In 10 weeks, this creative writing short course will give you the opportunity to:
Produce an extended piece of fiction - whether a novel or short story
Network with fellow writers, share work, contacts and ideas, and review one another’s creative writing pieces as part of your own writing process
Learn how you should present your work to editors and agents
Submit your manuscript for consideration to be published under Penguin Random House eKhaya imprint.
This PRH online short course in creative writing is designed to give you the opportunity to be recognised as a creative writer. With a personalised and supported framework, you’ll study in your own time, guided by industry experts and a dedicated support team. Here’s what you’ll cover:
Orientation Module Welcome to your Online Campus
Course Module 1 Planning the story
Course Module 2 Beginnings
Course Module 3 Characters and characterisation
Course Module 4 Turning story into plot
Course Module 5 Making people talk
Course Module 6 Point of view
Course Module 7 Conflict, tension and suspense
Course Module 8 The writer’s voice
Course Module 9 Endings
Course Module 10 Editors, publishers and agents
Earn a certificate from Penguin Random House
On completion of this course you earn a certificate as powerful proof of your new competencies and use it to set yourself apart from the rest and get recognised in the job market. Disclaimer: The visual representation of the certificate here serves as an exemplar, and may be subject to change at the discretion of Penguin Random House.
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At GetSmarter, we improve lives through better education. One of the ways that we achieve this is by bringing rich industry context to an academic environment through our expert facilitation and engagement. We work with university faculty and industry experts to provide a practical, industry lens on the world's leading university subjects.
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You can either pay your tuition fees in full before the course starts, or you may opt for a two-part payment plan for courses nine weeks and shorter. For courses ten weeks or longer, there is a three-part payment plan available. To find out more on payment options please visit our Payment and Financing page.
GetSmarter's learning model is designed to help you, as a working professional, improve your skills without compromising on work and family responsibilities. The course work is broken up into weekly, manageable bite-sized modules, with incremental deadlines, designed to help you pace yourself over the duration of the course and allow you the legroom to work when it suits you best.
At the beginning of each week you'll be presented with all the lectures, notes and assignments necessary for completion. You also have access to your Success Manager who will help you set goals and track key milestones, manage your time, and field any administrative requests you might have.
The Online Campus will be your virtual classroom for the duration of your course. Through its easy-to-use interface you'll have access to a diverse variety of course content formats, including: interactive video lectures, module notes, practice quizzes, Prezis, assignment briefs, and additional web resources.
On the Online Campus, you'll also be able to ask questions and interact with your fellow students and Head Tutor through the Online Campus discussion forums. If you're experiencing tech issues or need advice from your personal Success Manager, you can use the Online Campus to get in touch.