Courses and Services

Our online courses and services are designed to help you get started, to fast-track your acquisition of skills, and to support you as you grow in ability and confidence. You can do this. 

Live Online Courses

The Fundamentals of Character, Plot & Story: Beginner and Intermediate

Starts on 21st April 2022

This course is perfect for those who are frustrated with writing endless words where this happens and that happens but there's no coherent story coming through. Maybe things just sort of 'end'? Do you want to write stories that resonate, that say something, but aren't sure how? Whether you're brand new to writing or been at it a while, this course will fix that for you because structure is king.

Price £395

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How to Write a Tightly Structured Novel - Intermediate & Advanced

COMING SOON: October 2022

A great novel needs great structure; one that keeps the reader engaged from start to finish, has no saggy middle and finishes on an ending that resonates. This course will help you to create a tight, character focused structure for a novel, with all plot points in place and an ending that satisfies. In other words, we'll show you how to create the sort of stories agents and publishers love. 

Price £495

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Get to Grips with The Building Blocks of Fiction - Beginner & Intermediate

COMING SOON: Sept 2022

This course will take a deep dive into what it takes to be a true wordsmith. We will focus on HOW to write rather than what to write, though you will write plenty. If your prose isn't quite coming to life on the page, this course will show you how to fix that. You will transform your writing, because knowledge is power. Reserve your place now by dropping us an email. Your writing will thank you for it. 

Price £395

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Submission Package to Agents and Publishers - Advanced

COMING SOON: August 2022

This course is for those who have created a full manuscript of publishable standard and now want to catch the attention of an agent or publisher. In order to have a chance of success with this, it's essential to know how to put together a submissions package and, crucially, how to write a synopsis, something many writers dread. Together, we'll work on covering letters, synopsis and opening pages.

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Thursday Critique Group: Live & Tutor-led - Intermediate & Advanced

THIS GROUP IS FULL- Starts 30th June 2022

For those who have been practising and learning about writing for a while and are working on a project - short stories, a novel, a memoir - that they would like feedback on. This offers the ideal setting in which to put your writing skills into practice, consolidate your learning and find your tribe. Together you will give and receive constructive criticism as your learning curve skyrockets.  

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Friday Critique Group: Live & Tutor-led - Intermediate & Advanced

BOOKINGS OPEN - Starts 24th June 2022

For those who have been practising and learning about writing for a while and are working on a project - short stories, a novel, a memoir - that they would like feedback on. This offers the ideal setting in which to put your writing skills into practice, consolidate your learning and find your tribe. Together you will give and receive constructive criticism as your learning curve skyrockets.  

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Online Self-Directed Courses 

The Hero’s Journey: 12 Steps - Beginner & Intermediate

We are so bombarded with this ancient story structure, known as the hero's journey, that it is hardwired into our culture and expectations of what we will get when we sit down with a film or a good book. This half-day workshop walks you through the twelve steps that take your hero from ordinary nobody to heroic somebody, all in the space of one story. 

Price £25

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The 7 Stories - Beginner & Intermediate

The 7 Stories teaches you the 7 basic plots that have been repeated over and over throughout history, reflecting on the human condition and how we experience our world. Understanding the type of story you are telling will help you tell it well. This half-day workshop explores what those seven stories are and how knowing them helps you, the writer. 

Price £25

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The Character Archetypes - Beginner & Intermediate

As with the story types and the Hero's Journey, our understanding of the character archetypes that populate stories is deeply woven into our subconscious. This half-day workshop will teach you what the main archetypes are. You will explore how knowing them can help you, the writer, control the forces that drive your story through to a satisfying conclusion. 

Price £25

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The Archetypes: Hero's Journey, 7 Stories, Character Archetypes

All three workshops in the Archetypes series in one bundle, with a tasty £10 discount. These three link together to give you an enriching insight into how structure works in stories. This is ancient stuff grown out of our knowledge of myths, legends and tales that have stood the test of time. 

Price £65

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Introductory Workshop: Point of View - Beginner

If you're confused about the four point of view choices available to you as a writer of fiction, this one hour workshop will give you a great introduction to them. You will also understand why your choice of perspective so drastically alters the story you tell and the way that you tell it . 

Price FREE

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Get To Grips With Point Of View - Intermediate

Finally, a mini-course that tells you exactly what writers mean by 'point of view'. This course will explain how point of view works and why it really does matter. Point of view is about both the viewpoint and the perspective. Understanding this really will transform your writing.

Price £75

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Online Services 

Manuscript Appraisal: Intermediate & Advanced

Our skilled and objective  manuscript appraisal will assess your entire manuscript and give you expert advice to help you revise your writing. Do your characters have their own narrative arcs? Is your plot hole-free? Is your story well structured? Will the reader want to turn the page? We will consider all this and much more, and our feedback will always be thorough, honest and highly constructive.  

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One to One Support: Suitable for all levels

If you're stuck or blocked, one-to-one support could be the answer. You may be struggling with an aspect of writing craft, or feel you need a sounding board for ideas, or perhaps you just prefer individual tuition to joining a group. We can guide you personally through any aspect or stage of your writing journey. Whatever the issue, however you want to use a one-to-one session, you will have our undivided attention and support.

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Copyediting & Proofreading: Advanced

Copy editing and proofreading are micro-level editing of your final copy, preparing your work for publication. Proofreading erases all those grammatical issues, and copyediting revises the text for style and language, pace and punctuation, and other inconsistencies. These are essential stages that your manuscript should go through before being committed to print. We will help you polish your text until it shines.

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