Emerging Writers’ Entire Course Short Fiction

$ 495.00

 

There are no prerequisites or formal learning qualifications required to participate in this self-paced course. Conducted online via this website (with password access), the course consists of a total of 8 modules, each containing three separate units that take around 10 – 15 min’s to complete (not including assigned writing, reading and viewing exercises). The modules cover a range of subject matter, including sourcing/generating ideas, plot development, story structure, characterisation, setting, point of view, dialogue, theme, symbolism, and more. This course places a strong emphasis upon practising writing skills/techniques, and participants are given writing exercises/prompts and encouraged to share their creative output on the FoW Emerging Writers’ Chat Group on Facebook. The group is only accessible to course participants. All participants receive a certificate of completion upon finishing the course. All participants in the Emerging Writers’ Course will also be invited to submit a piece of fiction, memoir, or poetry (up to 2000 words in length) to our upcoming publication, ‘Offshoots‘, which will be published (and freely accessible) in electronic form around December 2017/January 2018. It will also be possible to order print copies ‘on demand’ for a minimal cost through the Field of Words website. ‘Offshoots‘ will be an annual publication.

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Emerging Writers' Course (Short Fiction)
There are no prerequisites or formal learning qualifications required to participate in this self-paced course. Conducted online via this website (with password access), the course consists of a total of 8 modules, each containing three separate units that take around 10 – 15 min’s to complete (not including assigned writing, reading and viewing exercises). The modules cover a range of subject matter, including sourcing/generating ideas, plot development, story structure, characterisation, setting, point of view, dialogue, theme, symbolism, and more. This course places a strong emphasis upon practising writing skills/techniques, and participants are given writing exercises/prompts and encouraged to share their creative output on the FoW Emerging Writers' Chat Group on Facebook. The group is only accessible to course participants. All participants receive a certificate of completion upon finishing the course. All participants in the Emerging Writers’ Course will also be invited to submit a piece of fiction, memoir, or poetry (up to 2000 words in length) to our upcoming publication, ‘Offshoots‘, which will be published (and freely accessible) in electronic form around December 2017/January 2018. It will also be possible to order print copies ‘on demand’ for a minimal cost through the Field of Words website. ‘Offshoots‘ will be an annual publication.
Module 1 Establishing a Writing Practice
This module prompts participants to consider where they might get their creative writing ideas from, while also providing instruction and guidance as to develop a writing vision and bring it to fruition via regular writing practise. Consisting of three separate units, this module also provides participants with several writing exercises, the outcomes of which can be shared on the FoW Emerging Writers Chat Group.
Unit 1 Finding Your Muse
Unit 2 Why do You Write?
Unit 3 The Writing Practice and Planning
Module 2 Investigating the Short Fiction Form
Consisting of three separate units, this module examines the mechanics of short fiction, guiding participants through an analysis of short story and flash fiction, which are differentiated from prose poetry. Participants will be shown effective approaches and techniques related to writing short fiction. This module provides participants with several writing exercises, the outcomes of which can be shared on the FoW Emerging Writers Chat Group. This unit is accompanied by a number of recommended short/flash fiction readings.
Unit 1 Comparing Short Stories, Flash Fiction & Prose Poetry
Unit 2 Writing Flash Fiction
Unit 3 Writing Short Stories
Module 3 Investigating Plot and Structure
This module investigates the mechanics of plot and structure, determining the difference between these two fundamental elements of creative writing. Detailed information is provided regarding various types of story structure/s (along with structural devices). Consisting of three units, the module prompts readers to put the knowledge and skills they acquire in relation to plot and structure and complete numerous writing exercises. A number of readings and short video viewings are recommended.
Unit 1 The Mechanics of Plot
Unit 2 The Mechanics of Structure
Unit 3 Bringing Plot & Structure Together
Module 4 Delving into Characterisation
In this module, participants will study and practise different techniques of characterisation. Consisting of 3 units, topics across this module address the importance of strong characterisation in narrative, methods direct and indirect characterisation, constructing flat and round characters, as well as building reader empathy for characters. Participants will be asked to complete a number of writing exercises, and there are also recommended readings.
Unit 1 Methods of Characterisation
Unit 2 The Importance of Character
Unit 3 Investigating Round Characters
Module 5 The Intricacies of Viewpoint
In this module, participants will learn about different types of point of view and how to deploy these in story writing. They will also investigate the importance of time in terms of point of view, along with the effects that different points of view have upon narrative. Consisting of three units, this module contains a number of writing exercises and recommended readings.
Unit 1 Investigating Point of View
Unit 2 The Effects of Point of View
Unit 3 Studying Contrasting Points of View
Module 6 Exploring Setting
In this module, participants will learn about the functions of setting, including function as time and place, context, primary scenario, symbol, mood, and as character motivation. Participants will also investigate the relationship between setting and research in terms of building believability in narrative. Consisting of three units, this module provides participants with several writing exercises and suggested readings.
Unit 1 Functions of Setting - Part 1
Unit 2 The Functions of Setting - Part 2
Unit 3 Setting, Research, Believability and Distance
Module 7 Investigating Dialogue
In this module, participants will learn about the different types of dialogue, as well as the functions of dialogue in narrative. Participants will reflect upon the qualities of great dialogue and be coached on how to correctly format dialogue. Consisting of three units, this module will provide participants with various writing exercises, along with recommended readings and short film viewings.
Unit 1 The Types of Dialogue
Unit 2 Functions of Dialogue
Unit 3 Features of Great Dialogue
Module 8 Investigating Theme
In this course, participants will investigate the nature of theme in narrative, particularly in relation to the difference between theme and topic. They will also learn and practise techniques for delivering theme, including the use of symbolism, literary allusion, and character development/change. Consisting of three units, this module contains numerous writing exercises, along with recommended readings and short film viewings.
Unit 1 Introduction to Theme
Unit 2 Techniques for Delivering Theme
Unit 3 Theme and Character Development

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