|COURSE CODE 80|
This programme is designed for anyone considering professional authoring for a variety of media including books, short stories, radio and television.
The aim of this self-study course is to provide a comprehensive guide to the skills and techniques of writing fiction successfully, and will enable students to study a variety of styles. The course also examines practical aspects of getting published plus the essential elements of both short stories and novels.
The course is designed for study by distance learning at work or at home. Students receive course manual, assignments and studyguide plus tutor support by mail and email. You can start at any time and plan your studies over a period of up to one year from the time of enrolment.
Each element is followed by a written assignment, which is submitted and then marked by your tutor. There is no external examination required.
Students may register at any time and have a full year to complete their studies. The course will take around 60 hours of study to complete.
At the end of this course successful learners will be awarded a certificate of achievement by NCFE. This course has been accredited under NCFE IIQ Licence by Kendal Publishing Limited which has been approved as an NCFE Investing in Quality (IIQ) centre to give formal recognition to our courses. We have designed our training courses specifically to meet the needs of learners who prefer to study from home. The course measurable learning outcomes have been benchmarked at Level 3 (using Ofqual’s Qualification and Credit Framework (QCF) level descriptors) to allow you to consider the depth of study, difficulty, and level of achievement involved.
Your study pack is dispatched in full at the time of enrolment and provides all you need to complete your studies:
Comprehensive study notes for each element of the course
Assignment marking & feedback
Please refer to current price list
FICTION WRITING - COURSE CONTENT
The course is divided up into 8 elements, as follows:
1 – The Short Story
How to study and analyse it
Studying the market
Writing is a business
How do I find ideas?
How do I present my manuscript?
Where do I find facts?
2 - The Theme
Choosing a theme
The basic emotion
First or third person?
Get out of the way!
3 – The Plot
The plot scheme
A twist in the tale
Finding a plot
Conflict, tension & Suspense
Balance and pace
4 – The Characters
Your chief character
Can people be plots?
Hero, Heroine, Villain or Clown
How people operate
5 – Getting Started
How to start?
The plot thickens
How to end?
Your work plan
Rules are made to be broken
6 –Title & Dialogue
Choosing a title
Grammar, dialect and slang
Types of short story
7 – Practical Details
The laws of defamation
Agents and “Vanity Publishers”
Writing for radio
Writing for television
Presenting a TV drama
8 – Writing a Novel
Action, Thriller, Mystery
Crime & Detective novels
Tutor Marked Assignments
Advantages of this distance learning course:
- Home Study: you declare when you study, no need to attend class at fixed times and fixed dates. Your study hours fit around you!
- We will post all the beautifully printed course materials to you. Everything is written in a clear and easy-to-understand format.
- Start this course anytime of the year! No need to wait until the new academic year starts. Enroll today so soon you'll start improving your CV or re-skill for your new career.
- Create your own study routine, learn at your own pace, complete your course as quickly or slowly as your circumstance dictate.
- Your home learning is totally supported by experienced tutors who guide, encourage and assess your progress. You will not be alone because all our tutors are friendly and approachable.
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Enrol by phone: call 0845 65 22 187 quote course code 80
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