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Fiction Writing Level 3

Open Study College

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Working on your fiction writing? Improve your technique with this intensive course from Open Study College. You will learn the basic principles of fiction plus techniques which will help you engage your readers with quality writing.

Some of the areas which will be covered include structure, genre, reader identification, plot, tension, and twists. You will also learn to deal with the business side of writing, such as how to work with agents, keep records and pay income tax on your earnings.

This course is conveniently designed for home study, providing you with unbeatable flexibility. You can study whenever and from wherever you would like, and will have access to a tutor via email. The course will be assessed written examinations and you will have one full year to complete the requirements, so you can work at your own pace.

At the end of this course successful learners will receive a level 3 NCFE Award certificate of achievement, signifying that it is independently accredited at a level of learning equivalent to level 3 on The Qualifications and Credit Framework (QCF) for England, Wales and Northern Ireland (where level 2 and level 3 courses are similar in difficulty to GCSEs and A Levels, respectively). NCFE is recognised as an Awarding Organisation by the qualification regulators for England, Wales, and Northern Ireland.

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What you'll learn on the course

Income Tax
Quality Training
Short Story
Reader Identification

Course programme

Study how to write short stories, novels, and screenplays for radio and television using professional writer's techniques. You will also learn about the practical challenges of being a published author on this course.

Unit 1: Getting Started

  • Compose a short piece of autobiographical writing
  • Explain why, where and how you like to write, and describe your writing voice
  • Develop a character using some of your own characteristics
  • Develop a piece of fiction using your character

Unit 2: Creation of character and setting

  • Create a character sketch
  • Create a description of setting from memory demonstrating use of the five senses
  • Demonstrate original fiction writing that presents character and setting
  • Produce a 200 word plan of a larger piece of work developing your character and/or setting

Unit 3: Dialogue and Monologue

  • Critically evaluate the techniques used in monologue and dialogue through analysis of examples
  • Produce a critical evaluation of a monologue
  • Demonstrate the use of dialogue
  • Demonstrate the use of monologue form

Unit 4: Showing, not telling, and creation of character emotions

  • Recognise and demonstrate the use of figurative language
  • Demonstrate skills of showing, not telling, in writing
  • Demonstrate an ability to show character emotion
  • Produce an original example of fiction demonstrating the use of ‘showing not telling’ skills, character emotion and figurative language

Unit 5: Genre writing and devising a plot

  • Identify your favourite genre and outline the features present
  • Make a plan that incorporates development of plot
  • Produce an original piece of writing in a chosen genre
  • Produce a commentary on the genre specific feature of your writing

Unit 6: Piecing it all together – synoptic project

  • Produce an extended piece of original fiction
  • Write a synopsis of your idea and how the work will develop
  • Write a review of your own writing
  • Produce a development plan detailing the next steps in your writing

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