Friday, 27 January 2012

OU Creative Writing update

Just thought I'd give an update on the Open University course I'm doing. The course description says:
By the end of the course you should be able to
  • Write fiction, poetry, life writing and drama with a mature and sophisticated style and a greater awareness of elements such as repetition and analogy.
  • Understand more fully the possible relationships between fiction, drama, life writing and poetry.
  • Carry out background research for your writing, including the use of information technology.
  • Empathise with characters and fully imagine and realise different eras and imaginative worlds in creating new work.
  • Understand how dramatic writing methods might be transferable to other genres, for instance, to improve and develop prose style and voice.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of dramatic writing, including knowledge of conventional layout for at least one medium.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of the strengths and limitations of writing for different dramatic media, and what might be needed to write dramatic adaptations of fiction or life writing.
  • Write with a greater awareness of formal constraints.
  • Exercise a disciplined practice including willingness to revise and redraft.
  • Present manuscripts and media scripts to a professional standard.
  • Give objective evaluations of your own and others’ work through constructive criticism.
  • Produce a piece of writing of substantial length which in its style, complexity and editorial awareness is drafted and redrafted to a high standard.
I'm really enjoying it so far, and the radio script writing was a lot of fun. The next assignment is to start planning a story which will comprise the end of course assignment. Must start thinking!

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