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Fiction Skills: Setting

Learn how to create unforgettable story worlds that a reader can immerse themselves in – and how other writers use setting to transform their fiction.

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Improving

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Location

Online

Length

1-4 weeks
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Transport your reader to fictional worlds that jump from the page

A good book has a great sense of place, creating a story world so vivid we can lose ourselves in it. Well-described settings bring invaluable atmosphere to any story – and when they're at their most effective, it can feel as though another character has been added to the narrative.

This four-week course guides you through key techniques for building convincing story worlds, and explores how different writers use location to bring their characters and stories to life.

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 plot, but are struggling to build the fictional settings to really get the most out of them.

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 8 November – 22 November

Sense of Place

Session 2

22 November – 5 December

Developing your story world

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Course Programme

Fiction Skills: Setting

Session 1

Monday 8 November – 22 November

Sense of Place

In the opening session we'll look at some of the main techniques that writers use in creating captivating description and a strong sense of place. We'll study various novelists who are particularly strong at these skills, and try a number of exercises to practise your own skills here. We'll then look at how description can be used in different ways in your novel beyond setting the scene: in showing character, in creating atmosphere and in developing plot.

Session 2

22 November – 5 December

Developing your story world

In the second session, we'll look at how writers in different genres use these descriptive skills in building their story worlds. We'll begin by looking at 'real worlds' and the difference between writing setting from experience and from research. We'll then look at historical settings and how these can be developed. Thirdly, we'll look at more fantastical and futuristic settings, and how these rely on a mixture of imagination and reality. Finally, we'll work on a longer written piece to reinforce the different skills learned over the course. 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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