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Fiction Writing

My Distance Learning College


By no means can everyone who has the urge to write fiction can do so successfully and for publication. Fiction writing is a craft which must be learned, like any other. This course is not among those which declare, "Anyone has it in them to write a good short story".

It is a complex craft and there are no short cuts to success. We will teach you how to avoid some of the pitfalls, and show you some of the short cuts.

This course covers a variety of topics, including:

  • Introduction to Fiction
  • Basic Techniques of Freelance Journalism
  • Content
  • Style
  • Technique
  • Marketing
  • The Short Story
  • The Fiction Market
  • Theme
  • Emotion
  • Viewpoint
  • Style
  • Plot
  • Characters
  • Characterization
  • Motives
  • Mannerisms
  • Dialog
  • Writing for Radio
  • Writing for Television
  • Writing the Novel


On completion of your course, you will receive two qualifications:

Fiction Writing Diploma

Fiction Writing Diploma issued by My Distance Learning College, entitling you to use the letters SAC Dip after your name.

NCFE Level 3 Fiction Writing Award

This Course leads to an NCFE Level 3 Award Certificate for successful learners. That means that it is independently accredited at a level of learning equivalent to level 3 on the National Qualifications Framework (NQF) for England, Wales and Northern Ireland (in which case GCSE's are at levels 1 and 2 and A Levels are at level 3). In accrediting the program at level 3, NCFE attests that its learning outcomes are at an equivalent level to a level 3 national qualification.

This award has been designed by My Distance Learning College to meet specific learners' or employers' requirements. Accreditation by NCFE is a guarantee of quality. It means that this learning program has been scrutinized and approved by an independent panel of experienced educational professionals and is quality audited biannually by NCFE.


After each lesson there will be a question paper, which needs to be completed and submitted to your personal tutor for marking. This method of continual assessment ensures that your personal tutor can consistently monitor your progress and provide you with assistance throughout the duration of the course.

course quick facts
course code DED9118
cost $506.00
estimated time to
complete course
120 Hours
course materials
365 Days