Creative Writing Level 3

They say everyone has a book in them. Find yours with our creative writing diploma!

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Overview

Are you a budding author? Knowing how to write well will make the difference between a publishing deal and a manuscript that ends up on the ‘rejected’ pile. And it’s not just aspiring writers who could benefit from studying creative writing; understanding how to express yourself in a thoughtful and engaging way is essential for a wide variety of professions in which communication is key, such as marketing, public relations, journalism, teaching, and more!

In this course, you’ll learn exactly what elements go into brilliant creative writing, exploring different types of texts and genres such as autobiographies, prose fiction, travel writing, and short stories. You’ll delve into narrative voice and perspective, and examine excerpts from classic texts such as ‘Cider with Rosie’ by Laurie Lee and ‘I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings’ by Maya Angelou.

You’ll complete assignments which, with your tutor’s feedback, will hone and perfect your writing style, and round off the course by unleashing your creativity by composing your own extended piece of writing in a genre of your choice, which your tutor will extensively assess and critique. Want to get your book ready for the publishers? Your journey starts here!

What you'll learn

Unit 1 - Basics of Creative Writing

In this unit, you’ll cover the definition of relevant words you’ll encounter throughout the course, as well as the main things you must consider before beginning any piece of creative writing. You’ll also examine the process of editing, proofreading, and how to avoid plagiarism.

Unit 2 - Reading for Writing

In the second unit, you’ll discover how to use a reading log to record your responses to various texts, and a notebook for writing down anything that might inspire you.

Unit 3 - Prose Non-fiction: Biography and Autobiography

Next, you’ll study the difference between biography and autobiography writing, and study a variety of text excerpts whilst asking key questions about each.

Unit 4 - Prose Non-fiction: Review

In unit four, you’ll cover the ‘review’ as a form of prose non-fiction. You’ll learn about the purpose of a review, and examine an example from The Guardian newspaper, studying the writer’s use of metaphors, abstract nouns, and other aspects of language choice. As a learning activity, you’ll find your own review, and compare it in content and style to The Guardian’s example.

Unit 5 - Prose Non-fiction: Travel Writing

Moving on, you’ll study travel writing, examining excerpts from two texts: ‘Notes from a Small Island’ by Bill Bryson, and ‘Full Circle’ by Michael Palin. As you do, you’ll make notes in your reading log, to prepare for this unit’s assignment – producing an extended piece of travel writing.

Unit 6 - Prose Fiction: Introduction

In the sixth unit, you’ll move on to fiction, examining narrative voice and structure, perspective, and plot. You’ll also study the ways in which settings, characters, and dialogue can be constructed effectively to tell a story, and consider sub-genres in prose fiction.

Unit 7 - Prose Fiction: The Short Story

Next, you’ll examine extracts from the classics ‘Stone Trees’ by Jane Gardam, and ‘The Train to Walthamstow’ by Patrick Wilmot, and consider ways in which you can generate ideas for your own short story before getting to work on a 750-1000 word piece

Unit 8 - Prose Fiction: The Novel

In unit eight, you’ll start to think of some of the most effective ways to begin a novel, before gaining some inspiration by reading excerpts from novels by authors Ian McEwan, Marina Lewycka, and Italo Calvino. In your assignment, you’ll construct the opening to your own novel, providing a clear structure and rationale for your content.

Unit 9 - Writing a Dramatic Script

This unit will provide an introduction to script-writing, and the basics you’ll need to create your own dramatic masterpiece. You’ll also examine an extract from Tennesse Williams’ ‘The Glass Menagerie’, to explore how the characters interact with one another, how the scene is set, and how the stage directions add to the narrative. For your assignment, you’ll create a script for a drama lasting at least two minutes.

Unit 10 - Extended Writing

Final Assignment: writing an extended piece.

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Awarding Body

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With a heritage stretching back over 150 years, NCFE is one of the largest awarding bodies in the UK. Over 340,000 students were awarded certification by NCFE last year.

NCFE Customised Qualifications are bespoke, unregulated qualifications developed to meet the specific needs of learners. These courses fit in where there are no other regulated qualifications are available. Meaning you can achieve recognition from a well-respected awarding body, even if there isn’t a pre-existing qualification in a certain subject area.

Course Outcome

At the end of this Creative Writing course, successful learners will be awarded a formal certificate of achievement and a Customised Qualification from NCFE. You can read more about NCFE.

How is this course assessed or examined?

Each unit is followed by a written Tutor Marked Assignment (TMA), which is submitted and then marked by your tutor. You will not be required to take an external exam.

Entry requirements

There are no formal entry requirements for this course, however, it is recommended that you have an intermediate ability to read and write English.

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Why study creative writing online?

Creative writing is made out to be an effortless thing to do if you’ve got the talent, but there’s certainly a lot of practice that goes into writing a quality story that sells.

And once you’ve managed to complete a draft, the ability to proofread it yourself will save you a decent amount of money and ensure you keep full creative control.

Why study journalism online?

Whether you dream of being a hard-hitting news reporter or want to write features for glossy magazines, studying journalism will help you make this a reality.

Why study a writing or journalism course online with Oxbridge?

When you enrol on a course with us, we make it our personal mission to help you succeed. You’ll have 24-hour access to our award-winning online learning platform so that you can study at a time, place and pace that suits you. You have complete control over your learning when you study with us.

But that doesn’t mean we’ll leave you to muddle through alone. You’ll be allocated an experienced personal tutor who will be on hand to help when you need it. Simply schedule a one-to-one and reap the benefits of their in-depth knowledge.

If you’ve found the perfect course, enrolling online is quick and easy. But if you’d like a little more help and advice, speak to one of our friendly learning advisers today! 😊

How can I become a writer?

From journalism and copywriting (both within a company setting or in a freelance capacity) to fiction and screenwriting, making a living as a writer is an attainable goal.

To reach a position where you’re paid to write, it’s helpful to have a diverse portfolio to showcase your ability. This could take the form of a personal blog that covers various topics in a range of structures.

Maybe you have a knack for getting to the juicy details of a news story, or perhaps there’s a screenplay in you that the world needs to know about. Either way, the more bows you can add to your quiver, the more employable you’ll look, which is where our online writing and journalism courses come in.

From creative writing to freelance journalism, we can help your writing leap off the page and onto the stage, screen, or printing press, whatever your goals and aspirations are.

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