Getting Started: Beginners' Fiction

Starting out | Fiction
Everything you need to call yourself a writer – discipline, craft skills and a great group of people to work with – in one online writing course experience

(Looking for something more advanced? Try Writing A Novel: The First 15,000)

You want to write. Start here

8 weeks of learning and support to get you writing;
Flexibility and rigour in a specially-designed learning environment;
Get the answer to the all-important question: "Can I write?"

Take your work to the next level: in just a few weeks, go from a curious scribbler to a disciplined writer.

Getting Started: Writing Fiction | Online is a self-paced online writing course, teaching you to:
Read like a writer;
Behave like a writer – develop good habits;
Get inspired – then turn your ideas into stories;
Engage readers, and learn from them, too;
Improve and improve, with structured weekly peer feedback.

It is made up of seven weekly 'sessions' – a mix of exercises to complete, prompts, info sheets and stimulus texts, plus a unique forum for that session's discussion, where you can upload your work for feedback from your fellow students. This will be followed by a longer period to complete and submit one or more pieces of fiction totalling 3,000 words.

You have total freedom – you don't have to be anywhere at a particular time, nor complete any exercise to any deadline, except within the week-long duration of the session. When your session opens on the date below, that's when you can first gain access to the course materials – and feedback forums – that make up that week's activities. You will need to commit at least 10-12 hours a week to the course.

During sessions, you will be in constant contact with your fellow writers via private chatrooms and forums. After the course, you will have the chance to access these forums, for smart, informed discussion about your work and the work of others.

By the end of the course you will:
Gain an understanding of all the important elements and techniques of storytelling;
Assess your abilities & interest in writing fiction in a friendly environment of peers;
Receive constructive & rigorous feedback on your writing, so that you can measure your improvement.

This course is a useful foundation for those who wish to take the longer, more intensive Faber Academy Writing a Novel course.

At the end of the course, you will, for a fee, have the option to submit your work for detailed feedback and advice on how to improve further, which will be provided in the form of a written report.

For more information on what to expect from the course and your tutor, including details of our peer critique model, click here.

Please note: you must be over 18 to take this course.
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Week 1

Becoming a Writer – how writers work and how to develop creativity and discipline.

Week 2

Point of View - who's telling the story?

Week 3

Character - the importance of characters in fiction, where they come from, and making them believable.

Week 4

Setting - where your story takes place and why it's important.

Week 5

How Time works in fiction - techniques to vary the pace of your story.

Week 6

Structure - fitting the elements of your story together.

Week 7 (2 weeks to allow for writing time)

Independent Writing Time, with full access to chat rooms and forums to share work and feed back ad hoc

[Optional] After The End Of Your Course – detailed written report on your work (additional fee applies)

Alumni area opens on course end date to continue to work on your writing in your group and with previous Faber Academy online students.

2019-09-23
2019-11-17
Online
online
Fiction
23rd September 2019 - 17th November 2019

Availability: In stock

£300.00
20 Places

Tutor

Helen has been teaching writing for more than 25 years. She has written and delivered courses from evening classes for recreational writers to Mast...

"There's no point staring at a blank page waiting for inspiration to strike - to get your creative muscles working you need to start writing, reviewing and sharing your work."

Helen Shipman