Study Creative Writing at Home
- Develop Creativity, Develop Writing Skills, Explore your Potential
Develop your general writing skills as well as stimulating your ability to be more creative in your writing. The course is a good starting point for you to learn to write professionally. It is equally valuable to help improve your general communication skills and develop a more creative and interesting approach to writing in everyday life, whether writing letters to friends or putting together community newsletters.In this course, ‘creative writing’ is any writing that expresses events and emotions in an imaginative manner and whose primary intent is to arouse emotions. Creative writing can therefore be fiction, using imaginative narration, or non fiction, based on facts and events. The common ground of fiction and non-fiction writing is the creativity the writer uses to express his or her thoughts and emotions.
Course Duration: 100 hrs
The nine lessons are as outlined below:
- What is creative writing
- What’s different about creative writing
- Information and creativity
- Creative genres
- Forms of Writing
- Creative Writing resources
- What is needed for success
- The business of writing
- Getting published
- Self publishing
- Vanity publishing
- Basic Creative Writing Skills
- Words and their proper use
- Types of language
- Informative language
- Persuasive language
- Imaginative language
- Literal language
- Figurative language
- Formal language
- Colloquial language
- Parts of language (nouns, pronouns, verbs, adverbs, prepositions, plurals, possessive nouns & pronouns, gender, adjectives, articles)
- Common grammatical errors (fragmented sentences, run on sentences, comma splices, dangling modifiers).
- Run on sentences
- Irregular verbs
- Whom or who
- Pronouns and Antecedents
- Creating and critiquing
- Generating ideas
- Developing ideas
- Narrative theory
- Narrative structure
- Settings or scenes
- Mood or atmosphere
- Point of view
- Creative reading.
- Concise and Clarity
- Making things clear
- Slice of life fiction
- Conciseness and Succinctness
- Understanding ambiguity
- Causes of ambiguity
- Doubt and ambiguity
- Hinge points and ambiguity
- Planning What You Write
- Writing routine
- Establishing a theme
- Organising ideas
- Writing a synopsis
- Developing objectives.
- Writing Fiction
- Common errors
- Scope or Range
- Theme problems
- Authenticity problems
- Tone problems.
- Writing Non-fiction
- Creative non fiction
- Developing ideas
- Story line
- Classical Development
- Chronological development
- Cause and effect
- Comparison and contrast
- Developing a profile
- Newspaper Writing
- What to write
- News values
- Writing guidelines
- Regular columns
- Writing for Magazines
- Scope of magazine writing
- What publishers want
- Magazine articles
- Travel writing
- Writing for public relations
- Selling your work.
- Writing Books
- Getting started
- Getting a contract
- Book publishing
- Non fiction books
- Fact finding.
- Special Project
- Organising a portfolio to sell yourself.
On enrolment, you are sent a package of course materials including:
A Subject Guide with lesson notes;
Interactive self assessment tests
Online student room.
You will also gain access to intensive tutor support. Tutors are available five days a week and can be contacted by email, phone, or in writing. Arrangements can be made for tutors to contact you after hours, if needed.
WHAT YOU WILL DO IN THIS COURSE
Some of the activities and exercises that you will do as part of this course are:
- Analyse three texts to identify their genres, describe their layout, and any key elements;
- Locate a vanity publisher and a well-known publisher and obtain information on their submitting requirements;
- Write part of a newspaper feature article in 3 different ways, using 3 different types of language to create different impressions;
- Critique a piece of your own writing (250 words or more), noting its good points, its weaknesses;
- Develop one short scene for three different storylines, letting the setting, characters, dialogue and action show what is happening, what might have gone before, and what might follow;
- Make notes on two authors’ uses of concealing and revealing (transparency and ambiguity), and analyse their effectiveness in each case;
- Describe a place or person in your life from two completely different perspectives;
- Rewrite an assignment in a different voice
- Use defamiliarisation to make a common object appear mysterious, or dangerous, or alien.
- Discuss the organisation of texts, considering why the authors might have organised their texts this way, and discuss how the structures contribute to the overall effectiveness of the text;
- Write a first draft in 3 hours, without editing;
- Edit the draft for structure, clarity, flow of ideas, content, mood, voice etc.
- Edit 3 items of your writing (include one short story) for clarity and succinctness; explain your changes;
- Research likely publishers for one of your stories and submit it.
- Construct outlines of fiction stories using the first and last sentences of published works.
- List 3 possible non-fiction writing projects for specific publishers, and explain your choices;
- Write three outlines for non-fiction pieces, modeled on the outlines of your three creative writing readings;
- Interview someone in preparation for writing a profile on that person. Explain why you think that person might be of interest to others.
Professional writers mark and comment on your work throughout the course, giving you invaluable advice and guidance. For those wanting to go further, the tutors are more than happy to advise you on how to get started into a career in writing; how to develop your work, how to approach people who might buy it and how to deal with such people.
Creative Writing can be either Fiction or Non Fiction
Differences between creative and informative writing are sometimes quite blurred. Some well-known and esteemed pieces of writing that are primarily informative are also very creative, sensitive and beautiful, while some primarily creative works are also highly informative. To understand this better, read a chapter from A.S. Byatt’s novel, Possession, Tolstoy’s War and Peace, Dee Brown’s history, Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee, and James Mitchener’s epic novel, Hawaii. You will also see writing where creativity and information carry equal weight and importance in some newspaper feature articles, often found in the centre pages of the weekend editions, and in many magazine articles.
Good creative writing uses the same kinds of writing that make for good informative writing, or good argument, or good exposition. It is the writer’s skill at using these forms of writing that can turn any piece of writing into creative piece of writing.
Even when we write fiction, we are dealing with reality as we know it. Fictional does not mean false. It takes our reality, or parts of it, and shows it to us in new ways. It makes the familiar unfamiliar, and takes us into parts of reality, making us take the time (because we read much slower than we think or see) to see its complexity, beauty and pain. Even fantasy fiction and science fiction, which give us totally created worlds, are based on elements of reality, and are therefore recognisable and believable. Therefore, when we write creatively, it doesn’t matter whether we are writing fiction or non-fiction. What matters is that we are sharing experiences and emotions with the reader and, for a while at least, leading them towards a particular point of view.
Why Choose This Course
- Course notes and materials are unique (written by our staff) and up to date (most revised annually) –our graduates are more up to date with what they learn than many other institutions.
- We don’t just present you with information; we also work to help you understand and remember it, develop an ability to apply it in the real world, and build networks with others who work in this field.
- Start any time, study at your own pace, study from anywhere
- Don’t waste time and money traveling to and from classes
- More choices in your assignment work –courses are written to allow you more options to focus on parts of the subject that are of more interest to you.
- Tutors more accessible than many colleges – academics are hard at work in both the UK and Australia, 5 days a week, 16 hours a day, and answering individual queries from students are top priority and always attended to within a day –often within an hour.
- Be treated like an individual –don’t get lost in a crowd of other students. Our tutors interact with you one to one.
- Extra help at no extra cost where needed.. If you find a task you can’t do, we will help you through it or give you another option.
- Support after graduation –We will advise on getting work, starting a business, putting a CV together. We will promote students and their businesses through our extensive profile on the internet. Any graduate who asks will be helped.
How You Study
- When you enroll, we send you an email that explains it all.
- You are given a short orientation video to watch, where our principal introduces you to how the course works, and how you can access all sorts of support services
- You are either given access to your course online, or sent a CD or course materials through the mail (or by courier).
- You work through lessons one by one. Each lesson has at least four parts:
- An aim -which tells you what you should be achieving in the lesson
- Reading -notes written and regularly revised by our academic staff
- Set Task(s) -These are practicals, research or other experiential learning tasks that strengthen and add to what you have been reading
- Assignment -By answering questions, submitting them to a tutor, then getting feedback from the tutor, you confirm that you are on the right track, but more than that, you are guided to consider what you have been studying in different ways, broadening your perspective and reinforcing what you are learning about
- Other - Your work in a course rarely stops at just the above four parts. Different courses and different students will need further learning experiences. Your set task or assignment may lead to other things, interacting with tutors or people in industry, reviewing additional reference materials or something else. We treat every student as an individual and supplement their learning needs as the occasion requires.
- You are given access to and encouraged to use a range of supplementary services including an online student room, including online library; student bookshop, newsletters, social media etc.
- You are provided with a "student manual" which you can refer to if and when needed. It provides a quick solution to most problems that might occur (some people never need to use this; but if you are studying late at night & have a problem, the manual provides a first port of call that can often get you moving again).
- ACS is known and highly respected internationally: by employers and academics alike:
- Recognised by International Accreditation and Recognition Council
- ACS has been training people around the world since 1979
- Over 100,000 have now studied ACS courses, across more than 150 countries
- Formal affiliations with colleges in five countries
- A faculty of over 40 internationally renowned academics –books written by our staff used by universities and colleges around the world.
You can be either pay fees in one or two parts.
- If paying in 2 parts, the first part is paid on enrolment, and the second part two months later (You are sent a bill when you enrol).
- If you pay the full fee on enrolment, we offer a discounted fee (commonly around 8% lower)
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