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Fiction Writing Level 3

Fiction Writing Level 3
  • Fiction-Writing


This course is available in Paper format and Online.


This Fiction Writing course is designed for anyone considering professional authoring for a variety of media including books, short stories, radio and television.


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Fiction Writing Level 3

Course code: SH402

Delivery method: Paper Based or Online

Course duration: 12 Months (Approx. 120 hours study time)

Entry requirements: No prior qualification needed

Award achieved: ABC Certificate of Achievement

Awarding body: ABC

The objective of this self-study course is to provide a comprehensive guide to the skills and techniques of writing fiction successfully, and will enable students to study a variety of styles. The course also examines practical aspects of getting published plus the essential elements of both short stories and novels.



The course is divided up into 8 units, as follows:


  • 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

Qualification Information

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 of all 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 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 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.

Method of Study

Paper Based Version

The course comes to you as a paper-based pack delivered by courier.

You will be given guidance through the Study Guide on the nuts and bolts of studying and submitting assignments.

Postal assignments cannot be accepted without prior permission from the tutor.

Online Version

Our online courses are fully digitised versions of the paper-courses, so you can study on any PC or smart device when connected to the internet.

As with the paper course, your online learning programme is completely flexible, so you can study at a pace that suits you.

All of our online course content is broken down into bite size chunks to make your learning more manageable and effective.

Method of Assessment

The course contains a number of assignments which your tutor will mark and give you valuable feedback on. We call these Tutor Marked Assignments (TMAs). You need only send the TMAs to your tutor for comment, not the self-assessment exercises which are also part of the course to help you gauge your progress.

Course Length Information

This course can be taken over a 12 month period but you can complete it as fast or as slowly as you wish.

Tutor Support

You will have access to a tutor via email who will mark your work and guide you through the course and will assist you with any problems you may have. In addition you will be supplied with a comprehensive Study Guide which will help you through the study and assessment process.