This is about understanding the blurring of boundaries between biography and fiction and how you can use a lot of techniques to explore human emotions and tell engaging stories. Morning Pages involved waking up earlier than usual groan , and the first action before brushing teeth, going to the toilet, stretching arms above head, or any of those waking-up actions, was to grab the notebook and start freewriting. If you are dithering about A, stop it and sign up. The module is structured around five parts. He agreed to publish my book. I enjoy writing fiction the most, but I struggled with this because the word count was so tight, my stories tend to come out times longer than this.

On the course, we were not asked to research self-publishing, however I suspected we should try to learn something about this rapidly changing area. He was wonderfully encouraging but also sharp in his criticism. There was, however, no overt organising principle. As well doing some study for its own sake I am hoping that the course will give me insight into other writing fields and encourage me to venture beyond my personal ‘comfort zone’. The joy about this sort of enterprise is that it can go in any direction we like. The centenary of the Easter Rising is being commemorated throughout the year, but March and April are the zenith of the celebrations so Lia was the perfect choice. Thank you so much everyone and especially Cathy and Graeme for sharing your experiences of A

Posted by Chris Stovell at To be fair though, there can also be a few wwriting. On holiday in Northern Ireland inshe and her older sister discover their family is involved with disappearances and murder.


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This is an OU level 2 module and builds on the OU level 1 modules Discovering the arts and humanities Aor The arts past and present AA now discontinuedand Voices, texts and material culture A You get just a few hundred words to talk about how the piece developed, choices you made, and so on.

Hi Cathy, thank you, your feedback really helps. Creative writing starts once a year — in October.

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She cannot remember anything about her life. July 27, at 5: As Graeme said, those of us left out in the cold managed to band together to critique one another, so all was not lost.

I also didn’t feel a connection with my tutor – my tutor seemed to ‘pick’ at the tiniest of details, maybe that writinng a good thing? I enjoyed this course more than I thought that I would.

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Students from other tutor groups, however, set up their own discussion forums and there was one, with about 5 really active members, which suited me.

Alongside the poems involving places, there were recurrent themes. See the satisfaction survey results for this course. Social media is all important. No ideas at that point for that one. Basically, what Cathy said. I believe to gain the really good marks it would be very beneficial to have studied another literacy module first to gain a greater understanding than I have of the written word, you also need a great deal of natural talent and a good vocabulary.

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Invariably, the bit you cut out so that it is the right length is the bit your tutor will wonder why didn’t mention. Part of me wishes that I could change from a business degree to English. You are commenting using your Twitter account.


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A desktop or laptop computer with either: Top Module satisfaction survey. Generally it’s highly recommended.

Anyway, See What I Mean? To send us reviews on modules you have studied with us, please click the sign in button below. Again there are some suggestions and prompts but you have a free choice. But it should be noted that it is quite hard to get really good marks, the subject matter and the result of the assignments is fairly subjective.

I made the condemned man into a more complex character and created the character of the prison chaplain to give a view point which could move in and out of the prison. Some times it is necessary to alter your work to ensure that you are covering the devices and skills that the material wants you to demonstrate, but it’s always going to be like that when you’re studying something creative academically.

Hmmm – everyone says it’s addictive Part 4, Life Writinglooks at biography and autobiography. It’s all part and parcel of learning to become a creative writer. I will probably go on to do the level 3 advanced creative writing course. It’s probably not the right time to point this out, but it might be helpful for other people: Another was too short and lacked some dramatic tension possibly because of the situation rather than its length.