Hello Surprise, I did 20thC Texts and Debates and really enjoyed it (despite having a rather disinterested tutor). There is a lot of reading to do so I would try and get through all the novels before the course begins, but if you enjoy literature then it is a very enjoyable course. I am thinking about doing 19thC Novels next and from what I have read on the OU website I gather the amount of reading is comparative with the Texts and Debates course.
The creative writing course was really enjoyable and so informative that I began to think if I had learned this at school my life may have taken a different course. There are quite a lot of exercises in the course book but only 5 TMAs though I would have actually liked more! Rather than being exhausted over learning volumes of information it is exhausting creatively which I was surprised by but after feedback it does add to the esteem more than other courses.
I've kept the course book (just one large one rather than the little "Block" books)near to hand and keep delving in to practice for my next course.
There were two tutorials and I would really recommend attending them and using the FirstClass forum fully to get the most out of it. I know at least one of my "class" mates who is now working on his book - it does cover everything from inspiration to publishing. As well as the short story, there is a chance to practice poetry and life-writing. It is enough to spark the old brain cells that is for sure.
Hi - had completely forgotten I'd posted this message - apologies to all who replied! have decided on AA316, the 19th C one. So far have managed to read one third of one novel , but it is very small writing and 900 pages long. Anyone else doing this course?