Welcome to Writing101.  Marion works as a lecturer in Writing & Communication at UGHE. Her courses have covered a diverse range of English topics, including creative writing, biographical writing and English grammar. It can sometimes be difficult to know where to begin when learning to writing fiction. These units are not exhaustive, but they hopefully act as a starting point to help  build up your skills in a progressive way. Click on a title to go to that module.

A brief tour of the 4,000 years we have been writing stories down, from ancient moon priestesses to modern ebooks.

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A beginner's guide to literary perspective, looking at the differences between 1st, 2nd and 3rd person and how to choose which to use. 

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How do we paint a picture with words? What should we think about when writing descriptively and how much should we try to control our readers?

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What holds us back when developing a new character? How do we get into character and what makes them interesting?

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Now the stage is set and we have our characters, we need to give them some lines. Here's how to create good dialogue and format it. 

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Here we look at the role of creative language in literature: simile, metaphor, allegory, analogy, euphemism and subtext.

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What makes a good story and how do you keep people reading? Here we look at plot, hooks, chronology and conflict.

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Worldbuilding is an important skill in science fiction and fantasy, but it can feel overwhelming. Here's an introduction to what it is and where to start.

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How do you fit an entire life between the pages of a book? Where do you start and what do you include?

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This unit provides a step-by-step walkthrough to the key stages of editing your work for submission.

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Learning how to analyse other writers' work is a great way to become more aware of literary techniques and how to use them to improve our own writing.

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This is a set of units designed to tackle the most common grammatical gripes as painlessly as possible.

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Short Story Competitions

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Feedback on this Course

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Approaching a Publisher

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Writing Resources

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