Technology Course


Course Type: Certification | Study Mode: Full-Time
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Course Detail

Units of study
The first unit of the course discusses mastering the skill of writing through willingness to have a go, keeping at it and lots of practice.
Developing you the writer
This section offers ideas and techniques on how to create a writing environment and establish writing routines, how to plan and prepare for writing, tips for avoiding procrastination and how to believe in yourself as a writer. It discusses the benefits of becoming involved in a wider network of writers.
Writing for children
This section of the course deals with the importance of understanding modern children and what they like to read. It gives information on the reading interests and abilities of different age groups, on subjects to be avoided in childrens books and on potential markets for the childrens writer.
Creating convincing characters
This unit looks at different ways to create interesting, well-rounded characters and techniques for revealing character details which show rather than tell the reader. It suggests ways to use questions to prompt ideas and discusses the importance of character conflict.
Plotting and structure
The fifth section of the course gives an overview of some of the theories relating to story structure and a detailed description of each segment of the heros journey. There is also the opportunity to plan a story following this format.
Writing effective openings
This part of the course deals with tips and techniques for writing story openings which grab the readers attention, how to include the storys theme into the opening and how and when to establish the point of view the story is being told from. Getting the right level of description is also discussed, along with what can happen if you get it wrong.
The bit in the middle
The seventh unit gives an overview of the use of dialogue and other language features, how to make writing as sharp and effective as it can be, the importance of answering and raising reader questions as the story progresses and the necessity of revisiting the storys theme at regular intervals.
This section shares information on how to craft a satisfying ending which young readers will enjoy. It discusses aspects such as resolving the storys main conflict, returning one last time to the story theme and shares some story-ending dos and don'ts.
Editing and publishing your writing
This unit discusses the importance of editing work to be the best it can be, how to format and submit work and send it to publishers and agents, and how to cope with rejection so you can get your work back out there. It discusses the increasingly popular option of self-publishing and touches on the realities of earning a living as a writer.
Reading as a writer
This section of the course explains why, as a writer, you should read other writers books and suggests things to look out for which will help you develop your own writing.The course also includes a section of resource material to help guide you with your writing.