What is the course about?
This course is designed for students who already have already planned a self-publishing project (fiction or non-fiction) and are looking for guidance on the writing, editing and marketing of their book.
What will we cover?
- Plot structure
- Key considerations for characterisation, themes and setting.
- The role of research.
- The role of beta readers.
- Using feedback to hone your work.
- The editing process.
- Platforms for promotion.
- Budgetery considerations.
- Effective marketing.
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
- Research and write excerpts for your finished book.
- Receive and apply critical feedback to your work.
- Understand the editing process.
- Understand how to effectively budget for and market your book.
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
This is an intermediate course. Students should have completed a beginners course in creative writing and have a specific self-publishing fiction or non-fiction project in mind.
How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?
A mix of group work, workshopping, pair work, extract analysis and formal instruction from the tutor.
All writing courses at Build will involve an element of workshop. This means that students will produce work which will be discussed in an open and constructive environment with the tutor and other students. The college operates a policy of constructive criticism, and all feedback on another student’s work by the tutor and other students should be delivered in that spirit.
For classes longer than one day, regular reading and writing exercises will be set for completion at home to set deadlines.
Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?
When I've finished, what course can I do next?
Build offer a range of courses for aspiring authors. Browse the writing section of our website to find the perfect course for you.
All students are invited to join us at Build Talks Back, our monthly performance night for Build writers. Everyone is welcome, admission is free and there's no need to book in advance. Students are also encouraged to submit to Between the Lines, our annual anthology of creative writing. For the latest news, courses and events, stay in touch with the Department on and Twitter.
General information and advice on courses at Build is available from the Student Centre and Library on Monday to Friday from 12:00 – 19:00.
See the course guide for term dates and further details