Creative Writing BWR103 Online Course

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Duration 100 hrs (12 months)
Exam Optional
Tutor Support Yes unlimited by email
Qualification Certificate

This course is ideal for anyone who loves to write and wants to improve their skills and ability.  Gain tools to help you write for different genres and gain an introduction to writing books, for newspapers, non-fiction and fiction.

  • suitable for students who want to write but are not sure what to write
  • those who wants to engage in a broad spectrum of writing styles/genres
  • anyone who loves to write!

Course Aims:

  • Describe elements and forms of creative writing.
  • Develop skills that will help you generate, evaluate and communicate ideas. Discuss the functions of clear writing, and the art of revealing and concealing in writing.
  • Establish theme and structure as planning tools.
  • Identify and discuss various forms of fiction writing and publishing opportunities.
  • Analyse different non-fiction genres to determine key elements and strategies.
  • Analyse different forms of creative writing commonly found in newspapers.
  • Analyse magazine articles to determine what makes a good feature article.
  • Discuss the main elements of book writing, including theme, organisation, and weaving different narrative threads into a unified whole.
  • Prepare a portfolio of creative writing ready for submission and of future ideas.


Detailed Course Outline

Each course is made up of a number of lessons or units.  Each of these has self assessment questions, a set task (practical homework) and an assignment which you can upload online.

There are 10 Lessons in this course:


  • What is creative writing
  • What’s different about creative writing
  • Information and creativity
  • Creative genres
  • Forms of Writing
  • Form
  • Structure
  • Purpose
  • Creative Writing resources
  • What is needed for success
  • The business of writing
  • Getting published
  • Self publishing
  • Vanity publishing
  • Terminology.

Basic Creative Writing Skills

  • Words and their proper use
  • Types of language
  • Informative language
  • Persuasive language
  • Imaginative language
  • Literal language
  • Figurative language
  • Formal language
  • Colloquial language
  • Parts of language (nouns, pronouns, verbs, adverbs, prepositions, plurals, possessive nouns & pronouns, gender, adjectives, articles)
  • Common grammatical errors (fragmented sentences, run on sentences, comma splices, dangling modifiers).
  • Run on sentences
  • Irregular verbs
  • Whom or who
  • Pronouns and Antecedents
  • Punctuation
  • Creating and critiquing
  • Generating ideas
  • Developing ideas
  • Narrative theory
  • Storyline
  • Narrative structure
  • Settings or scenes
  • Mood or atmosphere
  • Time
  • Voice
  • Point of view
  • Creative reading.

Using Concise Clear Language

  • Slice of life fiction
  • Conciseness and Succinctness
  • Understanding ambiguity
  • Causes of ambiguity
  • Doubt and ambiguity
  • Hinge points and ambiguity
  • Defamiliarisation.

Planning What You Write

  • Writing routine
  • Establishing a theme
  • Organising ideas
  • Paragraphing
  • Writing a synopsis
  • Titles
  • Developing objectives.

Writing Fiction

  • Elements
  • Clues
  • Signs
  • Common errors
  • Scope or Range
  • Theme problems
  • Authenticity problems
  • Tone problems.

Writing Non-fiction

  • Creative non fiction
  • Scope
  • Developing ideas
  • Narration
  • Story line
  • Deduction
  • Induction
  • Classical Development
  • Chronological development
  • Analogy
  • Cause and effect
  • Classification
  • Comparison and contrast
  • Definition
  • Analysis
  • Developing a profile
  • Interviews.

Newspaper Writing

  • What to write
  • Scope
  • News values
  • Writing guidelines
  • Regular columns
  • Fillers.

Writing for Magazines

  • Scope of magazine writing
  • What publishers want
  • Magazine articles
  • Travel writing
  • Writing for public relations
  • Selling your work.

Writing Books

  • Themes
  • Consistency
  • Believability
  • Variety
  • Getting started
  • Getting a contract
  • Book publishing
  • Non fiction books
  • Fact finding.

Special Project

  • Organising a portfolio to sell yourself.

When you have completed the lessons of your Certificate course, you will be given the option of taking the optional exam. It's okay if you don't want the exam, we still issue your Careerline Certificate. For Advanced Certificates however, the exam is compulsory (per module) and are included in the course fee.

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Course Tutor

Robert N. Stephenson

Robert N. Stephenson is a published author of 5 books and the publisher of 25 books for other authors through his publishing imprint. Over his career thus far he has had over 100 short stories published in 10 countries and a number of languages. For fourteen years he also worked as a literary agent for his own agency where he represented such authors as Tony Shillitoe and Christy Jordan. As a tutor he has worked with over 1500 students in the last 10 years and a number of which have gone on to develop careeers in writing.

Besides wining awards for his own writing he is also the runner up in the 2008 Pride of Australia Medal for his contributions to the development of writing in others. Robert ran Altair Magazine for seven issues before it stopped production b ut during this time he discovered several new writers who have gone on to do great things both in Australia and in the USA. As he says, writing is a journey and a conversation with a reader, may we learn to create together.

How It Works

1. Learn Online

Get access to your course content anywhere, anytime and study at your own pace.

2. Get Help & Support

Connect with other like-minded students and get help from the teacher whenever you have a question.

3. Receive Certificate

Graduate from your course knowing that you have what it takes to reach your next step.

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I pay in installments?

Yes! We offer great payment plans, however full payment up front is the cheapest. You can choose the best payment plan for you from the course page, or call us on 07 55368782 to talk to one of our course consultants for a custom plan.

Can I study from anywhere in the world?

We have many international students. Careerline's range of courses are suitable for any one, anywhere in the world.

Do I get a discount if I enroll in a second course?

Yes. You may claim a 5% fee discount when you enroll in a second course, and a further 10% off a three-course package.


Do I have to sit an Exam?

No. If you are enrolled in a Certificate course (100hrs), the exam is optional. You will be issued with a certificate which proves that you are competent in all units, if you choose not to sit the exam.

Do you have set start dates?

There are no set start dates, you may start at any time. Our courses are all self-paced. As our home page says, ‘Courses for Anyone, Anywhere, Anytime’. ‘Anytime’ includes the start time of your choice. However, we do encourage our students to submit assignments on a regular basis. Wherever possible, we suggest developing a study routine.