Saturday, 25 April 2009

A363 Advanced Creative Writing with the Open University


I was asked by a fellow blogger yesterday what I thought of the Open University’s Advanced Creative Course A363. And my response was,

‘It’s Blumin’ BRILLIANT.’

I’ve been lucky. I’ve had the same fab tutor for both A215 and A363. He’s a writer of successful plays that are regularly broadcast on BBC Radio. He’s very critical, and not one for lavishing praise, which, I have to say, took a bit of getting used to – As, quite frankly, I love praise – don’t we all?! But once I saw EVERYTHING he said was 100% valid – I took everything on board.

I’ve learnt SO much from both courses. And I'm sure I wouldn’t have sold two stories if I hadn’t done A215.

And A363 has taught me how to write plays for screen, film and stage – which I may just try one day! Oh, and how to splice the strands of a novel – which has helped me greatly with novel 1.

Yes, I would 100% recommend both courses, especially as, if you do both you get a ‘Creative Writing and Literature Diploma.’ YAY!

Although, it has to be said, both courses are blinking HARD WORK! Or is that just me?!

Oh, and you can find out a bit more about A363 here!

4 comments:

Matt said...

Think I might have not posted comment but if this is a repeat with slightly different words then I apologise.

Just done A300, which is '20th Century Literature' and was brilliant (though a lot of reading). Probably quite useful for novel writing. (I wouldn't be that brave)

Done A215 which was great. Thinking of doing A363 next year.

Best of luck!

Amanda said...

All sounds great, Matt. I would really recommend A363 it's was excellent. Good luck with what you decide to do.

Tam said...

Would you say that it would be possible to do A363 on it's own, ie. without having done A215. I need one more course to finish my Open Degree and have been looking at this one with interest. Thanks in advance!

Amanda said...

Hi Tam

I think it depends if you have knowledge of the subjects taught in A363.

Personally, I don't think I could have done A363 without A215, but would imagine it's different for everyone. Sorry I can't be more helpful! Good luck if you go ahead with it!