Everyone has a story to tell. All you have to do is write it. But it's not that easy.

So said Frank McCourt.

Starting your novel can be daunting. If you have an ambition to write your own novel, but don’t know how or where to start, this course will show you the way.

You’ll lay the groundwork for a major project, so that you will be ready to pen the first draft. You’ll cover which genre to set the novel in, the language and style that best fits your own voice and the genre you’ve chosen. It could be a romance, comedy, historical, sci-fi, fantasy, or blur the lines and mix several together.

Not forgetting the research that goes into setting the outline of your novel, you’ll flesh out key plot points to shape the direction of your writing. You’ll set in place the characters for your story, and use these to develop your descriptive writing, and dialogue between characters. You’ll look at writing from different points of view, including your protagonists and antagonists.

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Using your plot as the start point, you’ll build the world around it, setting the scene through description. Then you’ll think of how to tell the story, through a narrative arc, or through several acts. These choices will encourage you to consider the pace of the novel and how to create a ‘page-turner’.

At the end of the course you’ll have everything fleshed out, ready to put pen to paper. So start your novel today.

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You’ll learn with guidance from one of our fabulous tutors, click below to see the team.

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Please note as of 21/07/2022 we will cease processing enrolments for the 2021/22 academic year. Enrolments will be open as usual from 01/08/2022. If you have already submitted an enrolment form prior to 21/07/2022 with a start date on or before 29/07/2022, and your funding is in place, you will still be eligible for the 2021/22 course fees.

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