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Fiction Writing Level 3

Course code: ABC004

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Always wanted to become an author of short stories and novels?

This fascinating course is designed to help you get started on your way to becoming a Fiction Writer!

On this dynamic course, you will be encouraged to think about all the elements that make a successful work of fiction. You will then learn how to use these ideas to provide structure to your creativity and put your ideas into a larger fictional project. As you progress throughout the course, you will learn new methods to create characters, develop setting, create authentic speech (dialogue and monologue) and devise exciting, page-turning plotlines.

Through gathering a range of techniques and really honing your writer's craft, you will develop your fictional writing skills to a more professional standard, gaining the foundational skills you need for success as a Fiction Writer.

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Course Content
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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Assessment

You will be assessed through a series of written assignments, which are submitted to your tutor for marking. No external examination is required.

Course Duration

You may start at any time and have a full year to complete your studies. We suggest that the course will take approximately 80 hours to complete. This is more than enough time to give you flexibility and work at your own pace without the pressure of deadlines.

Study Method

The course is designed for study by distance learning at home or at work. Students will receive all course materials by post, as well as tutor support by email.

Course Outcomes

At the end of this course successful learners will receive a 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 skills are needed to enrol onto this course?

You do not need any previous knowledge to enrol onto this course.

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
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  • * Not included with the online study option

Do I have to sit an exam?

No. Your certification is issued based on your tutor-marked assignments.

Are there any additional costs?

No. Everything you need is included in the price!

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.

6Reviews

The study material I received was very informative

I've had a fascination with writing and have a lot of time on my hands because of my MS. The study material I received was very informative. The tutor support that I receive is very helpful and quick. I will be recommending Open Study College to all my friends. I am also thinking depending on how I get on with this course, that I might enrol on another. 

- Samantha Andrews

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