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Writing Fiction 100 Hours Certificate Course
Learn About Writing Fiction
Writing Fiction Certificate course online. Learn to write and analyse fiction. This exciting and rewarding course could set you on the path to fullfilling your dream of writing your first fiction article. The course will teach you about the process of writing fiction and give you practical experience of writing your own fiction. You will develop your analytical skills, by analysing the writing of other authors.
Lesson Structure: Writing Fiction - BWR105
There are 8 lessons:
- Scope & 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)
- Book, play or short story
- Categories (Fantasy, fairy tale, fable, myth, legend, science fiction, western, drama, romance, comedy, horror, crime, suspense, erotica)
- Getting an Idea (using a fragment, philosophical approach, develop from a title or opening sentence)
- Back story
- Types of writing
- Theme development
- Write an Analogy
- Writing a Balanced Theme
- Are You Suited to Writing Fiction ; Imagination, Being Informed, Human Behaviour
- Importance of Focus
- Components of a Story - beginning, middle and end
- Story Components
- Story Structure
- Developing your own Style
- Aspects of Style.
- Case Study
- Technique: The Creative Process - conception, developing a plot,writing a Draft, Editing and rewriting; Method Writing
- 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.
- Conception and Research
- Conceiving a Story
- Parts of Conception
- Making conception original
- Types of research (Primary and secondary data)
- Planning a formal survey
- Writing a Dramatic Story
- Common mistakes
- Time Shifting
- Transition between events
- Dramatic conflict
- Point of View.
- Representing Characters Speech
- Science Fiction
- Methods to develop Sci Fi
- Fairy Tales.
- 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
- The Novel
- Planning a Novel
- Making a story Endure (Archetypes, etc)
- Getting Started
- Submitting a Manuscript.
- Which Publisher
Learning Goals: Writing Fiction - BWR105
- Describe the nature and scope of fiction writing.
- Determine the components of a fiction story, as the first step in planning a story.
- Determine a systematic approach to building a fiction story.
- Develop your capacity to conceive fiction stories.
- Develop your ability to write dramatic stories.
- Develop your ability to write fantasy
- Develop your ability to write short stories
- Develop your ability to plan for success in the writing of a novel.
Practical (Set Tasks)
This course is taught by:
M.A. (hons) Celtic Studies, (the University of Aberdeen); M.St. Celtic Studies, (the University of Oxford)
Lee is a PhD candidate at Cardiff University with degrees from Aberdeen and Oxford. He has written two books, digitalised another and written several academic papers. He has been interviewed by National Geographic and presented papers at eight different national and international conferences. Lee’s native language is English and, if asked, he is always happy to help students with their English spelling and grammar. He is also a keen proponent of the digital revolution and dreams of a world where all books are available instantly to be read, searched or treasured. Although he mainly writes non-fiction, he loves Victorian literature as well as modern fiction and poetry of all kinds. His academic knowledge of medieval events, cultures and the history of Britain’s environment make him especially qualified to help students interested in writing sci-fi and fantasy.
Assessment is based on a combination of completing all assignments and sitting for a final short one and a half hour exam, in your own location.
If you don’t cope well with exams then you may elect to undertake a project instead. This is a popular option.
In addition, most modules have a Set Task at the end of each lesson placed before the assignment. This is an opportunity to undertake practical work to help you acquire knowledge and skills and practical experience. This ADL feature is an added bonus not found at most online schools. Set Tasks are not required for assessment.
Some courses also have optional Self-Tests which are available on our online learning platform. These are not available by correspondence or by USB, and do not form part of your overall grade.
How our courses work
- Choose Your Learning Method
You choose how you would like to receive your course material, i.e., Online, USB or Correspondence. The choice is yours. You may also work on online or offline.
- Tutor Allocation
Every student is assigned their own dedicated tutor who is an expert in their subject area. They provide as much or as little individual contact as you require. You can contact your tutor whenever you need – your hours are not limited.
- Feedback and Assignments
Tutor Feedback is an essential component in helping you understand the subject matter. Tutor feedback is given in the form of notes written on the assignment. We encourage you to contact your Tutor where help with clarification and understanding of course material may be required.
Your assignments are located at the end of each lesson. You submit them for marking whenever you are ready. There is no time limit.
- Set Tasks and Self-Tests
Most modules have a Set Task at the end of each lesson before for the assignment. This is where you get the opportunity to undertake practical work to help you acquire knowledge, skills and practical experience. Many modules also have short Self-Tests.
Once all assignments have been completed you may then elect to sit for a one and half hour exam in your own location. If you prefer not to take the exam you do have the option to undertake a project instead.
Once the exam or project part of the course is completed, your Certificate is then processed. Please allow approximately 4 weeks for this.
- Design Your Own Qualification
ADL offers students the flexibility to self-design their own qualification – bundling together a combination of 100-hour modules into a qualification higher than a certificate.
What your tuition fees include
- All Course Material via Online, USB or Correspondence
- Assignments Marked
- Professional Tutor Feedback
- Set Tasks - Practical Exercises to help you develop skills
- Self-Tests – multiple choice questions at the end of lessons in most modules
- Unlimited Personal Tutor Support – via our student classroom
- Committed and Friendly Admin Support – vital to your success
- ADL Ebook where relevant
- All ADL Exam or Project fees (exception RHS exams)
- Qualification Certificate
- Official Transcript with assignment grades
- Student Manual
- Academic Writing course (optional - 10 hours only)
- Critical Thinking course (optional - 10 hours only)
- Job Seekers Careers Guide
- Study Tips on How To Study Better
- Career Counselling by ADL Staff
- CV Writing Help, Tips and Advice