Writing in Practice

Learn how to revise your work with useful strategies and tips on the workshop process. Receive feedback on a larger project or build a portfolio in conjunction with our expert writing tutors.

Course CodeBWR308
Fee CodeS3
Duration (approx)100 hours
QualificationStatement of Attainment

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In this course, you'll learn how to revise and polish your work. Discover reviewing strategies, how to give and receive feedback, and how to work over your projects to check structure, characterisation, and more.

How this course works

There are two options for working through this course. You can:

Work on sections of a larger work

Create 3 shorter pieces, such as three feature articles or 3 short stories.

Work can be fiction or non-fiction (including creative non-fiction). Note that you can only workshop the same piece twice.


You submit chapter 1 of a novel.

Your tutor provides feedback.

You work on chapter 1 of the novel, using the tutor’s feedback.

You resubmit chapter 1 of the novel.

Your tutor provides feedback.

Lesson Structure

There are 7 lessons in this course:

  1. Workshopping and Critique

    • The workshop process
    • Points of critique
    • Types of feedback
    • Best Practices
  2. Identifying and Addressing Weaknesses

    • Potential projects
    • Understanding character
    • Outlining a revision strategy
    • Goal setting
    • How to read and interpret feedback
    • Build a framework
  3. Revision Process I: Structures and Character

    • Define beginning, middle, and end
    • Closer examination: beginning
    • Closer examination: middle
    • Closer examination: ending
    • Relationship between characters and structure
    • Character Arc
    • Writing character arcs
    • Building characters
  4. Revision Process II: Plot Arc and Story Goals

    • Story goals
    • Conflict
    • Story goals in fiction
    • Story goals in non-fiction
    • Planning your plot arc
  5. Working with Subplots

    • The function of a subplot
    • Types of subplot
    • Subplots in non-fiction
    • Revision and subplots
  6. Continuity of Practice: Building Strong Writing and Editing Habits

    • Continuity
    • Good habits
    • Bad habits
    • Scheduling
    • Writer's Block
    • Character Exercises
  7. Continuity of Practice:Portfolio Building

    • Continuing to write
    • Keeping up with your journal
    • Ideas in development
    • Revision processes



  • Understand how to critique effectively, for your own work and others’.
  • Understand how to approach problems and feedback constructively.
  • To begin building your portfolio/samples.
  • Understand how to interpret feedback, including notes from your own revision and read-throughs from others.
  • Start setting out a revision strategy.
  • Add to your larger project or portfolio.
  • Understanding how structure works, how to assess structure and how to fix holes.
  • Understand characters and characterisation.
  • Understand story goals.
  • Understand how to map arcs for different purposes.
  • Understand the function of a subplot.
  • Understand how to revise, improve, and integrate sub plots in a fiction or non-fiction text.
  • Learn ways to set good writing habits.
  • Learn ways to break up writer’s block.
  • Create a regular journal practice.
  • Develop your portfolio further.
  • The importance of keeping up with your journal.
  • What to do with new ideas that you are not ready to start on.

What You Will Do

  • Analyse story structures and arcs.
  • Keep a daily writing journal.
  • Revise significant portions of their work in conjunction with their assigned academic.
  • Review feedback and implement notes.

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