Online Creative Writing - Planning and writing your novel

Ref: C3529306

During this course, which takes place over five two hour video meetings, you will learn about narrative style, how to develop good dialogue, using characters to advance your plot and how to bring your work to life.

Course aim

This online creative writing course is designed to take you step by step towards writing a novel in twelve months.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • No skills or experience needed
  • This course is suitable for beginners and improvers

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

  • Develop a consistent narrative style.
  • Incorporate dialogue into your writing.
  • Use characters to advance plot.
  • Use the Freytag Pyramid as a writing aid.
  • Decide upon the ending: Happy-ever-after or disaster.

How will I be taught?

  • The WEA tutor will use a range of different teaching and learning methods and encourage you and the group to be actively involved in your learning
  • You may be asked to undertake additional work in your own time to support your learning
  • You will be expected to carry out a range of activities in your own time

What kind of feedback can I expect?

  • You will be encouraged to share your work with the group and discuss your learning
  • You will be encouraged to consider other students work and give your opinions and suggestions

What else do I need to know?

  • In order to participate in this course you need to have access to the Internet and download video meeting software to set up a free Zoom account.

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

  • No pre reading or pre course work is required

What can I do next?

  • Progress to another WEA course
  • Consider ways that your manuscript might be exposed to a wider audience.

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Online Creative Writing - Planning and writing your novel

Conditions

You can if you meet all of the following requirements:

  • are paying the standard fee or are on any of the qualifying benefits
  • are paying with a credit/debit card or are not paying a fee because of a qualifying benefit
  • have a valid email address
  • have been resident in the UK, EU or EEA for the last 3 years
  • are aged 19 years or older on 1st September 2017
  • have read and accept the standard terms and conditions
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