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Creative Writing for short courses: Books

A guide to resources available for Continuing Education students taking short courses in Creative Writing

Finding books

Using SOLO to find books in Oxford Libraries

You can use SOLO to find e-books and print books in Oxford Libraries.   Please see our top tips below or for more information see the SOLO  or E-Books LibGuides.

Top Tips

  • Sign in to SOLO with your Oxford Single Sign on (SSO) or Library card details. 
  • Use the drop down menu to 'Search everything' or to specify 'online resources' (e.g. e-books) or a specific library
  • Click 'View online' to link to an ebook or digital item
  • For print book click 'Find and request' to see which libraries have the book, whether its available or out on loan, to place a reservation (for a book that is out on loan) and to order items from the 'closed stacks'   
  • Which Libraries can you use?  This depends on which course you are taking.     If you're not sure which Libraries you can use, check the information on the 'Home' tab.

Screenshot of SOLO options

Browsing your subject in the Continuing Education Library

Books of interest to this subject can be found under the following classification numbers (Dewey Decimal classification) in the Lower Library:

420 English language 824 English essays
421 History of English 828 English diaries
423 English dictionaries 829 Old English and Anglo-Saxon literature
425 English grammar 830 German literature
801 Literary theory and criticism 840 French literature
808 Authorship and editorial techniques 850 Italian literature
810 American literature 860 Spanish and Latin American literature
820 English literature 870 Latin literature
821 English poetry 880 Greek literature
822 English drama 890 Literature of other countries
823 English fiction


In the literature sections, each genre is subdivided by period and then author surname. Critical and biographical works about an author are shelved immediately following works by the author.

Searching for books beyond Oxford

Purchase suggestions

If you would like to request a resource for purchase, please contact giving full details of the book and brief details of the course or project you are working on.     Alternatively please fill in the book suggestion form.

Key texts

Here are a few examples of Creative Writing texts held in the Continuing Education Library.