Creative Writing - Giving Authenticity to your Characters and Plots
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About this course

Drawing upon social psychology the course aims to give writers and authors a deeper understanding of human behaviour and its relevance to creating credible characters and story plots.  The scope of the course ranges from developing story openings with impact, to marketing the final product

What will I learn?

On completion, you should be able to:

  • Understand causes and effects in both overt and covert behaviour
  • Apply your understanding to the art and craft of skilled fiction writing
  • Develop both characters and their interactions with others in greater depth
  • Shape convincing plots as bedrocks of an evolving story

The following topics will be covered during the course:

  • There are no rules . . .
  • Establishing story beginnings that resonate
  • The dominant thrust of your story - plot or character?
  • A closer look at personality and behaviour - the dynamics of interaction
  • The dark side of humanity
  • Credibility and authenticity
  • 'Lose your mind and come to your senses'  - the place of the 6 senses in fiction
  • 'Writers’ block' and the daily discipline of regular writing
  • Writing is re-writing. Critiquing your writing: who are your readers?
  • Getting your book published: independent vs traditional publishing
  • Publicising, marketing and selling your book
Entry requirements

There are no entry requirements associated with this course.

Study, assessment and qualifications

Assessment is informal, based on your personal targets and the learning outcomes and will be undertaken regularly with you by the course tutor.

Additional costs and information

There are no additional course costs.

You should bring with you:

  • Laptop (optional)
  • Notepad and pens/pencils
  • Above all - an open mind and a readiness to explore and experiment with new concepts and ideas . . .
What could I do next?

You can enrol on any other courses offered in the leisure programme, full details of which can be found in the College's directory of Part Time Courses.