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Northamptonshire Writing Courses

May 2014 torso*** NEW FOR SUMMER 2015
Writing Genres (1-day & 10-week courses)
Editing Your Fiction (1-day course) ***

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

  • creative writing – beginners (10-week and 1-day)
  • creative writing – intermediate (10-week and 1-day)
  • writing genres, new from May 2015 (10-week and 1-day)
  • plan and write a novel (10-week and 1-day)
  • ideas and inspiration (1-day only)
  • short stories (1-day only)
  • editing your fiction (1-day only)
  • eBooking (1-day only)
  • blogging (1-day only)

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.

PLEASE NOTE: There is a maximum places of 16 for the creative writing 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 two 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 eight 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 – Ideas & Inspiration*: Ideas: avoid writer’s block by learning a variety of ways for creating new ideas. Implement those ideas into your writing. Various exercises using handouts, interactive games etc. 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 will run as 1-day courses in the 2015/6 academic year from September 2015 (details and booking links in the grid when available).
  • 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 10-week and 1-day courses) in the 2014/2015 academic year on Saturday 11th May and from Monday 9th May 2015 respectively (details and booking links in the grid below).
  • 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 1-day course (30th May 2015) in the 2014/2015 academic year (details and booking links in the grid below), and as both a 10-week and 1-day in the 2015/6 academic year from September 2015 (details and booking links in the grid when available).
  • Short Stories – Inspiration & Creation*: Identify the elements needed to create a good short story or piece of flash fiction. Utilise different strategies for sparking inspiration to write stories. Write a 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 course will run as a 1-day course only on 6th June 2015 (details and booking links shown below).
  • Plan & Write a Novel*: Identify different writing styles, techniques, genres and forms. Produce a synopsis, book jacket blurb and tagline for your novel. Discussion of planning / plotting your novel. Look at beginnings, middles (and how to avoid a saggy one!) and endings. Software used to write a novel and other helpful aids. Write the beginning of your novel and discuss its impact (1-day course) or write the first draft (10-week course). 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 novel course will be concentrating on that format of fiction writing only, from planning to writing; the opening on the 1-day course or potentially the first draft of the whole novel on the 10-week course.
    This course will run as a 1-day on 18th July 2015 (details and booking links in the grid below), and as both 10-week and 1-day courses in the 2015/6 academic year from September 2015 (details and booking links in the grid when available).
  • Editing Your Fiction*: To assist learners who have written fiction in editing their pieces to a submission standard. Identify the elements needed to fine-tune flash fiction, short stories or novels. Edit a previously-written piece so that it says what you really want it to say. Write a short piece utilising characters, dialogue, plot and setting, 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 1-day (Saturday) courses only in the 2014/15 academic year running next on 4th July 2015 (details and booking links in the grid below).
  • Writing Genres: New for summer 2015 is 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, chick-lit, historical, science-fiction, and humour, with some writing on the spot and feedback. This will next run on 16th May (details and booking links in the grid below).
    The 10-week (20-hour) course will look more in-depth at crime / mystery / thrillers, chick-lit / romance / erotica, historical inc. western, science-fiction / fantasy, horror, adventure, humour and more, as well as techniques of writing, characterisation, pacing, editing etc. with writing on the spot, tips and feedback in each 2-hour session. This will next run on Wednesday evenings from 6th May (details and booking links in the grid below).
  • 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 1-day course (tuition alongside practice) in the 2014/2015 academic year net on 20th June 2015 (details and booking links in the grid below).
  • 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 run only as a 1-day course in the 2014/2015 academic year, next on 13th June 2015 (details and booking links in the grid below).

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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 (then below that is a breakdown of what I’m teaching when).

And now for the venues and dates. Booking links for later courses will be added as soon as they are available.

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2014 / 2015 Courses in Date Order
(booking links added when available):
NB. Mon / Wed are ten-week evening sessions, Sat are one-off 1-day courses.
Do email me for specific venue details.

Course Title Date Day Start Finish Town
Writing Genres 06/05/2015 Wed 19:00 21:00 Northampton
C/W Beginners 09/05/2015 Sat 10:00 16:00 Oundle
C/W Beginners 11/05/2015 Mon 19:00 21:00 Northampton
Writing Genres 16/05/2015 Sat 10:00 16:00 Towcester
C/W Intermediate 30/05/2015 Sat 10:00 16:00 Kettering
Short Stories 06/06/2015 Sat 10:00 16:00 Daventry
EBooking 13/06/2015 Sat 10:00 16:00 Northampton
Blogging 20/06/2015 Sat 10:00 16:00 Northampton
C/W Beginners 27/06/2015 Sat 10:00 16:00 Kettering
Editing Your Fiction 04/07/2015 Sat 10:00 16:00 Grendon
Writing Genres 11/07/2015 Sat 10:00 16:00 Brackley
Plan/Write a Novel 18/07/2015 Sat 10:00 16:00 Corby
2015/6 year:
C/W Intermediate from Sept 2015 Mon or Wed 19:00 21:00 Northampton
Plan/Write a Novel from Sept 2015 Mon or Wed 19:00 21:00 Northampton

Do email me if you have any queries or need more information.

 

2 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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