Intermediate Creative Writing

online short course

R6 700.00 R6 030.00


9 weeks

Why an Intermediate Creative Writing Course?

Intermediate Creative Writing builds on and develops the skills built in the Foundations of Creative Writing course, offering both new and experienced writers the chance to hone their craft by writing in a variety of different genres. This course, which focuses on producing a new, original story week by week, is unique in the South African online learning context.


Welcome to our Intermediate Creative Writing Online Short Course! This online course is for both new writers, who are still trying to “find their voice”, and for experienced writers who are in a bit of a creative funk. By focusing on producing a new story every week that (to at least some extent) fulfils the requirements of a different genre, you will learn new story techniques and add flexibility to your narrative voice. Students will learn about the history of genres such as Mystery/Suspense, Romance/Erotica and Historical and Political Fiction, as well as about common story structures, plotting techniques and implications of the genre for fictional language. An ideal course for anyone who is serious about developing the necessary skills to become an independent writer.

Subject Expert

David Cornwell was born in Grahamstown in 1985. He graduated with academic honours from Rhodes University in 2007, majoring in English and Philosophy. He received his Masters in Creative Writing from the University of Cape Town in 2011, where his dissertation was supervised by Damon Galgut and awarded a distinction. Cornwell is the author of Like it Matters, a novel published by Umuzi in April 2016. His writing has appeared in a wide range of publications, from The Mail and Guardian to Quiddity International Literary Journal.

Tutor Support

With the freedom that online education brings, CityVarsity Online students can upskill in their own time, from almost anywhere on earth. Well, anywhere where the internet is accessible, that is. But although our students may roam far and wide, they are never far out of our minds.

Each course is assigned its own Online Academic Tutor, who is ready and waiting to guide and assist their learners throughout their learning experience. The Online Academic Tutor, who is assigned to your course, is trained to build each student up to reach their fullest potential. Students can expect their Online Academic Tutor to answer questions, offer advice and provide further clarification on any academic aspects.

Course and Technical Requirements

In order to get the full benefit from this course, you require the following:

  • Computer/Laptop/Tablet
  • Stable internet connection
  • Firefox/Microsoft Edge/Chrome web browser (latest version)
  • Adobe Acrobat, or similar PDF viewer
  • Microsoft Word/Pages (ability to export documents as PDF files)
  • Email/Cell phone for notifications and communication

How You Will Learn

  • Online Learning Studio
  • Module Notes
  • Videos
  • External URLs
  • Quizzes
  • Assignments
  • Feedback
  • Forum Discussions
  • Academic Support

This course is presented through an interactive learning platform – our Online Learning Studio. You are encouraged to refer to external URLs for a broader understanding and complete the quizzes in order to test your own grasp of each module. Feedback on your assignments will deepen your learning experience, and your participation in the discussion forum with your fellow students brings the classroom into your space.


Upon successful completion of your course, you will be awarded a CityVarsity Online certificate.

module outline

  • MODULE 0
    Orientation Module
  • MODULE 1
    Mystery and Suspense
  • MODULE 2
    An Appreciation of Genre
  • MODULE 3
    Romance and Erotica
  • MODULE 4
    Historical/Political Fiction
  • MODULE 5
    Horror, Fantasy and Speculative Fiction
  • MODULE 6
    The Hero’s Journey
  • MODULE 7
    Polishing Up
  • MODULE 8

Payment options available to you

Credit Card
Payment Plan
EFT/Direct Deposit


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