Why this course?
Writing, and especially creative writing, is a skill that takes a lot of time and effort to master. Crafting an engaging story, whether for personal or professional pursuit is a skill that takes practice and careful development, and many authors struggle to get published due to lack of solid story development understanding.
This highly practical 10-week online short course offers you the opportunity to hone your creative writing skills by producing a creative piece of writing (whether a novel or short story) within a supportive online writing community, guided by accomplished author Mike Nicol. It looks at the major concerns writers face while working on an extended piece of fiction and offers an introduction on how you should present your work to editors and agents. Network with fellow writers, share work, contacts and ideas, and review one another’s creative writing pieces as part of your own writing process. At the end of the course, receive the opportunity to submit your manuscript for consideration to be published under Random House Struik’s eKhaya imprint.
Is this course for you?
This course in creative writing is designed for both current and aspiring writers. It’s ideal if you’ve dreamed of writing a novel or a short story, or if you’re an accomplished fiction writer and want to brush up on your skills, as well as if you’re a non-fiction writer who wants to use dramatic storytelling techniques to make your work come alive. It’s suitable if you want to bring more flair, drama, and passion into your blog writing, copywriting or creative prose. If you’re a professional editor, you’ll also benefit from this course.
What you will learn
- Orientation module Welcome to your Online Campus
- Module 1 Planning the story
- Module 2 Beginnings
- Module 3 Characters and characterisation
- Module 4 Turning story into plot
- Module 5 Making people talk
- Module 6 Point of view
- Module 7 Conflict, tension and suspense
- Module 8 The writer’s voice
- Module 9 Endings
- Module 10 Editors, publishers and agents
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