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Developing your Writing Style

Our favourite authors synthesise style, voice and tone to transport us into the world of their novel. What words do they use and in what order? How do they employ narrative mode? What point of view do they adopt? How adept are they at analogy? Learn how to focus on style in popular writing and how you can develop your own writing style to match that of published authors. [More]
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How to edit and assess your manuscript - getting from first draft to finishing your book

You have just finished the first draft of your manuscript and you are feeling mighty pleased with yourself. And so you should. It’s no mean feat writing between 70,000 and 140,000 words of a novel or non-fiction book. You are to be congratulated. But… what’s important for you to realise is that you are still much nearer the beginning of the process of writing your book than you are to the end. Your first draft is no more than that: a first draft. You have more drafts to work... [More]
How to edit and assess your manuscript - getting from first draft to finishing your book
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How to Write for Young Adults

This is an online course. To find out how our online courses work, please click here. From Harry Potter to Twilight, young adult fiction is one of the hottest genres for today’s novels. Teens and adults alike have discovered the excitement and passion of these stories, and publishers are hungry for more. If you’re eager to break into this market, this course provides you with the recipe for creating your own successful young adult story and shows you how to get it published. First,... [More]

Advanced Fiction Writing

This is an online course. To find out how our online courses work, please click here. Do you have a story idea but aren’t sure how to begin? Do your friends say you write well, but you’re not sure how to get started on that first book? Do you have a manuscript, or parts of a manuscript, and need to know how to polish it for publication? Are you a published author who wants to learn techniques to write more effectively and efficiently? If you answered yes to any of these questions,... [More]

Show don't tell - how writers use the art of exposition

The art of exposition – showing not telling – is a subtle one. Behind every story there is an entire world complete with a history and peopled by real-life characters. How does the writer handle this mass of detail? This workshop shows how and where writers can employ techniques to weave exposition into the fabric of the story so readers are scarcely aware of being given essential information. Stories do not come out of a void. There is much the reader needs to know about the time,... [More]

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Devious art of plotting your novel

A good plot is both the skeleton and sinews of the story, providing direction, definition and the power to move readers' feelings to a satisfactory resolution. Yet many writers find plotting difficult. By understanding and experimenting with the nine-point arc of a typical plot, workshop members will learn the devious art of plotting: discovering that plots are driven by the wilful or unconscious desires of the protagonists and that plot and character are two sides of the same... [More]

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Beginning Writer's Workshop

This is an online course. To find out how our online courses work, please click here. If you’ve always wanted to write but have no idea where to start, this course will demystify the process for you. You’ll get a taste of the writing life, improve your writing skills, and develop new ways to stretch your creative muscles. This exciting, hands-on course for the creative writing novice is filled with challenging exercises, expert advice, and plenty of direct support and... [More]

Start your blog in a day - private and business

Whether you’ve read a few blogs or have never heard of one, this course will get you blogging. Find out how to write and manage a blog, what to include, who your audience is, and how you can even make money from blogging. Participants will have the opportunity to start their own blog. For beginner bloggers, the process of starting up your blog can seem daunting, but this course will show you how and get you off on the right foot all in just one day. Learn about how to start your... [More]

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Start your Blog in a Day- private and business

Whether you’ve read a few blogs or have never heard of one, this course will get you blogging. Find out how to write and manage a blog, what to include, who your audience is, and how you can even make money from blogging. Participants will have the opportunity to start their own blog. For beginner bloggers, the process of starting up your blog can seem daunting, but this course will show you how and get you off on the right foot all in just one day. Learn about how to start your... [More]
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Effective Business Writing

This is an online course. To find out how our online courses work, please click here. Do you have a nagging suspicion that a small improvement in your writing skills might also improve your career prospects? Don’t let small gaps in your business writing skills prevent you from reaching your full potential! It doesn’t matter whether you’re a clerical worker, an engineer, or an executive. If you communicate with others in writing, you need this course to help you identify and... [More]