Creative Writing Distance Learning CourseWJ103

Are you interested in creative writing? This course covers autobiography, short stories, and novels. It also looks at the different types of genre as well as looking at the younger reader. There is a section on Poetry and non fiction, covering articles and reviews. This course is ideal for anyone that wants to be involved in writing and provides an introduction to all forms.

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Course Info

Distance Learning Support


At Start Learning we pride ourselves on our friendly and supportive tutors. Your tutor support will start as soon as you receive your course and will be valid for 12 months. All our tutors are highly qualified with extensive experience in supporting distance learning students. You contact your tutor via email and they are responsible for marking assignments answering your questions and guiding you through the course.

Home Study Entry Requirements


At Start Learning we believe that everyone should have the opportunity to expand their knowledge and study further, so we try to keep our entry requirements to a minimum. 

Recommended Hours of Study


We recommended you spend approximately 110 hours of your time studying for the Creative Writing course. The pace of study is completely up to you. To give an example, if you dedicate 2 hours a week to the course it would take you a year to complete but if you could spare 4 hours a week you could complete it in six months.

Course Contents


The course is divided up into 10 units, these are as follows:

Unit 1: Autobiography
Diaries and journals
Letters and letter writing

Unit 2: Short Stories
Developing an idea
Preparing an outline
Openings, conflict, characters and dialogue
Viewpoints: first or third person?

Unit 3: Novels
Read before, during and after writing
Looking at published novels
Novels: what other writers say

Unit 4: Younger Readers
Using your memory
Starting a story
Poetry for younger readers

Unit 5: Genre
Gothic horror
Science Fiction
Magical Realism

Unit 6: Play writing
Act 1 scene 1

Unit 7: Poetry
Miniature observations
Spells and spells
Word pictures
I see a voice

Unit 8: Non-fiction
Types of non-fiction writing
Travel writing

Unit 9: Articles
Types of article
Styles of article
Finding and recording facts
Going public

Unit 10: Reviews
Everyone is a critic
Book reviews
Getting your enthusiasm across
Points of view
Consumer reviews

Payment Plan


Full Price is £295

6 Monthly Installments of £49.17

The first installment is paid at time of enrolment with a fee for postage and packaging.

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Upon successful completion of this course, you will receive a Start Learning certificate in Creative Writing.

Examination Centre


There is no exam as such, although you will be required to complete a series of 11 tutor marked assignments. There is no word count for these assignments although you do have to prove to your tutor that you have fully understood the questions asked.

Language of Course




Q: How do I send in my work?
A: You can post or email your assignments for marking. It is best to send your assignments one at a time so the tutor can mark one and give you the feedback.

Q: If I fail an assignment can I retake it?
A: Yes, your tutor will ask you to resubmit your assignment and give you some pointers as to where you could improve.

Q: What do I receive once I order the course?
A: We will send you ALL the course materials. You can start your studies straight away.

Q: Is there a time limit or any deadlines?
A: We do like you to complete the course within 12 months but we can extend this if you check with your tutor. If you allow 100 study hours, this will give you a good guide. There are no deadlines to meet.

Q: Is there a word count for my assignments?
A: No, there is no specific word count but you have to prove to the tutor that you have fully understood the questions. One sentence answers will not be accepted. Your tutor will send them back to you and ask you to re-do them.

Q: What if I don’t like the course? Can I send it back?
A: Yes, if you are not happy with the course and feel it is not for you, you can return it within 7 days as per the terms and conditions on our web site

Q: Is this course paper-based or on a CD Rom?
A: All our courses are paper based and come in attractive folders.