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Fiction Skills: Plot

Create storylines that keep readers turning those pages in this self-paced online course.

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Improving

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Online

Length

1-4 weeks
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Find a story to tell and the perfect way to tell it

Nothing beats the pull of a book that keeps you up into the small hours, turning the pages to find out what happens next. But how do you craft tales that make your readers miss their train stop? This four-week course introduces you to some of the secrets of storytelling: how to draw readers in, keep them hooked and leave them feeling satisfied. It explores key plotting techniques and shows you how to lay the foundations for your own compelling narratives.

Is this the right course for me?

This course is part of our online Fiction Skills series, designed for writers looking to finesse technical aspects of their fiction writing. You don't need to be an experienced writer, but if you're a complete beginner looking for an introduction to creative writing, it might be better to start with one of our starting out courses. This one is ideal if you've got lots of ideas for characters and fictional worlds, but need some help building the spine of the story that will take them from first page to last.

Over two fortnight-long sessions, you'll work through guided reading, practical exercises and creative writing prompts. You'll have video introductions to the topics covered from your tutor, and instructions and tips on how to craft a satisfying story.

You'll be joined by a supportive group of fellow writers to read, discuss and feedback on your work, and we'll host forum discussions about hooking and keeping your readers engaged with your setting. We'll give you guidance on how to turn a sharp lens on your creative work and become a better editor of your writing, as well as honing those skills giving feedback to your classmates.

You'll have a special Q&A forum to keep in touch with and post your critical writing questions for your tutor during the four weeks. And at the end of the course, you'll find carefully curated additional reading and resources so you can take your interests further, as well as the opportunity to produce a piece of writing of up to 2,000 words based on one of the exercises you've worked on during the course.

    The course consists of two fortnight-long sessions, which you work through progressively with a small group of peers, your tutor and a moderator. There’s no need to log on at a certain time each week – as long as you complete the set assignments and peer feedback by the end of each session, you can work at any time of the day or night.

Course Programme

Session 1

Monday 11 October – 25 October

What stories are all about

Session 2

25 October – 7 November

Putting your plot together

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Course Programme

Fiction Skills: Plot

Session 1

Monday 11 October – 25 October

What stories are all about

This first session will explore why we tell stories and the fundamental building blocks on which all stories and narratives are built. It also explores where stories come from, and how writers turn their original ideas into compelling narratives.

Session 2

25 October – 7 November

Putting your plot together

The second session will look at plot development: the different ways it's possible to structure plots, and the arguments for and against plotting before writing. This session will also look at various elements a compelling plot should contain and the relationship between the end and beginning of a story in its set up. You will post your final piece to the forum for comment from your peers.

Tutor

tutor-4-min

Tom Bromley

Tom Bromley

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