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Writing in Practice

Writing in Practice 100 Hours Certificate Course

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In this course, you’ll learn how to revise and polish your work. Discover reviewing strategies, how to give and receive feedback, and how to work over your projects to check structure, characterisation, and more.

How This Course Works
There are two options for working through this course. You can:

  • Work on sections of a larger work
  • Create 3 shorter pieces, such as three feature articles or 3 short stories.

Work can be fiction or non-fiction (including creative non-fiction). Note that you can only workshop the same piece twice.

For Example:

  • You submit chapter 1 of a novel.
  • Your tutor provides feedback.
  • You work on chapter 1 of the novel, using the tutor’s feedback.
  • You resubmit chapter 1 of the novel.
  • Your tutor provides feedback. As you progress through this online certificate course, your aim will be towards creating a strong sample or portfolio you can use in your journey to publication.If you are writing a submission for a novel publication, the publishers usually require the first three chapters and a detailed synopsis; non-fiction work also requires samples, such as a selection of essays or articles.
  • Always begin to think about your end goal as you progress through feedback and revision.
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LESSON STRUCTURE:  Writing in Practice

There are 7 lessons:

  1. Workshopping and Critique
  • The workshop process
  • Points of critique
  • Types of feedback
  • Best Practices

2.  Identifying and Addressing Weaknesses

  • Potential projects
  • Understanding character
  • Outlining a revision strategy
  • Goal setting
  • How to read and interpret feedback
  • Build a framework

3.  Revision Process I: Structures and Character

  • Define beginning, middle, and end
  • Closer examination: beginning
  • Closer examination: middle
  • Closer examination: ending
  • Relationship between characters and structure
  • Character Arc
  • Writing character arcs
  • Building characters

4. Revision Process II: Plot Arc and Story Goals

  • Story goals
  • Conflict
  • Story goals in fiction
  • Story goals in non-fiction
  • Planning your plot arc

5.  Working with Subplots

  • The function of a subplot
  • Types of subplot
  • Subplots in non-fiction
  • Revision and subplots

6.  Continuity of Practice: Building Strong Writing and Editing Habits

  • Continuity
  • Good habits
  • Bad habits
  • Scheduling
  • Writer’s Block
  • Character Exercises

7.  Continuity of Practice: Portfolio Building

  • Continuing to write
  • Keeping up with your journal
  • Ideas in development
  • Revision processes
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