WRITING FOR A YOUNGER AUDIENCE
This module begins with an overview of the field of children’s literature and defines the various age groups. Along with helping you identify which kind of children’s writing you are most interested in pursuing, you are introduced to the basic techniques and styles used to develop successful writing in this genre.
A NOVEL APPROACH
Most budding writers’ ambitions are to write a novel, and this module starts you in the right direction. Discover the different types of novels and various genres published today – including crime, horror, historical and sci-fi/fantasy. You are guided through the important components that create a successful novel, such as plots and sub-plots, the elements that make up the beginning, body and ending of a novel, and how to write a synopsis – the ultimate selling tool.
There is enormous scope for writing plays and playwrights who have achieved success maintain it is the best medium of all. This module reveals the different elements that comprise a play, such as the audience, plot, characterisation, and character entrances and exits. You learn about writing stage dialogue, the three-act and one-act play, and correct writing format.
OTHER WORLDS: WRITING FANTASY
Sci-fi/fantasy writing allows you to make use of your limitless imagination. This module explains the different sub-genres such space opera, horror, alternate worlds, fairy tales and magic realism. Discover the principles of world-building, systems of magic and science, myths and legends, themes, characters, settings, ideas, planning and the submission process.
The last module of Creative Writing II covers scriptwriting – writing for television and film. Learn the essential scriptwriting development techniques – premise, treatment, second draft and the shooting script. Understand the different types of mediums available within this genre, such as soapies, series, mini-series, telemovies, motion pictures and documentaries. And, finally, learn how to put your scriptwriting skills into practice.