About the Course
This creative non-fiction course aims to inspire and encourage you to practise independent creative writing within the genre of life writing (creative non-fiction). The course offers you a developmental and directed learning pathway, within a context of considerable choice and freedom.
You will increase your awareness of the formal requirements and on-going practice of this genre by creating a body of creative non-fiction work (approximately 20,000 words in total) that demonstrates diversity and understanding.
The teaching materials offer background theoretical and historical information, and also contain extracts from examples of the genre, accompanied by analysis and process-description of the work. The teaching materials contain clear instruction and outlines of expectation. The exercises and assignments are designed to help you to develop your own creative style and voice.
You will reflect on the writing process and critically appraise your own work by writing reflective commentaries throughout the unit and at the end of the course. You are expected to keep a log of your research findings. You are encouraged to develop informed and appropriate critical models to engage with your own writing and the writing of others and to develop higher level skills in reading, formulating, researching, drafting, editing and presenting creative work and in responding to constructive suggestions/criticism.
You will have considerable flexibility as to the style and content of your assignments and will be encouraged to develop your own individual voice as a writer.
The Open College of the Arts is a non-profit educational charity offering arts education through open and flexible distance learning methods. You will receive support from a one-to-one tutor who is also an arts practitioner and you will become part of a thriving UK and international student community.
All of our part time distance learning Open degrees are awarded by the University for the Creative Arts (UCA). We have an exceptional range of part-time Open courses at Higher Education level in painting, drawing, photography, music, illustration, graphic design, creative writing, textiles, sculpture, printmaking, art history and film.
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