Fiction Writing Level 3


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Level 3

ABC Awards

60 Hours

No Entry Requirements

 Enrolment Fee £355.00

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A Distance Learning Course is the ideal way to gain a qualification without having the worry of trying to fit your studies around your everyday life.  You can complete your studies in your own time and we are on hand seven days a week to help you plan your future.

Course Description

The Distance Learning Fiction Writing course looks at the practical aspects of getting published plus the essential elements of both short stories and novels.

The course is designed for anyone considering the professional authoring of fiction and studies a variety of media including books, short stories, radio and television. It focuses also on the different techniques and styles available to the creative writer.

Previous Knowledge Required

You do not need any prior learning knowledge or experience to take this course. This course is openly available to anyone who wishes to take part in a highly rewarding home study course, although you would be expected to have a reasonable standard of literacy.

You have the freedom to start the course at any time and continue your studies at your own pace for a period of up to 12 months from initial registration with the full support of your Tutor.


You will receive the entire package of course materials in a single dispatch together with dedicated Tutor Support for 12 months.  All assignments are marked by one of our professional Tutors who will offer regular feedback and guide you through your course.

You will be provided with the telephone number for your dedicated Student Support Team who will be available for any other queries that you may have whilst completing your course. You can be assured that you will receive unlimited support for your home study course, so there is no need to struggle or feel isolated during your studies.


You must successfully complete a series of activities and assessments. Once all assessments and activities have been completed satisfactorily, you will then be awarded your certificate.  The good news is, there is no final exam.

Enrolment Fees

You can enrol online today by either paying in full or taking advantage of our easy payment plan.  The first instalment will be due one month following enrolment.

Payment Method            Version Initial Payment Monthly Instalment Total Payable
Pay in Full Paper £275.00 Nil £275.00
Instalment Option 1 Paper £155.00 £50.00 X 4 months £355.00
Instalment Option 2 Paper £88.75 £88.75 X 3 months £355.00

Please note the easy payment plan is not available to International Students.

Delivery costs are as follows:
UKFree Delivery
Rest of the World£65.00
Payment of delivery charges will be required before dispatch of your course.



  • Content
  • Style
  • Techniques
  • Marketing

1 – The Short Story

  • How to study and analyse it
  • Studying the market
  • Overseas markets
  • Writing is a business
  • How do I find ideas?
  • How do I present my manuscript?
  • Where do I find facts?

2 - The Theme

  • Choosing a theme
  • The basic emotion
  • First or third person?
  • Get out of the way!
  • Reader identification
  • Setting
  • Style

3 – The Plot

  • Plotting
  • Accuracy
  • The plot scheme
  • A twist in the tale
  • Finding a plot
  • Conflict, tension & Suspense
  • Balance and pace

4 – The Characters

  • Your chief character
  • Names
  • Can people be plots?
  • Characterisation
  • Motives
  • Mannerisms
  • Minor Characters
  • Hero, Heroine, Villain or Clown
  • How people operate

5 – Getting Started

  • How to start?
  • The plot thickens
  • Stuck?
  • Handling Transitions
  • How to end?
  • Your work plan
  • Rules are made to be broken

6 –Title & Dialogue

  • Choosing a title
  • Writing Dialogue
  • Grammar,  dialect and slang
  • Types of short story
  • The serial

7 – Practical Details

  • Copyright
  • The laws of defamation
  • Agents and “Vanity Publishers”
  • Keeping records
  • Payment
  • Income Tax
  • Expenses
  • Writing for radio
  • Writing for television
  • Presenting a TV drama

8 – Writing a Novel

  • Structure
  • Action, Thriller, Mystery
  • Science Fiction
  • Crime & Detective novels
  • Historical novels
  • Serious novels
  • Final points

    Tutor Marked Assignments

    Final Assignment

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Awarding Organisation

At the end of this course successful learners will receive a Certificate of Achievement by ABC Awards and a Learner Unit Summary (which lists the details all of the units you have completed as part of your course).

The course has been endorsed under the ABC Awards’ Quality Licence Scheme.  This means that Kendal Publishing Ltd has undergone an external quality check to ensure that the organisation and the courses it offers, meet certain quality criteria.  The completion of this course alone does not lead to an Ofqual regulated qualification but may be used as evidence of knowledge and skills towards regulated qualifications in the future.  The unit summary can be used as evidence towards Recognition of Prior Learning if you wish to progress your studies in this sector.  To this end the learning outcomes of the course have been benchmarked at Level 3 against level descriptors published by Ofqual, to indicate the depth of study and level of difficulty involved in successful completion by the learner. 

The course itself has been designed by Kendal Publishing Ltd to meet specific learners’ or employers’ requirements.   ABC Awards’ endorsement involves a robust and rigorous quality audit by external inspectors to ensure quality is consistently met.  A regular review of courses is carried out as part of the endorsement process.

ABC Awards is a leading national Awarding Organisation, regulated by Ofqual, and the Welsh Government.  They have a comprehensive portfolio of over 650 Ofqual regulated qualifications on the national Qualifications and Credit framework (QCF).  It has a long-established reputation for developing and awarding high quality vocational qualifications across a wide range of industries.   As a registered charity, ABC Awards combines 180 years of examination and assessment expertise but also implements a responsive, flexible and innovative approach to the needs of our customers.


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