The Open University: contests, research and courses

The Open University is one of the newest institutions that have recently joined the EACWP over the past academic year as part of our mutual recognition and partnership with NAWE (National Association of Writers in Education) over its last conference in November, 2015. These are some of the activities that our colleagues from the UK are currently developing


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The Open University & the BBC

Working with the BBC, The Open University co-produces a biennial International Radio Playwriting Competition – the next one has just launched. The prize includes a trip to London plus £2,200 (sterling). The deadline is up to the 31st. of January, 2016.

For an entry form and competition rules contact: International Playwriting Competition 2016,BBC Radio Drama, Room 6015, Broadcasting House, Portland Place, London W1A 1AA, United Kingdom.

Or visit: Your local British Council office.

Or visit the following websites:

Or email at:


Creative writing research: an investigation

Some of our colleagues and students from The Open University will be giving readings and discussing the notion of Creative Writing and research in a series of seminars at University College London – if anyone happens to be in London, the seminars are free (wine provided); 17.30-19.30 on November 3, November 17 and December 8.

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Start Writing Fiction MOOC

The next Start Writing Fiction MOOC was launched on October 12 (altough latecomers might be welcome) – The Open University has a new MOOC, a similar version of the first one but just on a different platform – Start Writing Fiction: Characters and Stories.