course, can I take a course break?

If you’re going on holidays during the course or need to take a course break for some reason, most tutors are flexible and can accommodate course breaks. If you need to take a course break, please contact us by email prior to signing up to a course to check if a holiday break is available on your chosen course.

I’m a complete beginner and I have no previous writing experience – is the beginners course right for me?

Our beginners creative writing course is suitable for complete beginners and no writing experience is required.

I would like to sign up for the Advanced Creative Writing Course (Short Story) – what are the requirements?

It is suitable for participants who have already started to write short stories and who would like to develop their skills. You don’t have to be published.

What happens if I book a course and I am unable to complete the course within the intended time period?

In the event that you book an online course and are unable to complete the course within the intended time period, please contact your course instructor to receive outstanding course modules and to discuss a suitable time to complete them.

What is your refund/cancellation policy?

You are entitled to a full refund within one week of your payment, in accordance with distance selling regulations, provided that the course has not already started.

We cannot refund fees in respect of cancellation after this time. We cannot offer partial refunds to students who do not finish a course.

In the event that you are unable to complete the course within the intended time period, please contact your course tutor to receive outstanding course modules and to discuss a suitable time to complete them.

How much time do I need to allocate to a course?

There will be writing exercises or suggestions to work on every week. The amount of time required to complete the tasks varies greatly from student to student. Many of our students do work full-time and our courses are tailored accordingly.

How can I pay for a course?

Payment can be made online, by post, or by bank transfer.

If you are paying online, we accept Visa, Mastercard and American Express.  Visa debit or Visa credit cards may be used. We use PayPal, but you don’t have to have a PayPal account to pay and you don’t need to register with PayPal. To pay online, just visit the relevant course page and click on the Buy Now button at the end of the page. You will then be provided with the option to log in (if you have a PayPal account) or to enter your credit card details (if you don’t have an account).

You can also pay by cheque, bank draft or postal order made payable to “Creative Writing Ink”  and forward payment to Creative Writing Ink, Unit 1G The Atrium Building, Blackpool Retail Park, Blackpool, Cork, Ireland.  We will contact you by email, on receipt of payment. Please include a note of your email address and which course you are paying for. When you have sent your payment, you might email us at info@creativewriting.ie so that we may reserve a place for you on your chosen course, pending receipt of payment.

Finally, if you’d like to pay by bank transfer or bank lodgement, please email us at info@creativewriting.ie for our bank account details.

Do you offer gift vouchers?

Our gift vouchers are available here and can be paid for online, or by cheque, bank draft or postal order. Paper gift vouchers and online vouchers are available.

What other services do you offer?

We offer critique and editing services for short stories, novels, poems, screenplays and much more.