Skip to content
Share on Google Plus Share on LinkedIn Share on Reddit View article Comments
Print

Study this free course

Enrol to access the full course, get recognition for the skills you learn, track your progress and on completion gain a statement of participation to demonstrate your learning to others. Make your learning visible!

Start writing fiction

Introduction

Unit image

This free course looks at how characters might be drawn and how setting is established. It works on the different levels of characterisation, from flat to round, and how character and place interact. It also works on the effect of genre and how genre can be used.

The main teaching material in this course is taken from an existing publication,The Fiction Writer's Workshop by Josip Novakovich (1995).

Novakovich is an award-winning writer (of short stories mainly), who teaches fiction writing at the University of Cincinnati. His chapters on ‘Character’ and ‘Setting’ are included within this course. I'll indicate when you should read these extracts and I'll also outline the listening and writing activities that accompany them.

This course is split into the following sections:

Enrol on OpenLearn to gain a record of achievement

If you would like to gain a record of achievement, you can study this free course on OpenLearn. Once you set up a free Open University account and enrolled on this course, you can track your progress in MyOpenLearn. When you’ve finished you can print off the free activity record to demonstrate your learning.

Go to the course on OpenLearn:

http://www.open.edu/ openlearn/ history-the-arts/ culture/ literature-and-creative-writing/ creative-writing/ start-writing-fiction/ content-section-0 [Tip: hold Ctrl and click a link to open it in a new tab. (Hide tip)]

The Open University is conducting a survey investigating how people use the free educational content from our OpenLearn website. The aim is to provide a better free learning experience for everyone. If you have 10 minutes to spare, we’d be delighted if you could take part and tell us what you think

Please note this will take you out of this course.

This OpenLearn course provides a sample of Level 1 study in creative writing

Tags, Ratings and Social Bookmarking

Page Tags

Sign in or create a free account to add tags to your OpenLearn profile

Ratings

Your rating None. Average rating 4.6 out of 5, based on 20 ratings

Share

A174_1