Course Description

Creative Writing 5N4765 (QQI Level 5)

This QQI Level 5 Creative Writing course is designed to give students an opportunity to develop their creative voice through writing. It aims to give students an understanding of the process of writing, key aspects of writing fiction, as well as the possibility of getting work published. Course documentation for this journalism course is detailed, comprehensive and easy to read.



Topics covered include:

  • Unit 1: Writing Skills
  • Unit 2: Characterisation
  • Unit 3: Structure and Plot Development
  • Unit 4: Setting and Atmosphere
  • Unit 5: Getting published.


Learners who successfully complete this module will:

  • Develop their creative voice through writing
  • Produce a range of confident writing, which will include the opening section of a novel or two complete short stories
  • Have utilised key aspects of writing for a novel or short story
  • Understand the process of publication in Ireland
  • Be able to submit work for publication.


Specific Learning Outcomes:

Unit 1: Writing Skills

Learners should be able to:

  • Keep a track of ideas in a notebook
  • Research their ideas using a variety of sources
  • Produce a variety of written pieces of work, which range in content and length
  • Use grammar to alter the narrative
  • Understand the concept of showing not telling in writing
  • Be constructively self-critical and provide critical analysis to others
  • Revise and edit work.


Unit 2: Characterisation

Learners should be able to:

  • Produce different characters
  • Make characters that are believable
  • Show feelings and emotions through words and actions
  • Understand the character’s Language and Idioms.
  • Create dialogue that comes from the character
  • Understand the purpose of a character
  • Determine the history of a character
  • Write in the first, second, third person
  • Identify if the narrator is present or omnipresent.


Unit 3: Structure and Plot Development

Learners should be able to:

  • Understand different possibilities for plotting a story
  • Understand timelines in relation to the narrative
  • Understand Point of View
  • Show different ways of telling the same story
  • Flash forward and flash back
  • Create intrigue for the reader.


Unit 4: Setting and Atmosphere

Learners should be able to:

  • Create a strong sense of place through language
  • Use real locations as the source for fiction
  • Create clothes and costumes that are unique to the story
  • Use language to set the tone of the narrative
  • Decide on events which are determined by their environment
  • Understand the limitations of the world they create
  • Understand different genres.


 Unit 5: Getting Published

Learners should be able to:

  • Know the process of getting work Published in Ireland and abroad
  • Source a variety Agents and Publishers in Ireland
  • Present work for an agent or publisher which is correctly laid out according to industry practice
  • Understand the role of an Agent.
  • Understand the role of a Publisher
  • Submit work for competition and/or publication
  • Understand self-publishing.


CollegeThe Open College
Course LocationLeopardstown, Dublin
Location PostcodeDublin 18
Course CategoryCreative Writing, Humanities & Social Sciences
Course TypeDistance Learning
Course QualificationLevel 5 Certificate
Awarding BodyQQI
Awarding Body DetailsQQI Level 5 component Certificate in Creative Writing (5N4765).
Course Duration8 Weeks
Course TimeThis  Creative Writing – 5N4765, QQI Level 5 course is completed through Distance Learning and there are no lectures to attend. Students can complete this course within 8 weeks which is ample time and can start it at any time of the year that is convenient. If students need to extend this period for any reason during or near the end of the course they can request an extension through the college.
Course Fee314
Entry RequirementsLeaving certificate, Level 4 certificate or equivalent in a relevant subject area and/or relevant practical experience (3 years minimum) – Please ask about our requirements surrounding Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) for entry. Mature students (over 23 years) may be exempt from the above prerequisites. English Language Requirement: Students entering programmes leading to awards at Level 5 are expected to be able to: be proficient at reading, drafting, preparing and understanding information across a broad range of topics, including quantitative information. Learners undertaking this programme must have basic IT skills and access to the necessary equipment to enable them to undertake an online programme: computer, broadband, email, Microsoft, recording equipment necessary for some skills demonstration tasks, and where applicable any other specialised software/equipment. As this programme is delivered through distance learning or eLearning, students must be capable of studying on their own initiative.
Carear PathThis QQI Level 5 Creative Writing course is designed to give students an opportunity to develop their creative voice through writing. It aims to give students an understanding of the process of writing, key aspects of writing fiction, as well as the possibility of getting work published. This QQI accredited, distance learning course means that students can study flexibly at home, or at work, while gaining a Nationally Accredited Qualification.
Phone01 206 1828
Course Code5N4765
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