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Start writing fiction
Have you always wanted to write, but never quite had the courage to start? This free...
Have you always wanted to write, but never quite had the courage to start? This free OpenLearn course, 'Start writing fiction', will give you an insight into how authors create their characters and settings. You will also be able to look at the different genres for fiction.
By the end of Start writing fiction you should:
- have begun to identify your own strengths and weaknesses as a writer of fiction;
- have developed a general awareness of fiction writing;
- have developed a basic vocabulary to discuss fiction.
- Current section: Introduction
- Learning outcomes
- 1 Character
- 2 Setting
- 3 Genre
- 4 Glossary
Start writing fiction
Start writing fiction 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 free 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:
This material is from our archive and is an adapted extract from A174 Start writing fiction which is no longer taught by The Open University. If you want to study formally with us, you may wish to explore other courses we offer in.
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