Hi there! I'm Maria and I'm excited that you're interested in this Introduction to Creative Writing, and I'm guessing that this is an ambition you've been harbouring for some time.
This course does exactly what it says on the tin, (in the words of previous writers I've worked with,) and it will support your skill development whilst nurturing your talent as a writer.
Remember, no one can write your wonderful words but YOU and the time to do it is....
See below for an overview of what each session of the course contains. It starts by getting you to reflect on your own life experiences to generate writing material, and then focuses on the various skills needed to improve as a writer.
Introduction and reflections on your life so far
Life writing exercises (with fiction alternatives)
Character Development (yourself and others)
Creating setting and atmosphere
Show, don’t tell
Point of View and Tense
Writing with a reader in mind
Presentation, writing targets, going forward as a writer
This course is suitable for beginners - all you need is a special notebook and pen, a folder to keep the notes I will send you and lots of creative energy!
Click here to arrange a telephone chat with me - a chance to ask questions or discuss your writing plans.
You will receive your first session straight after enrolment and subsequent sessions are sent each Monday. The course lasts for ten weeks.
The cost of the course is £50, and you will also be invited to join a closed online group to share work in progress and ask any writing-related questions.
Please note: this course does not include an individual critique service. It is designed to develop your writing skills and provide self-editing help. The Facebook group encourages 'peer assessment.'
My Risk-Free Promise
You will love this online writing course and it will help you achieve your writing dreams.
I am so confident of this that I promise a refund within the first 14 days, should you decide it's not for you. (This is subject to a small administration charge - see t&c's.)
Payments are directed through PayPal for your complete peace of mind. (If you don't have a PayPal account, we can set up a direct arrangement.)
Commonly Asked Questions
Won’t I need a lot of discipline to get going?
Not discipline, more desire. Once you start, you won’t be able to bear to stop. You will find yourself conjuring stories, anecdotes and poems as you go about your life and noticing things more that you can use in your writing.
How will it fit into my lifestyle?
I send your course in 10 sessions to your in-box every week. It’s up to you what day and time of day you access them. You decide when you complete the exercises, arranging your time when your writing will fit in with your other commitments.
Isn’t it isolating trying to work on my own?
Writing is a solitary activity so later in the course, I talk about networking as a writer, both online and socially.
Also, as a course participant, you will gain access to the Facebook forum with other participants of the ‘Introduction to Creative Writing Course,’ where you can swap and share ideas, thoughts, news and gain feedback on each other’s work. I also dip into this group and can be contacted through it, or by email.
What if I change my mind?
The course comes with a risk-free 14 day money back guarantee. (see t&c's for more info)
What does it cost?
£50 - Payment is directed through PayPal for your complete peace of mind. (If you don't have a PayPal account, we can set up a direct arrangement.)
How will I know what to do with my writing once I have written it?
In the latter stage of the course, guidance is given around preparing and presenting your writing for submission to get it out into the world.
How will I know if what I am writing is any good?
All writers have this doubt. I even saw a tweet from JK Rowling expressing this! As you progress through the course and your writing skills improve, your writing will strengthen along with your voice as a writing. Writing is a craft and the course will equip you to improve and be able to self-assess and edit till your words until they are as polished as can be.