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This free course looks at how characters might be drawn and how setting28 is established. It works on the different levels of characterisation, from flat to round, and how character and place29 interact. It also works on the effect of genre30 and how genre30 can be used. The main teaching material in this course is taken from an existing publication,The Fiction Writer's Workshop by Josip Novakovich (1995). Novakovich is an award-winning writer (of short stories mainly), who teaches fiction writing at the University of Cincinnati. His chapters on ‘Character’ and ‘Setting28’ are included within this course. This course is split into the following sections: This OpenLearn course provides a sample of Level 1 study in creative writing31 [Tip: hold Ctrl and click a link to open it in a new tab. The Open University is conducting a survey investigating how people use the free educational content on our OpenLearn website.
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