Creative writing is one of the most enjoyable past-times and whether you are writing just for enjoyment or because you want to make it a career, this course will help you to explore your writing and find ways to improve it. The course includes writing exercises and assignments that you will submit to your tutor.
The first module will help you look at your writing and experiences of writing. The idea is to explore your motivation and identify your aims for the course. You will use this exploration to create a written piece that will give your tutor an idea of who you are and what sort of writer you are.
Module two will explore different types of texts and different genres. An understanding of different types of texts and genres will help you to make informed choices about your own writing. Most professional writers will tell you that they have a passion for reading and this module will ask you to explore your own reading habits and make critical readings of texts to understand why you like or dislike them.
The next module looks at starting to write. It has tips on how to start, how to choose what to write and generate ideas for writing. It also covers writing style, how to write dialogue and how to create characters.
Modules 4 to 11 each look at a different form of writing, covering short stories, poetry, longer texts, novels, life writing, writing for younger readers, non-fiction and scriptwriting. Each module will look at examples and at ideas and techniques for generating written pieces. Each module will also include exercises so you can try out some of the different types of writing and genres.
The last three modules explore the processes that surround creative writing and what it means to be a writer. Module 12 looks at the editorial process and why it is so important as well as at how you can edit your own writing and learn from editing and feedback. Module 13 looks at publication and how you might move towards achieving this if this is your aim.
Finally, module 14 considers what it means to be a writer and how you continue in your writing when you have finished your course. You have taken an important step by choosing to take a creative writing course. It shows you are serious about your writing. But it is only a beginning – your writing will be a lifetime commitment!
Whether you intend to do proofreading on a professional basis or simply wish to improve your knowledge, this Level 4 Proofreading Diploma course will allow you to earn a valuable certification, based in part on assignments that you will be required to complete.
There are eight chapters in total within the Proofreading Diploma course, each containing instructional material as well as assignments. You will also be assigned a tutor, who will provide remote assistance with any queries you may have regarding the Proofreading Diploma course and who will correct the assignments you complete.
Chapter 1 addresses the distinction between copy-editors and proofreaders. It also provides an introduction to the symbols used when marking hard copy and the procedures followed when marking electronic copy.
Chapters 2, 3 and 4 offer a review of basic grammar. You will learn reliable means of identifying the basic parts of speech and will also learn how to resolve common grammatical problems. Chapter 2 covers nouns and pronouns, Chapter 3 covers verbs and other parts of speech, and Chapter 4 looks at clauses and sentences.
Punctuation is the topic of Chapter 5, which covers use of the apostrophe, comma, semicolon, quotation mark, and other well-recognised forms of punctuation.
Chapters 6 addresses common problems that the proofreader is likely to encounter with regard to the choice of vocabulary and ends with a comparison of differing practices in British and American English.
Chapter 7 follows with a discussion of common problems that occur at the phrase or clause level, including the split infinitive, and offers advice for resolution of these problems.
In Chapter 8, the function of a style sheet is explained and you are given practice in developing this handy aid. This chapter also addresses page layout and other formatting issues that affect the look of an entire text. Finally, the Conclusion offers some helpful tips for keeping you up to date in an ever-changing environment and lists recommended sources for the further development of your skills.
The Proofreading Diploma course materials also include Appendix I, a glossary of grammatical terms; Appendix II, a list of standard symbols used in proofreading; and a Bibliography listing helpful references, including relevant websites.
Our aim is to provide you with the best deal available when purchasing the Creative Writing and Proofreading Diploma course, therefore registration fee, certification fee and full tutor support is included in the course price for you.
Previous Knowledge Required
The good news is that no prior learning knowledge or experience is essential to take this course. This course is openly available to anyone wishing to learn more about Creative Writing and Proofreading and would like to take part in a highly rewarding home study course. You have the freedom to start the course at any time and continue your studies at your own pace for a period of up to 12 months from initial registration with full tutor support.
You will receive the course manual, assignments and study guide plus tutor support by mail and email. Our student support team are also available for any other queries that you may have whilst completing your course. You can be assured that unlimited support for one year is available for your home study course, so there is no need to struggle or feel isolated during your studies.
Completing a series of tutor marked assignments will lead you to the highly acclaimed Level 3 Diploma in Creative Writing and Proofreading.
This course has been accredited under NCFE IIQ Licence by NCC Resources Limited which has been approved as an NCFE Investing in Quality (IIQ) centre to give formal recognition to courses. At the end of this course successful learners will be awarded a certificate of achievement by NCFE. The training courses have been designed specifically to meet the needs of learners who prefer to study from home. The course measurable learning outcomes have been benchmarked at Level 3 and 4 (using Ofqual's Qualification and Credit Framework (QCF) level descriptors) to allow you to consider the depth of study, difficulty, and level of achievement involved.