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Creative writing course

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Approximate Study Time: 200 Hours (Self Study) Buy Now More InfoThe Creative Writing – Level 3 Diploma Course is designed to help students take the important first steps into this highly creative subject area. Creative Writing is one of the most enjoyable past-times and whether you are writing just for enjoyment or because you want to make it a career, this course will help you to explore your writing and find ways to improve it. On successful completion of this course students will receive an accredited Level 3 Certificate of Achievement.

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Course programme

The Creative Writing – Level 3 Diploma Course is designed to help students take the important first steps into this highly creative subject area. Over the past decade there has been a rapid rise in the popularity of Creative Writing as a subject area.

Creative Writing could be any writing outside of the usual professional, journalistic or academic forms of literature. It has become one of the most popular pastimes for people wanting to share short stories, poetry, songs or even those wanting to write a novel, Autobiography/Memoir or a screenplay!

Whether you are writing just for enjoyment or because you want to make it a career, this course will help you to explore your writing and find ways to improve it. The course includes writing exercises and assignments that you will submit to your tutor.

On successful completion on this course students will receive an accredited Level 3 Certificate Award.

Unit 1 of the course will help students to look at their writing and experiences of writing. You will use this exploration to create a written piece that will give your tutor an idea of who you are and what sort of writer you are. Unit 2 will explore different types of texts and different genres while unit 3 will look at starting to write, with tips on how to start, how to choose what to write and generate ideas for writing.

Units 4 to 11 will each look at a different form of writing, covering short stories, poetry, longer texts, novels, life writing, writing for younger readers, non-fiction and scriptwriting. Each module will look at examples and at ideas and techniques for generating written pieces. Each module will also include exercises so you can try out some of the different types of writing and genres.

The last three units will explore the processes that surround creative writing and what it means to be a writer. It will explore the editorial process and look at why it is so important, and how you can edit your own writing and learn from editing and feedback.

The course includes the following units:-

  • Unit 1 - Creative Writing & You

Learning Outcomes: Understand the reasons for writing; Understand the experience of writing; and Understand when you write.

  • Unit 2 - Exploring Different Texts and Genres

Learning Outcomes: Understand the different types of genres associated with creative writing; Understand the different types of sub-genres associated with creative writing; Understand the meaning of conflict within creative writing; and Understand the term ‘critical analysis' as it applies to creative writing.

  • Unit 3 - Starting to Write

Learning Outcomes: Understand writing in the first, second and third person; Understand the term ‘writing style'; Understand the nature and purpose of dialogue; and Be able to create a believable character.

  • Unit 4 - The Short Story

Learning Outcomes: Understand the genre of the short story; Understand the elements of the short story; and Be able to write a short story.

  • Unit 5 - Poetry

Learning Outcomes: Understand what poetry is; Understand both rhyming verse and free verse; and Be able to write poems in a number of forms, for example, a sonnet.

  • Unit 6 - Writing for Radio

Learning Outcomes: Understand the skills needed to write for radio; Be able to write a short story for radio; Be able to write a poem for radio; and Understand the structure of a radio feature.

  • Unit 7 - The Novel

Learning Outcomes: Understand the skills needed to write a novel; Understand the importance of location/s in a novel; and Be able to plot a novel.

  • Unit 8 - Life Writing

Learning Outcomes: Understand the genre of life writing; Understand the sub-genre of the biography; and Able to plot a biography.

  • Unit 9 - Writing for Children

Learning Outcomes: Understand the genre of writing for children; Be able to write a poem for children; and Be able to write a short story for children.

  • Unit 10 - Non-fiction Writing

Learning Outcomes: Understand the requirements of non-fiction writing; Understand what journalism is; and Be able to write a news story.

  • Unit 11 - Scriptwriting

Learning Outcomes: Understand the skills needed to write a play; Understand the different script layouts; and Be able to write a script.

  • Unit 12 - The Editing Process

Learning Outcomes: Understand the editing process; Understand the importance of proof reading; and Edit your work.

  • Unit 13 - Getting Published

Learning Outcomes: Understand the different types of publishing; Be able to prepare a manuscript for publication; and Be able to market your work.

  • Unit 14 - Being a Writer

Learning Outcomes: Be able to motivate yourself to write; Be able to plan your writing calendar; and Be able to understand the support available to writers.

Prerequisites:

There is no prior learning knowledge or experience required to take this course.

Course Duration & Support:

Full tutor support is provided for a period of 12 months. You are provided with comprehensive materials designed to provide you with everything required to complete your study. You will have your own tutor who will guide you through your course work and answer any questions you have. Our student support team are also available for any other queries that you may have whilst completing your course.

Assessment:

You will be assessed on coursework which is detailed in the course materials. You will complete a number of exercises, activities and assignments to be submitted to your tutor for marking to gain the Level 3 Creative Writing Diploma Certificate Award.

Certification:

On successful completion of this course students will be awarded a Creative Writing Certificate of Achievement by NCFE.

The course measurable learning outcomes have been benchmarked at Level 3 (using Ofqual’s Qualification and Credit Framework (QCF) level descriptors) to allow you to consider the depth of study, difficulty, and level of achievement involved.

Further information about Ofqual’s Qualification & Credit Framework level descriptors can be found at http://www.ofqual.gov.uk/qualifications-and-assessments/qualification-frameworks/levels-of-qualifications/

NCFE is recognised as an Awarding Organisation by the qualification regulators for England, Wales and Northern Ireland, who are: the Office of the Qualifications and Examinations Regulator (Ofqual) in England, the Welsh Government, and the Council for Curriculum, Examinations and Assessment (CCEA) in Northern Ireland.

NCFE accreditation gives assurance that the content of a training course is of a high standard and meets the rigorous requirements of a national awarding organisation. NCFE accreditation also gives formal recognition to courses which result in the award of a certificate of achievement but does not qualify you for a nationally recognised qualification. This course has been accredited under NCFE IIQ Licence by NCC which has been approved as an NCFE Investing in Quality (IIQ) centre to give formal recognition to our courses. We have designed our training courses specifically to meet the needs of learners who prefer to study from home.

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Course Format Paper Based Materials Payment Plan Option Spread the cost over 4 monthly payments. Approximate Self Study Time 200 Hours (Self Study) Initial Payment of