CREATIVE WRITING
Diploma Specialist Course Level 4

Ever wanted to write a novel, but were afraid to start?

Right from the start of this course you will be completely involved in the process of becoming a better writer and understanding how to write a novel.  We’ll be with you every step of the way and, together, we’ll address everything you need to know. We will work on building on your weak areas and extending your strong areas, by introducing you to each element of the novel-writing process and encouraging you to start writing your next great book!

Take that step to changing your career!

COURSE STRUCTURE

There are 8 modules in this course to be completed, plus a final exam which is carried online through our eCampus.

  • MODULE 1: GETTING STARTED, INSPIRATION & BUILDING CONFIDENCE
    Most writers struggle with inspiration.  But once you have that initial gem of an idea, we’ll give you tips on how to flesh it out into a plot and storyline.  During the course, we’ll push you to further polish that initial gem into the pages of your book.
  • MODULE 2: THE FOUR ELEMENTS
    There are four elements that make up any novel: context, character, story and plot, and conflict resolution.  Understanding how they fit together is an important element in good writing.
  • MODULE 3:  STRUCTURE
    Reading a good novel is like listening to classical symphony.  Between the loud, fast passages it should have its slower, softer interludes.  The reader has to have time to catch their breath and make sense of what they’ve just read.
  • MODULE 4: VOICE
    Books need authenticity to engage with readers.  You have to find that authentic voice.  Your readers must believe in your “voice” and, to speak with credible authority, you must find a voice and tone that suits you and your book.
  • MODULE 5: CHARACTER
    Character is key element. We all love good characters – whether that character is Frankenstein or Sherlock Holmes.  Unless we are drawn to a character (or utterly repelled!) we can’t engage in the story.  Plastic characters or lazy stereotypes simply won’t do.
  • MODULE 6: RESEARCH, AUDIENCE AND FIRST LINES
    For a book to be successful, it has to find a buying audience.  Before you put pen to paper, that means knowing clearly who your book is aimed at, making sure that you’ve done your research and, as a very first step, writing that killer first line.
  • MODULE 7: LANGUAGE, TENSE AND NARRATIVE ANGLE
    We all write in different styles, and that’s part of the pleasure in reading different novelists. Part of that pleasure comes from how they describe things, and how they use language to move the story forwards. Some novels are written in the third person.  Others are written in the first person singular.  Some novels are written in the past tense.  Others in the present tense.  What’s right for your book?
  • MODULE 8: DIALOGUE AND NARRATIVE
    It’s something we do every day.  We have conversations with family, friends and complete strangers.  Yet writing good dialogue is surprisingly difficult.  How much to write down as dialogue?  How much to summarise as narrative?