Creative Writing - Writing your first Novel

Ref: C3533540

Everyone has a novel in them, and if you have always wanted to find a story to tell then this course is for you. The course is designed for beginners to novel writing, as well as learners who have a passion for writing and want to pen their first novel, or have an early draft of a piece of work that they wish to develop and bring up to industry standard. You will be learning to tell rich and engaging stories that resonate with your readers; and begin to understand the basic principles of longform storytelling. If you have a burning idea and need support building it into a full work of fiction, then this introductory session could be the beginning of your journey. You will cover the key pillars of creating fiction, such as description, dialogue, structure and character. Craig J. Rickard has been working in the industry for two decades and specialises in working with new and unpublished writers. Several of his students have gone on to be published in various genres and mediums.

Course aim

This is a six-week course designed to assist you in Writing your first Novel. Various elements of creative writing and storytelling will be studied, with the view to apply them to your own writing.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • This course is for beginners and improvers

By the end of the course I should be able to:

  • Identify what makes a complex and interesting character
  • Demonstrate how to create description that will draw your reader in
  • Understand and demonstrate the importance of individual character voice
  • Identify story structure and demonstrate an understanding as to what could work for your story
  • Demonstrate sensory and physiological description within a piece of writing.

How will I be taught?

What kind of feedback can I expect?

What else do I need to know?

This is an online course so requires a device with an internet connection. For the session you will only need a pen and paper.

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

What can I do next?

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Creative Writing - Writing your first Novel


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