Fiction Writing and Self Publishing

OSC160

This course bundle combines our Level 3 Certification in Fiction Writing with a similar grounding in the methods and self-management techniques required to self-publish your work successfully and profitably. Better still, it is designed to fit around your existing work, school or writing schedule in the comfort of your home.

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About This Course

What if you could learn how to improve your fiction writing skills; create page-turning plotlines and also gain the inside scoop on how to publish your own work- would you take it?
Our Fiction Writing and Self-Publishing course has been uniquely designed with this exact purpose.

In one exclusive course bundle, you will gain access to all the tools you could ever need to help get your stories noticed, but more importantly, you will learn how to bring structure to your creativity and ideas.

This course covers everything! From exploring new methods for creating characters, to showing you how to develop your settings and ensure authentic dialogues and monologues; by the end of this course you will have acquired a strong foundation of skills that will ensure every piece you create is hard to put down.

In addition, you will also be shown the benefits of self-publishing and how to get your book ready for this stage. From understanding the book production process, to learning the best techniques for marketing and distribution; in just two whole years you will ready to unleash your imagination and creativity onto the world.

And the good news is – you can achieve all of this from the comfort of your own home!

There is no need to attend classes or workshops! Instead, you can study this enlightening course on your own terms and at your own pace, and easily fit it around your current work commitments. We will even send you all of the course materials straight to your home or inbox, meaning you can start whenever you are ready.

Course Benefits

Split into 6 units – and a short course in self-publishing – every element of this course is designed to help you achieve your dreams of becoming a successful fiction writer. From putting pen to paper, to getting your book on the shelves; this course covers the entire writing and publication process so you will feel fully prepared in your ambition to self-publish on the World Wide Web.

At the same time, this course will give ample opportunities to test out your newly acquired skills, as you are asked to demonstrate character development and dialogue within your writing projects.

This course will:

  • Talk you through the various stages of the writing, publishing and marketing.
  • Allow you to achieve a healthy work-study balance, meaning you can write when, where and how you want free of deadlines and pressure.
  • Provide you with the perfect stepping stones to becoming the author you want to be.
  • Help you to understand and recognise what resources are needed to get started.
  • Improve your writing style, dialogues and novel structure.

Units

Fictional Writing Level 3
Unit 1: Getting Started
Compose a short piece of autobiographical writing
Explain why, where and how you like to write, and describe your writing voice
Develop a character using some of your own characteristics
Develop a piece of fiction using your character

Unit 2: Creation of character and setting
Create a character sketch
Create a description of setting from memory demonstrating use of the five senses
Demonstrate original fiction writing that presents character and setting
Produce a 200 word plan of a larger piece of work developing your character and/or setting

Unit 3: Dialogue and Monologue
Critically evaluate the techniques used in monologue and dialogue through analysis of examples
Produce a critical evaluation of a monologue
Demonstrate the use of dialogue
Demonstrate the use of monologue form

Unit 4: Showing, not telling, and creation of character emotions
Recognise and demonstrate the use of figurative language
Demonstrate skills of showing, not telling, in writing
Demonstrate an ability to show character emotion
Produce an original example of fiction demonstrating the use of ‘showing not telling’ skills, character emotion and figurative language

Unit 5: Genre writing and devising a plot
Identify your favourite genre and outline the features present
Make a plan that incorporates development of plot
Produce an original piece of writing in a chosen genre
Produce a commentary on the genre specific feature of your writing

Unit 6: Piecing it all together – synoptic project
Produce an extended piece of original fiction
Write a synopsis of your idea and how the work will develop
Write a review of your own writing
Produce a development plan detailing the next steps in your writing

Self-Publishing – Short course

  • Why self-publish?
  • Getting your book ready
  • Production
  • Distribution
  • Marketing and sales
  • Resources

Assessment

This course is assessed using a series of written assignments that are designed to test your syllabus knowledge and their application within your own writing projects. These will need to be submitted to your tutor – via mail or by email – for marking; whereupon they will then supply you with helpful tips and feedback which can be used to boost your grades.

No external examinations are required.

Required Knowledge

No prior knowledge or experience in writing or publication is required in order to enrol onto this course; only a love for writing and bringing characters to life. You may however, need to conduct your own further reading and research.

Awarding Body

At the end of this course successful learners will receive a Certificate of Achievement from ABC Awards and Certa Awards and a Learner Unit Summary (which lists the components the learner has completed as part of the course).

The course has been endorsed under the ABC Awards and Certa Awards Quality Licence Scheme. This means that OSC has undergone an external quality check to ensure that the organisation and the courses it offers, meet defined quality criteria. The completion of this course alone does not lead to a regulated qualification* but may be used as evidence of knowledge and skills gained. The Learner Unit Summary may be used as evidence towards Recognition of Prior Learning if you wish to progress your studies in this subject. To this end the learning outcomes of the course have been benchmarked at Level 3 against level descriptors published by Ofqual, to indicate the depth of study and level of demand/complexity involved in successful completion by the learner.

The course itself has been designed by OSC to meet specific learners’ and/or employers’ requirements which cannot be satisfied through current regulated qualifications.

ABC Awards & Certa Awards endorsement involves robust and rigorous quality audits by external auditors to ensure quality is continually met. A review of courses is carried out as part of the endorsement process.

ABC Awards and Certa Awards have long-established reputations for providing high quality vocational qualifications across a wide range of industries. ABC Awards and Certa Awards combine over 180 years of expertise combined with a responsive, flexible and innovative approach to the needs of our customers.

Renowned for excellent customer service, and quality standards, ABC Awards and Certa Awards also offer regulated qualifications for all ages and abilities post-14; all are developed with the support of relevant stakeholders to ensure that they meet the needs and standards of employers across the UK.

*Regulated qualification refers to those qualifications that are regulated by Ofqual / CCEA / Qualification Wales

Support

We may specialise in the provision of distance learning courses; however, at no point on your learning journey will you feel alone. From day one you will receive your own personal tutor and the assistance of our student support team who will always be on hand to lend you their advice and expertise.

Our personal tutors are built of industry experts, who can take their experiences in this field to help you maximise your potential and improve your writing style as they feedback on your written assignments.

Our student support team are similarly only one click away, so whether you need help understanding your course materials or have an urgent question; they’ll readily answer your queries and never leave you waiting.

Frequently Asked Questions

This is a question that our team are often asked, there are many reasons but here are the main reasons to choose Association of Learning:

  • No hidden charges, the price you see includes everything, from VAT, tutoring to certification
  • Our average tutor marking time is 3 working days (most providers are 10+)
  • We are rated 5/5 for our service on Trustpilot!
  • Our courses are up to date. Many providers create course content and fail to keep it up to date.
  • We are open later than any other home learning provider
  • As many submissions as you need to complete, many providers cap how many times you can submit work
  • All courses are fully endorsed by external awarding organisations
  • 14 day money back guarantee or course switch.

If you need any more reasons to choose Association of Learning, contact our team!


All students are provided with 12 months to complete their course, however you are able to complete at a faster pace without any additional costs. Some of our students have managed to complete in as little as 3 months!


This is a fully endorsed qualification, with certification provided by an Ofqual regulated awarding body.


There are two payment options, pay in full for your course or monthly. Our monthly payment option allows you to spread the cost of your course over a 10 month period.

If you choose to pay using a payment plan, to apply you must be able to answer yes to the following:

  • Your billing address is based in the UK
  • You have a UK based bank account
  • Bill payer must be 18 or above.

No, this course is assignment based, which means you will not have to complete any exams. If your assignment doesn’t pass first time, you can retry as many times as you need within your 12 months support period.


No, all of our courses are distance learning which means your tutor will mark your work and send it back to you via email or by using our online portal.


Unlike other providers, Association of Learning use a fast-track system to get your certificate to you within six weeks (our average is two weeks).

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