This free course helps you to get started with your own fiction writing. It provides a practical, hands-on approach, focusing on the central skill of creating characters.
You will listen to established writers talk about how they started writing and consider the rituals of writing and the importance of keeping a journal. You'll learn how to develop your ideas and the importance of reflecting on writing and editing, and you'll hear other writers talking about their approaches to research and consider ways of turning events into a plot.
You'll also have the opportunity to review and comment on the work of fellow writers, and receive peer feedback on your own story, learning the importance of reading as a writer and how to receive and respond to feedback.
This course is intended for those with an interest in starting to write fiction or improving their fiction writing, and does not require any previous experience of studying this subject.
Please be aware that participation in this course involves reviewing work posted by other learners. You may find some material used in these stories is of an adult nature (e.g. language, sex, violence) and although captured in context, may offend. Learners on this course are instructed to place warnings at the top of their work to indicate use of such content.
After completing this course you will be able to:
- create characters for your own stories
- understand the importance of keeping a writer's notebook
- reflect on your writing and edit your work appropriately
- generate and develop new ideas in writing your own fiction
- analyse and discuss both published work and the writing of your peers.
Record of achievement
By enrolling on this course you can track your progress and gain a Statement of Participation certificate for completing the whole course.
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