Discover how to make characters come to life, create vivid settings, and develop plot twists that will have your readers on the edge of their seats.
The Certificate of Fiction Writing is a creative writing course that will help you to masterfully structure a fictional story and develop a plan for publication.
In this online creative writing course, you will learn about the components that make up a fictional story, and how to write different types of fiction, from fantasy to science fiction, romance, comedy and more.
You will also learn about theme development, research, writing and editing techniques, as well as how to submit your work to publishers.
On completion of this course, you will have developed the knowledge and skills to research, write and edit a fictional story, from short stories to novels, for publication.
Unit - Writing Fiction
Unit 1 – Scope and Nature of Fiction
Types of Fiction (Category/genre and Mainstream)
Characteristics of Category Fiction (strong plot, hero/heroine, motivation. Action, background/setting)
Characteristics of Mainstream Fiction (Strong plot, Action or intrigue, hero, heroine, romance, happy ending)
Getting an Idea (using a fragment, philosophical approach, develop from a title or opening sentence)
Types of writing
Write an Analogy
Writing a Balanced Theme
Are You Suited to Writing Fiction ; Imagination, Being Informed, Human Behaviour
Importance of Focus
Unit 2 – Components of a Story
Developing your own Style
Aspects of Style
Unit 3 – Technique
Conception (Characters, Settings, Events)
Write a Synopsis
Developing a Story
Examples of Plot Structure
Method Writing (Developing characters, changing characters, Appropriateness of characters, Revealing characters through crisis, names, stereotypes, creating dynamic characters)
Writing a Draft
Editing and Rewriting
Unit 4 – Conception and Research
Conceiving a Story
Parts of Conception
Making conception original
Types of research (Primary and secondary data)
Planning a formal survey
Unit 5 – Drama
Writing a Dramatic Story
Transition between events
Point of View
Representing Characters Speech
Unit 6 – Fantasy
Methods to develop Sci Fi
Unit 7 – The Short Story
Characteristics of Short Stories
Length in terms of: the time frame; the number of characters; the number of events; the number of settings
Common Problems with Short story Writers
Unit 8 – The Novel
Planning a Novel
Making a story Endure (Archetypes, etc)
Submitting a Manuscript
Estimated duration 50 hours
Course Delivery and Start
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Assessment will be comprised of written exercises, including short-answer questions, reflective tasks, short reports and/or projects. There are no examinations or due dates for assessment. As a result, you can complete training in your own time and at your own pace with the assistance of unlimited tutor support.
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