We can free the writer in YOU!
Want to be a writer but don’t know how or where to start? Our Comprehensive Writing course can help free the writer in you! Word for word, line for line, our team of skilled tutors will help you master the basics of good writing – the kind of clear, strong writing today’s publishers pay well for and readers love to read.
Whether you have experimented with writing in the past, or have only dreamed of putting pen to paper, our course offers concrete advice and personal support to improve your work – whether it’s writing for pleasure or profit. This course also caters for students who are unclear about the areas of writing they wish to pursue.
With the help and guidance from our proven teaching methods, you, too, could experience publishing success, like many of our current and past students. Throughout the 15 modules you will learn how to write, and also how to market your material to give you the best possible chance of publication. From writing saleable articles, novels and scripts to characterisation and writing good dialogue, we teach you the skills you need to successfully achieve your writing ambition.
There are fifteen (15) modules, as follows:
MODULE 1: SALEABLE ARTICLES
In today’s media, there’s a good market for non-fiction articles. Learn how to find ideas and locate potential markets. Article structure is important and your work needs a clearly-defined beginning, body and ending. Then, there’s the art of putting it all together; editors expect you to understand the basics of correct manuscript presentation.
MODULE 2: THE RIGHT WAY TO PLOT
Discover how to find clever plot ideas for fiction (especially short stories). Again, plot structure is important. Proper plot planning will keep your story going, and analysing published work will give you a first-hand look at how the experts produce saleable stories. You’ll need lots of writing disciple to succeed, so get ready to “knuckle down”.
MODULE 3: MORE ON SALEABLE ARTICLES
Here’s more guidance and tips on writing non-fiction articles. Learn how to research and structure your work. Eye-catching headlines sell, so learn how to create memorable combinations of words. Good punctuation is vital, so we include a handy brush-up section.
MODULE 4: ESSENTIAL FICTION
The art to starting fiction is to capture your readers’ attention from your very first words, and your own unique writing technique sets your own style. This module deals with scene setting and establishing key and minor characters. The mood of your story and the relationships between characters are all integral parts of your work.
MODULE 5: DIALOGUE
Dialogue can be used for many purposes, such as defining characters, advancing the plot, and creating drama, mood and character. The personality of your characters can also be demonstrated through speech. For a professional effect, learn the correct use of apostrophes and dialogue punctuation.
MODULE 6: THE WAY TO CHARACTERISE
There are lots of tips when it comes to creating memorable fictional characters. We show you how to avoid stereotypes, and the way names and appearances can be used for effect. Give your characters personalities and make them unforgettable. How and when you introduce your characters is also vitally important
MODULE 7: MORE ON CHARACTERISATION
This module covers advanced characterisation, such as developing characters’ emotions and traits, and character motivation and consistency. There’s a section on how heroes, heroines and villains can be used for good effect, and you’ll learn the importance of non-fiction characterisation.
MODULE 8: SELLING SHORT STORIES
Your success in selling your short stories may depend on researching suitable markets. We’ll show you some writing taboos and examine the types of publications you might like to write for.
MODULE 9 – WRITING JUVENILE FICTION
When writing for children, there are several distinct reader age groups. Speech, characterisation and style are some of the main ingredients that will make your work appeal to children. Analyse the markets for children’s books.
MODULE 10: NON-FICTION WRITING
Ideas for non-fiction articles come from a variety of sources, and there are many types of publications you could write for, depending on your interests and talents. We take a look at travelogues, instruction manuals and holiday guides, as well as autobiographies and biographies. You’ll also learn about the components of a non-fiction book.
MODULE 11: WRITING THE NOVEL
There are many different genres of novels, and they all require different approaches when it comes to workable plots. We look at the beginning, body and ending, and how it all comes together.
MODULE 12: WRITING THE PLAY
Play writing is a specialised form of writing, and in this module you’ll study plot planning and characterisation, entrances and exits, as well as beginnings and endings. Stage dialogue differs from everyday speech, and you’ll learn how to use it to good effect. There are playwriting tips and a look at one-act and three-act plays.
MODULE 13: WRITING SCI-FI/FANTASY
There are several types of science-fiction and fantasy; however, they all depend on professional world-building for the best results and credibility. Magic, science and original settings can be used for good effect. Learn how to create your own myths and legends. Plots, ideas and planning are all important, and we’ll tell you about the submission process.
MODULE 14: WRITING FOR FILM AND TELEVISION
Never before has there been such a demand for writing for film and television. In this module we study script development, and how to construct a premise, treatment and second draft. We take a look at soapies – their settings and locations – series, mini-series and telemovies, motion pictures and documentaries.
MODULE 15: HOW TO WRITE FOR PLEASURE AND PROFIT
This module concentrates on the “nitty-gritty” of writing: how to develop style and imagination, background and scene setting, and various literary devices and writing faults. We show you sources for reliable reference, discuss agents and the editing process, as well as self-publishing and promotion.
The last five assignments (16–20) of your course give you the opportunity to add polish to what you have already learned so you can present the best possible work for publication. By the time you complete your course, you should be well into your stride as a fully-fledged writer.
This course is also available in regular mail correspondence and CD-ROM formats – click here for more details.
Even though you are studying at a time and place convenient for you, you still benefit from expert guidance and tuition. Your tutor for this course is a published writer who will provide valuable feedback on each assignment you submit.
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Don’t worry if you have never studied before; all the lessons are set out in easy-to-understand language, taking you step by step through your course. If you need additional assistance, simply contact Student Services and help will never be far away.
STUDYING ONLINE IS SIMPLE
With online training you have the advantage of being able to study anywhere that you have access to a computer and the Internet. All your lessons are available on our website for you to view as you need them, or you can save them to your computer and print them so you can take them with you wherever you go.
Once you are comfortable that you understand everything contained in each lesson, simply complete your assignment and upload it to the website for your tutor to mark. Once your tutor has marked your assignment you will receive an email notifying you that it is ready for collection.
Part Payments Available
Initial deposit : $463 inc GST
2nd payment : $463 inc GST
Total Cost : $926 inc GST