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What was it like? I received the course materials in late September — a set of CDs with interviews with writers, a big textbook — nicknamed the BRB Big Red Book by fellow students, a Workbook giving week by week instructions on which bits of the book and CDs to use and what to write.

I also had access to the OU online forums, divided into the Tutor Group Forum TGF which is for about 20 students, and was under the watchful eye of our tutor, and the Student Cafe which was more of a free for all for everyone — there were hundreds on the course from all over the country — and watched by OU moderators. My tutor was very good and responded quickly if we post work on the TGF, but I would have preferred more students from my group to use it.

When I did A the previous year the TGF was very good, with 5 or 6 students who posted work and critiqued all the time. Students from other tutor groups, however, set up their own discussion forums and there was one, with about 5 really active members, which suited me.

There was much discussion in the Student Cafe about the form this notebook should take, leather bound mega expensive Moleskine de luxe notebook, or a cheap A4 student pad? Morning Pages involved waking up earlier than usual groan , and the first action before brushing teeth, going to the toilet, stretching arms above head, or any of those waking-up actions, was to grab the notebook and start freewriting.

Freewriting is supposed to be about whatever comes into your mind. I have to say that Morning Pages does not really work for me. My subconscious mind has not been cavorting while I was asleep, but stumbling about weakly, worrying about the day job. On the other hand, I did find the notebook useful when sitting down in the evening to write, as a place to scribble random ideas and fragments, or crazy ideas that occur when I am sitting drinking with my husband.

Equally I like to write directly on to the computer and, with Scrivener, the fragments can all be stored in some sort of order and retrieved when needed.

The other writing technique we were advised to try was clustering, which involved writing your initial idea in the centre of the notebook page, and then writing ideas around it in a sort of free association exercise. The end result looked like a spider with the ideas beaded along the legs. Moderately useful, but I found it just as easy to type or write a list of the idea words in a line, deleting them as I incorporated them into the piece of writing.

I discovered that Mind Node was a useful app for doing this on the iPad. The first assignment was a piece of short fiction, based on a freewrite, which in turn was based on a choice from a series of set prompts.

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There will be two day-schools that you are encouraged, but not obliged, to attend. Teaching will also be via an online forum, for which full guidance will be provided. Where the day-schools are held will depend on the distribution of students taking the module. You will be expected to submit your tutor-marked assignments TMAs online through the eTMA system unless there are some difficulties which prevent you from doing so.

In these circumstances, you must negotiate with your tutor to get their agreement to submit you r assignment on paper. The end-of-module assessment EMA , which is an independent project, must be submitted online.

Creative writing starts once a year — in October. This page describes the module that will start in October We expect it to start for the last time in October See the satisfaction survey results for this course. These OU level 1 modules develop skills such as logical thinking, clear expression, essay writing and the ability to select and interpret relevant materials. They also offer an introduction to a range of subjects in the arts and humanities.

If you have not studied at university level before, you are strongly advised to study at OU level 1 before progressing to OU level 2 study. Experience of creative writing modules, provided by adult education departments or by organisations like the Open College of the Arts or the Arvon Foundation, is also relevant.

There may be extra costs on top of the tuition fee, such as a laptop, travel to tutorials, set books and internet access.

If you're on a low income you might be eligible for help with some of these costs after your module has started. All credit is subject to status and proof that you can afford the repayments. If you feel you would be unable to obtain an OUSBA loan on your own due to credit history or affordability issues, OUSBA offers the option to apply for a joint loan application with a third party.

For example, your husband, wife, partner, parent, sibling or friend. As additional affordability checks are required when processing joint loan applications, unfortunately, an instant decision cannot be given. On average the processing time for a joint loan application is five working days from receipt of the required documentation. Studying with The Open University can boost your employability. They also value the skills that students learn and can apply in the workplace.

More than one in ten OU students are sponsored by their employer, and over 30, employers have used the OU to develop staff so far. You can pay part or all of your tuition fees upfront with a debit or credit card when you register for each module. We know that sometimes you may want to combine payment options.

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