Northamptonshire Writing Courses
*** Seven online courses now available (many more to follow)
with five currently half price and two FREE!!***
I teach eight different topics for Northamptonshire County Council’s Adult Learning Department at various venues around Northamptonshire, England. These are:
- creative writing – beginners (Saturday course)
- fiction – characters, settings, plots (5-week course)
- fiction – dialogue and description (5-week course)
- novels & short stories (Saturday course)
- techniques of creative writing (Saturday and 5-week course)
- blogging for beginners (Saturday course)
- eBooking (Saturday course)
If you are local (or are not but can’t get to them) and are interested, do email me or complete the form at the end of the page. The courses are listed below (and I shall be bringing them all online in the next few months). I have been teaching writing groups around Northampton since 2005 so it’s especially exciting to bring my skills to a wider audience.
The Saturday courses are one-offs per term with some repeated within the same academic year. You can book them via NCC’s website: HERE for the creative writing courses and HERE for the IT courses+. You can also call the council on 0300 126 1000 Monday to Friday 8am to 6pm (charged as a local rate call). Each Saturday course is 6-hour (10am to 4pm) are currently £49.20 (slightly more where food is provided), bookable via the Council’s website (links also on each course title in the tables below). Unfortunately there are no remitted fee rates as the one-day courses are deemed as hobby and not subsidised.
PLEASE NOTE: There is a maximum places of 16 for the creative writing (12 at Towcester) and 12 for the IT courses with a minimum number of students (six) required for each course to run, with the decision (by NCC) made three weeks before the course starts, so please do book early. If you have any queries before booking, please do email me.
I have been writing (and studying) for ten years, have written 400+ short stories (mostly flash fiction), seven novels (will be doing my eighth this November for NaNoWriMo), some poetry and non-fiction writing-related articles. See Morgen With An ‘E’ and Books: mine for more details. I am also a freelance editor.
The courses, venues and dates are below but first a little about each course. Every course I run will have handouts so you wouldn’t spend time worrying that you’ll miss something or get distracted writing every word down. So, without further ado, here are the details:
- Creative Writing – Beginners*: Identify different writing styles, techniques, genres and forms; including novels, short stories, flash fiction, poetry, scriptwriting, monologues, dialogues, and non-fiction. Writing tips, advice on editing etc. Produce a short piece in a style and form of the student’s choosing. Review own work and that of others with a critical eye. What to do next; publication, competitions etc. Advice of ongoing support including online and in-person writing groups.
- Fiction – characters, settings, plots: To introduce learners to different techniques for creating and developing fictional characters, settings, and story plots, with encouragement for group participation and to produce new pieces. a) Discuss characters and settings (locations) used in published works, film etc. b) Create convincing and engaging characters from a variety of methods. c) Identify techniques for creating believable settings within fiction. d) Examine a variety of scenarios with group participation for plot development. Identify different techniques for plotting stories and novels. e) Review own work and that of others with a critical eye (including group participation). Distinguish different submission and publication opportunities, and what to do next.
- Fiction – dialogue and description: To introduce learners to different techniques for creating realistic dialogue and vivid description in fiction, with encouragement for group participation and to produce new pieces. a) Identify techniques for creating believable dialogue within creative fictional frameworks. b) Examine an existing monologue and create a new piece as a standalone or to be incorporated within a longer body of work. a) Identify techniques for creating believable dialogue within creative fictional frameworks. b) Examine an existing monologue and create a new piece as a standalone or to be incorporated within a longer body of work. c) Identify techniques for creating vivid description to engage your readers. d) Develop an existing work-in-progress and / or start new projects with an emphasis on dialogue and description. e) Review own work and that of others with a critical eye (including group participation). Distinguish different submission and publication opportunities, and what to do next.
- Novels and Short Stories (includes Flash Fiction)*: Identify the elements needed to create a piece of flash fiction, longer short story or a novel. Identify different writing styles, techniques, genres and forms. Produce a synopsis, book jacket blurb and tagline for your novel. Utilise different strategies for sparking inspiration to write stories. Write the beginning of short story or flash fiction utilising plot and characters. Learn how to edit a story so that it says what you really want it to say. Writing tips, advice on editing etc. Review own work and that of others with a critical eye. What to do next; publication, competitions etc. Advice of ongoing support including online and in-person writing groups.
- Techniques of Creative Writing: To develop learners’ existing writing and enhance different styles of creativity with a view to expanding their repertoire, with encouragement for group participation and to produce new pieces. a) Identify and develop different writing styles, techniques, genres and forms. b) Develop an existing work-in-progress and / or start new projects. c) Identify the elements needed to fine-tune flash fiction, short stories, novels, poetry and non-fiction. d) Review own work and that of others with a critical eye (including group participation). e) Distinguish different submission and publication opportunities, and what to do next.
- Blogging for Beginners*: An overview of some of the available blog sites including WordPress, Blogger / Blogspot, Weebly, Google Sites, Tumblr – free and payable options. Identify different blogging techniques (finding the right site for you) and applying content within the social networks (Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Pinterest etc). Design your site, create new posts / website pages, and answer reader comments.
- eBooking for Beginners*: Design your eBook text format and cover. Learn how to upload your eBook on to Amazon and Smashwords (including iTunes, Kobo, Barnes & Noble, Apple iBooks, Nook, Sony Reader). Price and promote your eBook including Amazon’s KDP Select Program and on the social networks (Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, Pinterest etc). Tax issues for UK-based authors. Options for self-publishing your book in paperback format.
All courses are taught with a practical approach encouraging learners (students) to take notes, practice new skills, ask questions and explore the topic. Group work and discussion encouraged. Handouts distributed. If you have any queries or need more information, please complete the form at the end of this page, or you can email me if you have any queries or need more information.
The courses for the 2017/8 term will be (the links taking you to the relevant course booking page will be added as soon as available):
|Course title||Start||Day||Location/ area|
|Creative Writing – Beginners||13/01/18||Sat day||Sywell|
|Novels & Short stories||20/01/18||Sat day||Towcester|
|Fiction – Characters, Settings, Plots||27/01/18||Sat day||Kettering|
|Techniques of Creative Writing||03/02/18||Sat day||Little Houghton|
|Fiction – Dialogue and Description||10/02/18||Sat day||Stanwick|
|Fiction – Dialogue and Description (5 weeks)||20/02/18||Tue a.m.||Northampton|
|Techniques of Creative Writing (5 weeks)||22/02/18||Thu a.m.||Northampton|
|eBooking for Beginners||24/02/18||Sat day||Northampton|
|Blogging for Beginners||17/03/18||Sat day||Northampton|
|Techniques of Creative Writing (5 weeks)||18/04/18||Wed eve||Northampton|
|Creative Writing – Beginners||21/04/18||Sat day||Wellingborough|
|Techniques of Creative Writing (5 weeks)||06/06/18||Wed eve||Northampton|
|Techniques of Creative Writing||09/06/18||Sat day||Corby|
|Blogging for Beginners||23/06/18||Sat day||Northampton|
|eBooking for Beginners||30/06/18||Sat day||Northampton|