Start Writing Fiction: Characters and Stories

Course Level 1: Introductory

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Estimated Study Time: 24-30 hours

Offered by: OpenLearn

This course helps you to get started with your own fiction writing. It provides a practical, hands-on approach, focusing on the central skill of creating characters. You will listen to established writers talk about how they started writing and consider the rituals of writing and the importance of keeping a journal.

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You’ll learn how to develop your ideas and the importance of reflecting on writing and editing, and you’ll hear other writers talking about their approaches to research and consider ways of turning events into a plot.

You’ll also have the opportunity to review and comment on the work of fellow writers, and receive peer feedback on your own story, learning the importance of reading as a writer and how to receive and respond to feedback. 

This course is intended for those with an interest in starting to write fiction or improving their fiction writing, and does not require any previous experience of studying this subject.

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