Start Writing Fiction

Patrick Wright, The Open University

Discover the rituals and approaches that successful fiction writers use

On this online course, established writers – including Louis de Bernières, Patricia Duncker, Alex Garland, Abdulrazak Gurnah, Tim Pears, Michèle Roberts and Monique Roffey – will talk about how they started writing.

You’ll consider the rituals of writing and keeping a journal; learn how to develop your ideas; reflect on your own writing and editing; hear writers talk about their approach to research; and start turning events into plot.

You’ll also have the opportunity to review the work of fellow writers and receive comments on your own, learning to read as a writer and respond to feedback.

This course is intended for those with an interest in starting to write fiction or improving their fiction writing, and does not require any previous experience of studying this subject.

Please be aware that participation in this course involves reviewing work posted by other learners. You may find some material used in these stories is of an adult nature (e.g. language, sex, violence) and although captured in context, may offend. Learners on this course are instructed to place warnings at the top of their work to indicate use of such content.

Recommended for learners age 16+.

Dates:
  • 4 October 2021
  • 5 July 2021
  • 19 April 2021
  • 11 January 2021
  • 5 October 2020
  • 13 July 2020
  • 20 April 2020
  • 6 January 2020
  • 9 September 2019
  • 18 February 2019
  • 3 September 2018
  • 5 March 2018
  • 25 September 2017
  • 24 April 2017
  • 9 January 2017
  • 3 October 2016
  • 4 April 2016
  • 18 January 2016
  • 12 October 2015
  • 27 April 2015
  • 27 October 2014
  • 28 April 2014
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  • Language: English Gb

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