Writing Fiction - Online Course

Let your imagination take hold as you develop writing skills that will leave your readers on the edge of their seats wondering what will be on the next page when they turn over.

Fiction is writing that includes imaginary characters, events and/or settings created by the writer. All of the components of a fictitious story do not necessarily need to be fictitious though: 

  • Characters might be fictitious, but set in a real event. For example, you might write about the experiences of a fictitious character during World War II.
  • Real characters may be used for a fictitious story that embraces an imaginary event or setting (eg. a story about William Shakespeare travelling through time; or something more realistic, like a summers holiday at a fictitious beach resort, taken by a famous historical figure such as Mozart).


Course Outline
Course Code: 
100 hours - Access for 12 months
Statement of achievement
Lesson Structure: 
  1. Scope and Nature of Fiction.
  2. Components of a Story.
  3. Technique.
  4. Conception and Research.
  5. Drama.
  6. Fantasy.
  7. The Short Story.
  8. The Novel.
Aims - the learning objectives of the course: 
  • Determine the components of a fiction story, as the first step in planning a story.
  • Describe the nature and scope of fiction writing.
  • Determine a systematic approach to building a fiction story.
  • Develop your ability to write dramatic stories.
  • Develop your capacity to conceive fiction stories.
  • Develop your ability to write fantasy.
  • Develop your ability to write short stories.
  • Develop your ability to plan for success in the writing of a novel.