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Why I'd say yes, yes, yes to the Bad Sex award

Why I'd say yes, yes, yes to the Bad Sex award Copyrighted image Credit: Dreamstime New content
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 08 Dec 2014
Is there a magic ingredient to writing good sex scenes? 

2013 International Radio Playwriting Competition

2013 International Radio Playwriting Competition Copyrighted image Credit: Photochecker | Dreamstime.com
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 28 Nov 2014
The winners of the competition have been announced. Find out more and explore drama and dramatists with OpenLearn.

The Great Fall: The effect on the arts

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Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 03 Nov 2014
The fall of the Berlin Wall had a great impact, especially in the world of the arts. 

So you've written your novel, what now?

So you've written your novel, what now? Copyrighted image Credit: Sabri Deniz Kizil | Dreamstime.com
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 30 Oct 2014
Literary agent Joanna Swainson shares her top five tips for hooking an agent. 

Ten top tips for writing a novel

Ten top tips for writing a novel Copyrighted image Credit: Dreamstime
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 28 Oct 2014
Got a novel bursting to get out? These tips from novelist and lecturer Sally O'Reilly may surprise you...

Writing tips series

Writing tips series Copyrighted image Credit: BBC
Introductory level Duration 30 mins Updated 21 Oct 2014
Break the back of that novel you're writing with these top tips from the author of Start writing: A practical introduction to creative writing....

Language of Comedy

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Language of Comedy Copyrighted image Credit: The Open University
Introductory level Duration 30 mins Updated 11 Aug 2014
Leading comedians and writers share their insights into how people manipulate language to generate humour and what this reveals about society. 

Language of Comedy - Catchphrases

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Language of Comedy - Catchphrases Copyrighted image Credit: The Open University
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 11 Aug 2014
The Fast Show's Charlie Higson discusses catchphrases.

Language of Comedy - Cross cultural humour

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Language of Comedy - Cross cultural humour Copyrighted image Credit: The Open University
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 11 Aug 2014
German comedian Henning Wehn looks at how comedians play with cultural stereotypes as a source of humour. 

Language of Comedy - Innuendo

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Language of Comedy - Innuendo Copyrighted image Credit: The Open University
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 11 Aug 2014
How do comedians exploit the ambiguities of language in the production of innuendo? Featuring Julian Clary's head-writer, David McGillivray.

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Start writing fiction

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Start writing fiction Copyrighted image Credit: Used with permission
Introductory level Duration 12 hours Updated 17 Oct 2013
Have you always wanted to write, but never quite had the courage to start? This unit will give you an insight into how authors create their...

Writing what you know

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Introductory level Duration 8 hours Updated 17 Oct 2013
Do you want to improve your descriptive writing? This unit will help you to develop your perception of the world about you and enable you to see...