Creative Writing for Beginners
Have you always wanted to write? Want to know how to start? Gain first-hand insight into the writing techniques employed by internationally renowned, best-selling authors, and benefit from the in-depth knowledge of our expert Penguin Random House Editors and highly experienced, professional Tutors as you progress towards establishing yourself as a writer.
The course is delivered entirely online, and there are no set times to log in, meaning you have the flexibility to study wherever and whenever best suits you.
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A professionally prepared series of weekly activities will guide you through essential topics including Character, Plot, Point of View, Description, Dialogue, Voice and Setting.
Written content from established Penguin Random House Editors, and informative videos featuring accomplished authors including Robert Goddard will provide you with expert knowledge about writing engaging dialogue, establishing realistic characters and overcoming writer's block.
During the course, a qualified Tutor will provide you with guidance, support and individual feedback and will be available to answer any questions that you may have as you progress.
Week 1: Character
Learn about and experiment with character development.
Week 2: Plot
Explore how Character and Plot are inextricably linked, and how a character’s actions and reactions drive a story.
Week 3: Point of view
Who is telling your story has a crucial effect on the reader’s experience of it. Experiment with writing in the first person or the third person, or from one character’s point of view or that of several characters.
Week 4: Description
Reflect on how to present the world of your story and its inhabitants in an exciting and emotionally rich manner.
Week 5: Character Revisited
Revisit the relationships between your characters and how they interact with each other. These interactions allow you to further develop your characters, and thus allow the reader to learn more about them.
Week 6: Dialogue
Learn the principles of writing plausible yet engaging dialogue.
Week 7: Voice
Explore how to give your narrators lively, compelling and diverse voices.
Week 8: Setting
Master how to present a dynamic world within which the characters interact and struggle.
Week 9: Beginnings
Discover how to start a novel, and what should be revealed, hinted at or withheld.
Week 10: Extended Assignment
Put what you have learnt so far into practice by writing an extended piece of fiction.