Derek Neale starts a new online course "Start Writing Fiction" on the FutureLearn platform on April 28, 2014 for 8 weeks. This hands-on course helps you to get started with your own fiction writing, focusing on the central skill of creating characters.
You will listen to established writers talk about how they started writing and consider the rituals of writing and the importance of keeping a journal. You will learn how to develop your ideas and the importance of reflecting on writing and editing, and you will hear other writers talking about their approaches to research and consider ways of turning events into a plot.
You will also have the opportunity to review and comment on the work of fellow writers, and receive peer feedback on your own story, learning the importance of reading as a writer and how to receive and respond to feedback.
You can use the hashtag #FLfiction14 to join and contribute to Twitter conversations about this course.