Our Novel Writing Course can help free the writer in you!
Many people dream of writing fiction for a living, but only an elite handful succeed. This isn't necessarily because everyone else lacks the talent, but because the majority of aspiring writers lack the essential knowledge needed to craft their work to a professional, publishable standard. Like the perfect pitch for a composer, a talent for writing is only one important ingredient for your success as a novelist. In fact, it takes as much knowledge and persistence to arrange all the pieces of a novel into a harmonious whole as it does to translate the perfect pitch into a symphony.
Lifestyle Learning Direct’s Novel Writing course has all the ingredients to enable you to master the techniques of writing a novel that will not only satisfy the author, but the readers and publisher as well. During the course you will chart the entire process of bringing the popular genre novel – whether it’s mystery, science fiction, fantasy, romance or techno-thriller – into life.
Step-by-step, this course will walk you through the entire process of writing fiction, from the first spark of an idea to establishing a point of view, to developing your own style and polishing your final work. This course is ideal for anyone who has nursed a dream of one day writing a bestseller. Whether you wish to write for a career or recreationally, this course will take you where you want to go. It's time to fulfill your burning ambition and get that book you've always wanted to write, out of your head and on to the page.
By the end of your course you will have learned:
· to improve your writing skills so you can tell a better story with the correct structure and plot development
· to understand the various genres of novels and know how to tackle each one appropriately
· to create great story ideas
· where and how to research
· how to build pictures in your readers’ minds
· how to write an exciting beginning and a satisfying ending
· the mechanics of writing and marketing your work.
Whether you wish to write for a career or recreationally, this course will take you where you want to go. It's time to fulfil your burning ambition and get that novel you've always wanted to write out of your head and on to the page.
There are five (5) modules in this course, as follows:
MODULE 1: FICTION FUNDAMENTALS
Study the essentials of planning a novel, selecting and developing a theme and choosing settings for your novel. Learn where and how to begin, how to generate ideas and understand the different types of novels. In the first section of the course you learn how to write about what you know, how to develop and formulate plots, create characters and understand conflict.
MODULE 2: THE WAY TO CHARACTERISE
Visualise your characters, and understand their motives, actions and reactions. Are characters real people? Decide on names for your characters. Develop the role of the minor characters. Discover how to get characters to interact and how to collect mannerisms and habits. Understand how to develop the physical appearance and personality of your characters. Throughout this module you investigate characterisation and learn how to bring characters to life with dialogue, dialect and gesture, humour and the right direction.
MODULE 3: EMOTION, THEME AND VIEWPOINT
Explore the plot and sub-plots of your story. Discuss what the opening of your novel needs to make the reader read on and how to pick your story’s defining moment. A plot is event-driven. Learn how to interweave your story line and the plot to create a truly compelling novel. Also, you explore the key aspects that are often overlooked by novel writers – sincerity, sentiment and sentimentality, imagination and fancy. These should be integral components of your writing.
MODULE 4: DIALOGUE, ACTION AND STYLE
Making dialogue really work for you and your readers is an essential ingredient for making your characters truly believable. Seventy per cent of verbal communication is conveyed by tone and body language. In this module we give you the tools that make your characters speak out and make your dialogue really work.
MODULE 5: STRUCTURE, CHAPTERS AND PUBLISHING
In the final section of the course you bring all your new writing talents together, by preparing, revising and editing your manuscript ready for submission. You are shown how to present your novel and how to write to get the attention of editors and publishers.
ASSIGNMENTS 6, 7 & 8
These assignments have no accompanying modules and guide you through the final stages of writing your novel.
COURSE DURATION: Approximately 100 hours
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 is experienced in this subject and will provide valuable feedback on each assignment you submit.
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Don’t worry if you have never studied before; all your lessons are set out in easy-to-understand language, taking you step by step through the 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 the 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 the 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 : $308 inc GST
2nd payment : $308 inc GST
Total Cost : $616 inc GST