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Why online you should ‘start writing fiction’ with The Open University on FutureLearn


Start Writing Fiction : The Open University [Eight Weeks]

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Fig.1. Over eight weeks I baulked at pen and paper, sticking to digital on iPad, laptop and desktop though in time turning to  A6 and A4 hardback notebooks. 

100% This is designed to need three hours a week over eight weeks. The depth and breadth of contributions may have had me spending two or three hours on a signal activity, possibly this much each week, perhaps averaging 12 hours a week. Each week has 8 – 12 activities. In scope it looks like a fully fledged Open University undergraduate BA course. Many fellow students commented on this. Enough have stuck through to keep it vibrant and very worthwhile. Looking at early notes on hopes and final notes on reflection I feel as if I’ve gone further than I might have expected in a year of committed part-time participation.

Fig.2. Norman Mailer. Whose last book was on writing and with whom I exchanged ideas when I blogged at length about the book. A decade late on this MOOC I end with over 100 followers and find 87 of my own whose ideas, advice and take on life I relate to.

#FLfiction14

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