"Start writing fiction" MOOC

Free online fiction writing course

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  1. Storysmith
    FutureLearn has the course here: https://www.futurelearn.com/courses/start-writing-fiction. The course doesn't start until 28th April, so I have no idea how good it will be (I'm not affiliated with them), but here's the blurb:

    This practical, hands-on course aims to help you to get started with your own fiction writing, focusing on the central skill of creating characters.

    You will listen to established writers talk about how they started writing and consider the rituals of writing and the importance of keeping a journal. You’ll learn how to develop your ideas and the importance of reflecting on writing and editing, and you’ll hear other writers talking about their approaches to research and consider ways of turning events into a plot.

    You’ll also have the opportunity to review and comment on the work of fellow writers, and receive peer feedback on your own story, learning the importance of reading as a writer and how to receive and respond to feedback.

Recent Reviews

  1. NobodySpecial
    NobodySpecial
    3/5,
    I went through this one just for kicks and giggles. It's not very comprehensive and just covers some of the most basic elements of writing fiction. I don't see it as a waste of time, but it may be better suited for those who have very little if any formal instruction. If the goal is something more indepth than what Futurlearn offers there will also be a price tag involved.