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Advanced creative writing develops your writing ability by widening your generic range and developing your knowledge of style. The module works on the forms introduced in the Level 2 module Creative writing (A215) – fiction, poetry and life writing – and supplements these with dramatic writing, showing you how to write for stage, radio and film. You’ll explore how these scriptwriting skills might enhance your prose style, improve your writing across the range of forms, and further develop your individual style and voice. The module offers guidance on professional layouts for the dramatic media, and is a natural progression from Creative writing (A215).

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£2632.00
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This course is expected to start for the last time in October 2019.

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What you will study

This module is structured in four parts. At the core of the module is a handbook that takes you week-by-week through methods, readings and writing exercises. This handbook covers the first three parts of the module. The fourth part is a period of independent study.

Part 1 of the module, Ways of Writing, looks at different approaches to writing. In particular it focuses on the influence of genre, contrast, research, revision and drama on writing style. Work includes readings and writing exercises in fiction, poetry, and life writing.

Part 2, Writing Drama, explores writing techniques for three dramatic media: stage, film and radio. It examines the conventional layouts and illustrates the narrative strengths and constraints of each medium. It will deal with dramatic principles connected to dialogue, subtext, status and exposition, as well as media-specific elements such as sets for the stage, aural contrast in radio and montage in film.

Part 3, Developing Style, looks at how some of the methods used in dramatic writing can improve fiction writing, life writing and poetry. For example, it looks at the connection between dramatic monologues and fictional narrators; it examines the connection between film techniques such as montage and the way fiction might be structured. This section goes on to explore writing approaches in wide-ranging fashion, covering poetic form, rhetoric and the use of analogy. You’ll focus on improving your writing style and voice in all genres.

Part 4, Independent Study, involves working on a larger project, culminating in the presentation of an end-of-module assessment comprising a substantial piece of creative writing in one of the forms taught in the module – fiction, poetry, life writing or drama.

As in Creative writing (A215), the emphasis is very much on practice through guided activities, although as the module progresses you will increasingly be expected to generate and develop your own ideas without reliance on the study materials. In comparison to the Level 2 module the emphasis will be on working independently to enhance and improve your writing style and voice. You will generate slightly fewer projects but these will be of more substantial length and you will spend longer developing, editing and redrafting your work. You will write a dramatic adaptation and explore the influence of drama on your work.

A DVD and audio CDs will provide you with excerpts from films, stage and radio plays as well as interviews with novelists, poets and scriptwriters. 

Online tutor-group forums will enable peer-group discussion of some of your work. You  will be expected to engage in these activities, giving impersonal and informed evaluations of your own and others’ work through constructive criticism. One of the TMAs involves writing a critique of the work of your peers, as posted on the online forum.

Entry

Advanced creative writing (A363) builds on the explicit skills taught in Creative writing (A215) and you will be expected to have successfully completed A215 or equivalent study before embarking on this module.

If you have any doubt about the suitability of the module, please contact our Student Registration & Enquiry Service.

Regulations

As a student of The Open University, you should be aware of the content of the Module Regulations and the Student Regulations which are available on our Essential documents website.

If you have a disability

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If you have particular study requirements please tell us as soon as possible, as some of our support services may take several weeks to arrange. Visit our Services for disabled students website for more information, including:

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  • equipment and other support services that we offer
  • examination arrangements
  • how to contact us for advice and support both before you register and while you are studying.

Study materials

What's included

Module book, study guide, audio CDs, DVD, online forums, website containing study planner, assessment materials, online exercises, audio recordings, further links and electronic versions of the study materials.

You will need

Audio CD player, DVD player

Computing requirements

You will need a computer with internet access to study this course as it includes online activities, which you can access using a web browser.

  • If you have purchased a new desktop or laptop computer since 2007 you should have no problems completing the online activities.
  • If you’ve got a netbook, tablet or other mobile computing device check our Technical requirements section.
  • If you use an Apple Mac you will need OS X 10.6 or later.

You can also visit the Technical requirements section for further computing information including the details of the support we provide.

Teaching and assessment

Support from your tutor

You will have a tutor who will help you with the study material and mark and comment on your written work, and whom you can ask for advice and guidance both via online forum and by telephone or email. There will be two face-to-face tutorials that you are encouraged, but not obliged, to attend. Teaching will also be via an online forum.  Contact our Student Registration & Enquiry Service if you want to know more about study with The Open University before you register.

Assessment

The assessment details for this module can be found in the facts box above.

You will be expected to submit your tutor-marked assignments (TMAs) online through the eTMA system unless there are some difficulties which prevent you from doing so. In these circumstances, you must negotiate with your tutor to get their agreement to submit your assignment on paper.

The end-of-module assessment (EMA) must be submitted online.

Future availability

The details given here are for the module that starts in October 2014. We expect it to be available once a year.

How to register

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Course facts
About this course:
Course code A363
Credits 60
OU Level 3
SCQF level 10
FHEQ level 6
Course work includes:
6 Tutor-marked assignments (TMAs)
End-of-module assessment
No residential school

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