Course Overview

Fiction Writing and Self-Publishing

Course code: OSC985

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Develop your fiction writing skills and learn how to publish your own stories, from home!

This bundle will allow you to:

  • Think about all the elements that make a successful work of a fiction writer
  • Learn how to use these ideas to provide structure to your creativity and put them into a larger fictional project
  • Explore new methods to create characters, develop setting, create authentic speech (dialogue and monologue) and devise exciting, page-turning plotlines
  • Gain the foundational skills you need for success as a fiction writer
  • Understand the benefits of self-publishing
  • Learn how to get your book ready to be published
  • Explore the production of your book
  • Know how to distribute your book
  • Recognise the best marketing and sales required
  • Understand what resources will help you to get started

This course will allow you to study at a time and place which suits you with no strict deadlines or timetabling to contend with. This means you can fit studying around your other commitments!

You will receive your course by post or email, so getting your materials is easy and hassle-free. Your personal tutor is there to support you every step of the way by email, so help is only a click away!             

Start your journey and develop your skills and knowledge today and join over 85,000 students that already have!

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Course Content

 Fiction Writing

 Level 3:

 

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

 

 Self-Publishing –  Short course:

 

Self-Publishing:
  • Why self-publish?
  • Getting your book ready
  • Production
  • Distribution
  • Marketing and sales
  • Resources
Other Information
Assessment

This course is assessed by a series of written assignments which are marked by your tutor. No external examination is required.

Course Duration

Once enrolled, you will have two years to complete this bundle (one year per course), which will allow you to work at your own pace, without the pressure of tight deadlines. You will also receive 12 months tutor support for each course, so you can feel confident that you’ll get the help you need. Studying around your work and family commitments has never been easier.

Study Method

You will study this course by distance learning, which will enable you to learn when and where you want. You can study from home or at work; it is completely up to you. All your materials will be posted or emailed to you, so it is easy and hassle-free. You will also receive our award-winning tutor support by email, so help is only a click away!

Course Outcome

At the end of this course successful learners will receive a Fiction Writing Level 3 and Self-Publishing Short Course Certificate of Achievement from ABC Awards and Certa Awards and a Learner Unit Summary (which lists the components the learner has completed as part of the course).

The course has been endorsed under the ABC Awards and Certa Awards Quality Licence Scheme. This means that Open Study College has undergone an external quality check to ensure that the organisation and the courses it offers, meet defined quality criteria. The completion of this course alone does not lead to a regulated qualification* but may be used as evidence of knowledge and skills gained. The Learner Unit Summary may be used as evidence towards Recognition of Prior Learning if you wish to progress your studies in this subject. To this end the learning outcomes of the course have been benchmarked at Level 3 against level descriptors published by Ofqual, to indicate the depth of study and level of demand/complexity involved in successful completion by the learner. 

The course itself has been designed by Open Study College to meet specific learners’ and/or employers’ requirements which cannot be satisfied through current regulated qualifications. ABC Awards & Certa Awards endorsement involves robust and rigorous quality audits by external auditors to ensure quality is continually met. A review of courses is carried out as part of the endorsement process.

ABC Awards and Certa Awards have long-established reputations for providing high quality vocational qualifications across a wide range of industries. ABC Awards and Certa Awards combine over 180 years of expertise combined with a responsive, flexible and innovative approach to the needs of our customers.

Renowned for excellent customer service, and quality standards, ABC Awards and Certa Awards also offer regulated qualifications for all ages and abilities post-14; all are developed with the support of relevant stakeholders to ensure that they meet the needs and standards of employers across the UK.

*Regulated qualification refers to those qualifications that are regulated by Ofqual / CCEA / Qualification Wales

Q&As

Your Questions Answered

What are the requirements for this course?

You do not need any previous knowledge or skills to enrol onto this course. You may need to conduct your own further reading.

Is there a time limit for the completion of this course?

You may start at any time and have two years to complete this bundle (one year per course). This bundle is truly flexible and adaptable around your lifestyle.

What is included in the cost of my course?
  • Dedicated personal tutor support
  • Dedicated student support
  • Assignment marking and feedback
  • FREE CV writing service
  • FREE employability guide to help you impress future employers
  • *Comprehensive study guide
  • *Open Study College pen and highlighter
  • *Student study planner
  • *Student notebook
  • *Document wallet

* Not included with the online study option

Do I have to sit an exam?

No. We will issue certification based on your coursework alone.

Are there any additional costs?

No, everything you need is included in the price!

How will I get my work assessed?

Once we receive your work we will mark it and return it to you. 

What happens if I lose my course pack?

It’s not a problem. We offer a course replacement service, so if you get into trouble and your course pack is lost or damaged, our Student Support Team can provide you with a new set of materials for a one-time additional fee.

What if I still have questions?

That’s not a problem. We want to make sure you’re 100% confident about enrolling on the course and starting your study. So, just give our Student Support Team a call on 03300 563 100 and they’ll do their best to help.

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The course is everything I hoped it would be

So far so good, or should I say excellent. I have just received Christine Bell's feedback for unit 1 assessment 1, which she has given me constructive feedback. I appreciate this as I wish to know and understand my strengths and weaknesses. I never pull punches and seek the same from others. From here I shall study my weaknesses and improve on them, she gave me a clear understanding how I should proceed, as for outlining my strengths it has given me greater confidence. I'm happy. The course is everything I hoped it would be, wonderful. Lastly, thank you.

- Joseph Anthony Wrigglesworth

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