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Explore Animation

Just started a fun course with FutureLearn — ‘Explore Animation’ — a free online course created by The National Film & Television School (NFTS). I calculate that there are about 1000 of us on the course — students of all ages from all over the world meeting up online for four weeks to discuss and experiment with simple animation techniques. Looks as if it’s going to be great fun, and I will probably be uploading some of my attempts in here so when that happens, feel free to take a look and keep up with my progress.

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Creative writing exam

I find myself at that critical moment when I have written my couple of pieces of prose and have laid them before my peers for their considered critique. We are all more or less in the same boat, and probably at about the same level of writing ability. My prose has already been drafted, redrafted, edited and redrafted until it has begun to satisfy my own personal view of improvement. I am feeling all written out. Then along comes someone with a comment on the structure of one of my pieces — and if I may add — a very valid criticism — and I can feel myself falling to pieces. I still have the report/commentary to write and all of a sudden the steam has run out …

And the deadline is May 31st, and it no longer seems an age away …

Open University

booksThere seems to be a mad rush going on in the course forum for all to join up for the next course. The natural evolution of an OU Creative Writer would probably be to move on to the Advanced Creative Writing course — at least, that certainly seems to be how a lot of the students in the forums see it for the development of their writing careers. Their decision may also have something to do with how their degree course is structured, but as I am probably looking at an Open Degree which at this stage has just as much chance of becoming a Science Degree as an Arts one, I don’t feel as if I am harnessed by the more obvious choices.

So thinking about other options, and doing a few calculations on what I still have to do for the degree, I see that I have foolishly left myself another 10 credits to collect at Level 1 — another 10 credits to collect at Level 2, and finally 60 to collect at Level 3! Was I shortsighted or what? So I am thinking of doing another 30 credit course at Level 2 to make up for the credits missing in the first 2 levels, and then finally the 60 credit course at Level 3. Which would all be just perfect if it weren’t for the fact that I can’t really see anything with 30 credits which appeals to me.

Probably it would be a wise move to try for a 30 or 60 credits at Level 3? What do you think? Anyway, in actual fact I have been looking at a 60 credit course, Level 2 which would give me a handle on English used in various parts of the world. A deeper understanding of the development of the use of the language at various cultural levels, and in various international cultures. Sounds quite fascinating, so watch this space …

It’s called ‘Worlds of English’ [Read more … ]
Level 2 course, ‘Creative Writing’ [Read more … ]
Level 3 course, ‘Advanced Creative Writing’ [Read more … ]
Level 3 course, ‘Children’s Literature’ [Read more … ]
Level 3 course, ‘English Grammar in Context’ [Read more … ]
Level 3 course, ‘Religion in history’ [Read more … ]