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Fiction Writing Level 3

Course Code: ABC004
Course Level: 3

Course Overview

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

Other Information

  • 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 by ABC Awards and a Learner Unit Summary (This lists details of all the units you have completed as part of your course).

    The course itself has been designed by Open Study College to meet specific learners’ or employers’ requirements. The course has been endorsed under the ABC Awards’ Quality Licence Scheme. This means Open Study College have undergone external quality checks to ensure that the organisation and the courses’ it offers meet a high standard. Regular reviews of our courses are carried out as part of the endorsement process.

    The completion of this course alone does not lead to an Ofqual regulated qualification, but may be used as evidence of knowledge and skills towards regulated qualifications in the future. The unit summary can be used as evidence towards your Recognition of Prior Learning if you wish to progress your studies in this sector.

    The course depth and study has been benchmarked at Level 3 against level descriptors published by Ofqual.

    ABC Awards are a national awarding organisation that have years of experience in developing and awarding high quality vocational qualifications across a wide range of industries. They have a comprehensive portfolio of over 650 Ofqual regulated qualifications on the national Qualifications and Credit framework (QCF) for all ages and abilities post-14.

course questions & answers

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 NUS Extra card worth £12.00
  • FREE CV writing service
  • *Comprehensive study guide
  • *Exclusive Open Study College Pen
  • *Student study planner
  • *Three colour highlighter
  • *Student notebook
  • *Document wallet
  • * 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 do i do if i still have questions?

For further information please contact us.

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    "The study material I received was very informative"

    - Samantha Andrews, Grantham

    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. 

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