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Telling stories: the novel and beyond free course icon Level

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Telling stories: the novel and beyond

How have writers chosen to tell their stories, and why? What techniques do they use to make us believe in the reality of the worlds they create? If you're interested in finding out in depth about how literature works this module is for you. You'll read gripping stories from across literary history, from Shakespeare to science fiction, from Thomas Hardy to Arundhati Roy, with a particular focus on nineteenth- and twentieth-century novels. This will develop your understanding of key techniques and devices used by writers, as you investigate the historical contexts behind their work and discover new ways of understanding literature.

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History & The Arts 

Ten top tips for writing a novel

Got a novel bursting to get out? These tips from novelist and lecturer Sally O'Reilly may surprise you...

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History & The Arts 

National Novel Writing Month

You know how they say everyone's got a novel in them, just waiting to be written? Well now's your chance! Join writers all over the world as they write 50k words in a month as part of National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo), here are our top tips and tricks to get a head start.

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History & The Arts 

Approaching prose fiction

Do you want to get more out of your reading? This free course, Approaching prose fiction, is designed to develop the analytical skills you need for a more in-depth study of literary texts. You will learn about narrative events and perspectives, the setting of novels, types of characterisation and genre.

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20 hrs
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History & The Arts 

Explore our English literature free courses

Read a great novel and want to explore it further? Check out our free courses on the wonderful world of English literature.

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Charles Dickens: Celebrity Author audio icon

History & The Arts 

Charles Dickens: Celebrity Author

Over 200 years since he was born Charles Dickens remains a literary icon. In fact, he was one of the first superstars - discover how he cultivated his work into a cult of personality.

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5 mins
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What is the relationship between history and historical fiction?

Two authors who tell stories about the past come together to compare notes.

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10 mins
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Desert Island Discs at 75: An OpenLearn listening list audio icon

History & The Arts 

Desert Island Discs at 75: An OpenLearn listening list

This weekend, BBC Radio 4's Desert Island Discs celebrates its 75th anniversary. Join us for a rummage in the archives.

Audio
10 mins
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Baker Street half-baked: Is Sherlock part of a new anti-intellectualism? article icon

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Baker Street half-baked: Is Sherlock part of a new anti-intellectualism?

Is the 21st Century version of the great detective designed to make thinking less threatening? Christopher Pittard thinks so.

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Killed by Agatha Christie: Strychnine and the detective novel article icon

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Killed by Agatha Christie: Strychnine and the detective novel

In the first Poirot book, the murderer's weapon of choice is the bitter poison strychnine. The scientist, writer and poison expert Deborah Blum reopens the case.

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History & The Arts 

Island adventures

Hear about the children's books which inspired Swallows and Amazons.

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5 mins
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History & The Arts 

The real Swallows

See the draft of Swallows and Amazons and hear about the children’s characters. 

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5 mins
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