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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]

Business Marketing Writing

This is an online course. To find out how our online courses work, please click here. Are you a writer working in the business world? Or a marketing professional responsible for obtaining great marketing copy? Maybe your boss made you the company writer, but you’ve never had any training. Or maybe you’re just interested in a writing or marketing career. Whatever your background, this fun, introductory course will teach you to write or identify copy that achieves business and... [More]

Language myths, busted

Everyone ‘knows’ that English is suffering a slow decline, that apes can use language, and that Eskimos have 12,000 words for snow. Or do we? Leave your linguistic preconceptions at the door as we put some of the most commonly held ideas about language to the test. Along the way, you’ll learn to evaluate claims like a linguist, hone your baloney detector, and find out about some useful language resources. But be prepared – cherished notions about language may not survive the... [More]

Writing for Children

This is an online course. To find out how our online courses work, please click here. Join a published children’s author and discover how you can touch the hearts of children by creating books for them. If you’re a beginning writer, this course will help you transform a book idea into a finished product that you’ll be proud to place into the hands of potential publisher. And if you’re already a successful writer, this course will help you explore new opportunities and markets for... [More]

Writeriffic: Creativity Training for Writers

This is an online course. To find out how our online courses work, please click here. Who doesn’t know the fear of the blank page? How can we transform our visions into the written word? Is it really possible to become a terrific writer? You’ll find the answer to these and more of your questions in Writeriffic. In this high-energy class you’ll learn lots of tricks from the published writer’s toolbox. Whether you’re at work now or hoping to write a novel, a nonfiction book, a... [More]

Developing your Writing Style

Aspiring writers love John’s fun and interactive workshops! 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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Writing dramatic dialogue

Dialogue should leap off the page. In novels, short stories, scripts and screenplays it must move the story forward, reveal character and provide essential exposition. Yet it must also be dramatic and believable. How to reconcile these apparently incompatible necessities is the subject of this dynamic and interactive workshop. A story is a completed process of change which has the ability to move readers' feelings powerfully and pleasurably (or painfully) in a certain, definite... [More]

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Dramatise your story through narrative structure

New writers can struggle with narrative structure in writing whether the form is a novel, short story or script. In this workshop, writer John Harman will help you better understand the type of story you are telling, discover the importance of narrative structure and learn advanced techniques of plotting. Narrative structure is about choices and about writing your novel, short story or script in scenes. The choices hinge not only on the integration of the story and the plot (which... [More]

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Write Fiction Like a Pro

This is an online course. To find out how our online courses work, please click here. What’s the single biggest difference between professional authors and novices? Professionals know how to structure novels and stories for maximum dramatic effect. This course helps you develop the same story structuring skills the pros use. You’ll understand how your passion, theme, premise, and characters help you create the structure of your story, and you’ll discover how viewpoint, dialogue,... [More]

Fundamentals of Technical Writing

This is an online course. To find out how our online courses work, please click here. Do you have a knack for explaining complex subjects in a way that makes them easy to understand? If so, you should consider entering the well-paying field of technical writing. This course will teach you the skills you need to succeed as a technical writer. You will learn how to translate complex information into easily understood language, and how to become a wizard at marrying the art of... [More]