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** BREAKING NEWS! **
My online courses are just £1 / $1 each for September.
(see below for coupon codes and links)

I currently run seven writing-related and two I.T. courses (listed below) for Northamptonshire County Council at various locations in and around Northamptonshire, England (click here for a breakdown of each course). 

I am bringing these courses online – five are already available, see the links below (and note the half price offers!). The rest will be available in the next coming weeks. Most are priced at a very reasonable £7 / $9 to £19 / $25 (two are just $1 / £1 for the next 100 students and the rest half price to the next 50 students!).

They are based on the format of those listed below and run via independent educational websites (using video, audio and text-based learning). Unlike some online courses, mine will be ongoing and would start whenever you wanted them to start, and split into several video lectures (with quizzes) so you can work at your own pace.

Feel free to email me or complete the form below for more information…

Online only – six available to-date via Udemy.com, (the rest following in the next few weeks) and are £1 / $1 each for September only!…

  • writer’s block workbook – volume 1: five weeks’ worth of beginning prompts to help create over 100 new pieces with tips to help your writing ongoing – new June 2015 – you can receive this course during September only for just $1 / £1 (normally £7 / $9) by entering the code MB-SEPT15-DOLLAR (or click here)see below for the course description
  • writer’s block workbook – volume 2: five weeks’ worth of keyword prompts to help create over 100 new pieces with tips to help your writing ongoing – new June 2015 – you can receive this course during September only for just $1 / £1 (normally £7 / $9) by entering the code MB-SEPT15-DOLLAR (or click here)see below for the course description
  • writing tips – part 1: 30 tips and 90+ exercises to spark your creativity – new August 2015 – you can receive this course during September only for just $1 / £1 (normally £12 / $15) by entering the code MB-SEPT15-DOLLAR or click here)see below for the course description
  • writing tips – part 2: 30 tips and 90+ exercises to enhance your writing – new August 2015 – you can receive this course during September only for just $1 / £1 (normally £12 / $15) by entering the code MB-SEPT15-DOLLAR or click here)see below for the course description
  • entering writing competitions: writing competitions from an entrant’s and judge’s viewpoint – new August 2015 – you can receive this course during September only for just $1 / £1 (normally £12 / $15) by entering the code MB-SEPT15-DOLLAR (or click here)see below for the course description
  • make your book pitch-ready: take your novel, non-fiction book or story / poetry collection from draft to submission and beyond – new June 2015 – you can receive this course during September only for just $1 / £1 (normally £19 / $25) by entering the code MB-SEPT15-POUND (or click here)see below for the course description

COMING SOON:

  • scenarios monthly series – a series of volumes designed to last 31 days, each providing 31 scenarios plus three exercises per scenario and tip every day! (price: £7 / $9)
  • creating compelling characters (price: £19 / $25)
  • dynamic dialogue (price: £19 / $25)
  • great grammar (price: £12 / $15)
  • and anything else I can think of…

In-person and online:

  • creative writing – beginners (online price: t.b.a.)
  • creative writing – intermediate (online price: t.b.a.)
  • writing genres (online price: t.b.a.)
  • plan and write a novel (online price: t.b.a.)
  • ideas and inspiration (online price: £7 / $9 per volume)
  • short stories and flash fiction (online price: t.b.a.)
  • editing your fiction (online price: £19 / $25)
  • eBooking (online price: £7 / $9)
  • blogging (online price: £7 / $9)

If you are interested in any of my courses or if there a writing course you’d like to do that I’ve not listed, please either email me or complete the form below. In the meantime, here are the course descriptions:

  • Make your book Pitch-ready course summary: This course covers the key aspects required to take your book from its final draft to submission to an industry professional as well as an overview of dealing with rejections and acceptances. The eleven lectures consist of audio-accompanied videos, back-up resources (documents, pictures and videos) or quizzes. Starting with the manuscript’s content and layout, this course then looks at creating a synopsis, elevator pitch and tagline, creating a cover letter then looks at the submission process, how to handle rejections and what to do when you are accepted. This course is ideal for anyone who has completed – or is nearing completion of – a novel, non-fiction book or collection of short stories or poetry. It provides encouragement for anyone who has been rejected – or fears it – with statistics of authors who have made it despite the odds being against them.
  • Writer’s Block Workbook vol 1 course summary: This course provides over 100 sentence beginnings to aid the writer to create new stories, three daily for five weeks. At the end of each week, there is a related writing tip with other guidance along the way. Explained in clear, simple language with audio, together with the words on the screen, the videos can be paused at any time. The slides are available to download along with other support materials. The course is structured over nine lectures (of between two and five minutes’ duration) with an introduction, explanation of points of view, tenses and week-by-week prompts and tips, concluding in the final lecture. Suitable for writers of any age and experience with support from, and contact details for, the tutor.
  • Writer’s Block Workbook vol 2 course summary: This course provides over 100 sets of keywords to aid the writer to create new stories, three daily for five weeks. At the end of each week, there is a related writing tip with other guidance along the way. Explained in clear, simple language with audio, together with the words on the screen, the videos can be paused at any time. The slides are available to download along with other support materials. The course is structured over nine lectures (of between two and five minutes’ duration) with an introduction, explanation of points of view, tenses and week-by-week prompts, concluding in the final lecture. Suitable for writers of any age and experience with support from and contact details for the tutor.
  • Writing Tips – Part 1 course summary: These thirty-two lectures highlight key aspects of creative writing, and include thirty tips, each one accompanied by three related exercises to spark your creativity. The course is taught via video slides with clear audio narration from a native English speaker who is not only a writer but also a freelance editor, blogger, and creative writing tutor for a variety of clients. Terminology is simple, ideal for those for whom English is a second language. Depending upon the student’s timeframe, the course, without pausing, lasts just under an hour and a half. If completing one tip with its exercises per day, the course could last a month, or at one exercise per day, this course contains three months’ worth of content. No specific materials are required other than pen / pencil and paper or blank document. All slides and mentioned handouts are provided as downloadable documents. If you have no prior creative writing knowledge, this course will provide a strong foundation on which to build a body of work. If you already have some knowledge, it will refresh those skills and improve your confidence going forward. An accompanying ‘part 2’ course provides 30 tips and 90+ exercises concentrating on the craft of writing and will enhance the skills learned from ‘part 1’.
  • Writing Tips – Part 2 course summary: These thirty-two lectures highlight key aspects of the craft of creative writing, and include thirty tips, each one accompanied by three related exercises to enhance your writing skills. The course is taught via video slides with clear audio narration from a native English speaker who is not only a writer but also a freelance editor, blogger, and creative writing tutor for a variety of clients. Terminology is simple, ideal for those for whom English is a second language. Depending upon the student’s timeframe, the course, without pausing, lasts just under an hour and a half. If completing one tip with its exercises per day, the course could last a month, or at one exercise per day, this course contains three months’ worth of content. No specific materials are required other than pen / pencil and paper or blank document. All slides and mentioned handouts are provided as downloadable documents. If you have no prior creative writing knowledge, this course will provide a strong foundation on which to build a body of work. If you already have some knowledge, it will refresh those skills and improve your confidence going forward. An accompanying ‘part 1’ course provides 30 tips and 90+ exercises concentrating on sparking creativity, aimed at writers of any age and experience.
  • Entering Writing Competitions course summary: These fourteen lectures highlight key aspects of entering writing competitions, and include a variety of insider tips followed by a dozen competition-related exercises. The course is taught via video slides with clear audio narration from a native English speaker who is not only a writer but also a freelance editor, blogger, and creative writing tutor for a variety of clients. Terminology is simple, ideal for those for whom English is a second language. Depending upon the student’s timeframe, the course, without pausing the video, lasts just over half an hour. If completing one exercise per day, however, the course could last a couple of weeks. No specific materials are required other than pen / pencil and paper or blank document. All slides and mentioned handouts are provided as downloadable documents. If you have no prior creative writing knowledge, this course will provide a strong foundation on which to build a body of work. If you already have some knowledge, it will refresh those skills and improve your confidence going forward. Accompanying ‘writing tips’ and ‘editing your fiction’ courses provide tips and exercises concentrating on sparking creativity and improving writing skills, aimed at writers of any age and experience.

 

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