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Northamptonshire Writing Courses

May 2014 torso*** Six online courses now available (many more to follow)
and they’re currently half price!!***

I currently teach eight different topics for Northamptonshire County Council’s Adult Learning Department at various venues around Northamptonshire, England. These are currently:

  • creative writing – beginners
  • creative writing – intermediate
  • writing genres
  • plan and write a novel
  • short stories
  • editing your writing
  • eBooking
  • blogging

I will, however, be introducing new creative writing courses – in addition to those listed above – for the 2016/17 academic year including:

  • fact vs fiction
  • starts, middles and endings
  • plot scenarios
  • locations, locations, locations
  • creating convincing characters
  • dynamic and distinctive dialogue
  • getting to grips with grammar
  • writer’s block breaker (how to avoid / fix when you get it)
  • poetry for beginners
  • scriptwriting for beginners
  • and the short story and novel courses will be combined as they share similar traits.

If you are local (or are not but can’t get to them) and are interested, do email me. The courses are listed below (and I shall be running them online from late spring 2015). 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 (creative writing and I.T.) but the others (creative writing) are 10-weekers, starting from the dates shown below. The main difference between a one-off and 10-week course is that you will create a larger body of work over the 10-week period (at least ten new pieces / starts per course) rather than two or three than on a 1-day (creative writing only), as well as receiving feedback on up to 1,000 words a week on the 10-week courses… so that’s up to 10,000 words!

You can book the forthcoming courses* via NCC’s website: HERE for the creative writing courses and HERE for the IT courses+. The 10-week courses (10 x 2 hours) are currently £105 and the 1-day Saturday courses (6-hour) are currently £35 (slightly more where food is provided), bookable via the Council’s website (links also on each course title in the tables below). There are remitted fees for unemployed etc. and these run at £30 and £12.50 (more where food is provided) respectively. You can also call the council on 0300 126 1000 Monday to Friday 8am to 6pm (charged as a local rate call).

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 (five) 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 (these are based on the six-hour Saturday courses, so the ten-week courses will vary, especially upon the needs of the class, with part tuition, part reading and feedback, and I will be setting homework between each two-hour session). 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.
    This course will run as a Saturday course on 1st October 2016 at Brooke Weston, Corby and 21st January 2017 at Malcolm Arnold, Northampton (booking links in the grid below when available).
  • Creative Writing – Intermediate*: Develop new (and existing if appropriate) prose works-in-progress and writing techniques (grammar, punctuation, dialogue, description, narrative drive etc). Discuss other areas of fiction pursued or aspired to. 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.  In summary, the intermediate will cover various formats and techniques (in the 10-week course this will depend upon the requirements of the group), with a mixture of writing-on-the-spot, tuition and in-class feedback. There are variations of this course for anyone who has attended one before so you can keep coming back to the intermediate and still learn new things.
    This course will run as a Saturday course on 12th November 2016 at Grendon Hall and 4th March 2017 at Duston Community Centre (booking links in the grid below when available).
  • 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.
    This combined course will run on Saturday 8th October 2016 at Brooke Weston, Corby and 4th February 2017 at The Forum, Towcester (booking links in the grid below when available).
  • Editing Your Writing*: To assist learners who have written fiction and non-fiction in editing their pieces to a submission standard. Identify the elements needed to fine-tune flash fiction, short stories, novels, and non-fiction. Edit a previously-written piece so that it says what you really want it to say.  Write a short fiction piece utilising characters, dialogue, plot and setting, then edit it (group participation). Write a short non-fiction piece, then edit it (group participation). What to do next; publication, competitions etc. Taught through tutorial and exercises, with an emphasis on learners tapping into their own creativity. Group work and discussion encouraged. Handouts distributed.
    This course will run as a Saturday course on 9th July 2016 at Stanwick Village Hall (click HERE for details) and 18th March 2017 at Wellingborough Museum (booking links in the grid below when available).
  • Writing Genres: A course looking at specific prose genres (poetry is included in the ‘Creative Writing for Beginners’ course).
    The 1-day (6-hour) course will look at crime, women’s fiction, historical, science-fiction, and humour, with some writing on the spot and feedback.
    This course will run as a Saturday course on 28th January 2017 at Malcolm Arnold, Northampton (booking links in the grid below when available).
  • 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.
    This course will run as a Saturday course on 14th January 2017 at Caroline Chisholm, Northampton (booking links in the grid below when available).
  • 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.
    This course will run as a Saturday course on 25th March 2017 at Caroline Chisholm, Northampton (booking links in the grid below when available).
  • Fact vs fiction: this will be held on 15th October 2016 at Buccleuch Academy, Kettering (booking links in the grid below when available).
  • Starts, middles and endings: this will be held on 25th February 2017 at Wymington (booking links in the grid below when available).
  • Plot scenarios: this will be held on 19th November 2016 at Wellingborough Museum (booking links in the grid below when available).
  • Locations, locations, locations: this will be held on 10th December 2016 at Buccleuch Academy, Kettering (booking links in the grid below when available).
  • Creating convincing characters: this will be held on 26th November 2016 at Blakesley & Woodend Village Hall (booking links in the grid below when available).
  • Dynamic and distinctive dialogue: this will be held on 3rd December 2016 at Stanwick Village Hall (booking links in the grid below when available).
  • Getting to grips with grammar: this will be held on 17th December 2016 at Brooke Weston, Corby (booking links in the grid below when available).
  • Writer’s block breaker (how to avoid / fix when you get it): this will be held on 5th November 2016 at Wellingborough Museum (booking links in the grid below when available).
  • Scriptwriting for beginners: this will be held on 11th February 2017 at Isebrook SEN College, Kettering (booking links in the grid below when available).
  • Poetry for beginners: this will be held on 24th September 2016 at Aldwincle Village Hall (booking links in the grid below when available).

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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 below, or you can email me if you have any queries or need more information.

Course title Start date Location/ area
1 Poetry For Beginners 24/09/16 Aldwincle Village Hall
2 Creative Writing – Beginners 01/10/16 Brooke Weston, Corby
3 Novels & Short stories 08/10/16 Brooke Weston, Corby
4 Fact vs Fiction 15/10/16 Buccleuch, Kettering
5 Writer’s Block Buster 05/11/16 Wellingborough Museum
6 Creative Writing – Intermediate 12/11/16 Grendon Hall
7 Creative Writing – Plot scenarios 19/11/16 Wellingborough Museum
8 Creating Compelling Characters 26/11/16 Blakesley & Woodend
9 Dynamic and Distinctive Dialogue 03/12/16 Stanwick Village Hall
10 Locations, Locations, Locations 10/12/16 Buccleuch, Kettering
11 Getting to grips with Grammar 17/12/16 Brooke Weston, Corby
12 Blogging for Beginners 14/01/17 Caroline Chisholm, Northampton
2 Creative Writing – Beginners 21/01/17 Malcolm Arnold, Northampton
13 Writing Genres 28/01/17 Malcolm Arnold, Northampton
3 Novels & Short stories 04/02/17 The Forum, Towcester
14 Scriptwriting for beginners 11/02/17 Isebrook SEN College, Kettering
15 Starts, middles and ends 25/02/17 Wymington
6 Creative Writing – Intermediate 04/03/17 Duston Comm Centre
16 Editing your Writing 18/03/17 Wellingborough Museum
17 eBooking for Beginners 25/03/17 Caroline Chisholm, Northampton
 

4 responses to “Northamptonshire Writing Courses

  1. Teresa Amos

    January 6, 2015 at 6:21 pm

    Hi Morgen
    Really enjoyed your 10-week course in Northampton last term. Have prepared some work for you to edit but have been struck down by a bit of Christmas inertia so a slight delay! Am unable to commit to an evening class this term but am extremely interested in some of the Saturday classes outlined above and will definitely be signing up for a few of these during the summer term.
    See you then!
    Warm regards,
    Teresa

     
    • morgenbailey

      January 6, 2015 at 9:36 pm

      Thank you, Teresa. It’s been a pleasure having you in my classes. I’ve really enjoyed your enthusiasm, and I look forward to meeting up with you again. Maybe my weekday blog exercises will help eliminate the inertia that, I’m sure, is hitting a few of us.

       

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