Writing a Novel

Sometimes all it takes is a nudge to get you writing in the right direction. Someone offers a key insight, the perfect example, a problem-solving exercise. Sometimes it takes more – an in-depth exploration of the craft of fiction – conducted by the knowledgeable and accomplished. Like perfect pitch for a composer, a talent for writing is only one important ingredient for your success as a novelist. In fact it takes as much knowledge and persistence to arrange all the pieces of a novel into a harmonious whole as it does to translate the perfect pitch into a symphony.

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Step-by-step the Writer’s Craft, Writing a Novel course will walk you through the entire process of writing fiction, from the first spark of an idea, to establishing a point of view, to developing your own style, to polishing your final work.

Your tutor will take you first to the heart of popular fiction to discover how its key technical components – plot, characterization, motivation and pacing – work together. You will discover the special methods required for creating complex characters that “love and breathe” on the page. How to build tension through effective pacing, and dialogue that is stimulating and “betrays” character traits – as it advances your story.

This course is for anyone who has nursed a dream on one day trying to write a bestseller. Guided by your tutor and proven advice, we will make your work perform on the only two levels that count – as can’t-put-it-down storytelling and can’t-turn-it-down manuscript.

We want to see your name on the bestseller lists!

Entrance Requirements

Basic literacy skills and a passion for writing!

Program Duration

Recommended 12 months of study

Programme Outcomes

• Introduction – Correct manuscript presentation – The plot o Formulating the main plot – The main character – The problem
• Characters, Characterization – Physical appearance – Characterization, the length – Clothes – Names – Pet names Emotions, traits – Fear – Anger – Jealousy – Anxiety – Happiness – Sadness – Shyness – Love – The hero
• Dialogue – What to include – Source, form layout – Dialect – Emotion in dialogue – Dialogue tags – Style
• Construction, shape – Scene changes, settings – Transitions – Chapters – The beginning – The ending – Type of novel

For a Detailed Course Structure, please click here.

Assessment and Award

Once you have successfully completed the course, you will be awarded a Certificate in Writing a Novel.


Please note that this programme is not registered on the NQF, and as such it is not a credit-bearing programme.

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