Starts 5 June 2017. Learn to see, hear and think like a writer and become an idea-generating machine.

You can learn how to see, hear and think like a writer with Writers’ HQ’s new online creative writing course, Seven Ideas in Seven Days.  Designed to fit around every day life and a busy schedule wherever you are in the world, we’ll give you techniques and exercises for generating ideas and turning them into usable outlines for brilliant stories.

*Pershwing* And as if by magic, an idea appeared. No really, that’s how it works. Ideas come from out of your brain. It’s a facetious answer, but also the correct answer. Not that it necessarily helps you much right now.

Ideas are the bedrock of story writing (OBVIOUSLY). Sometimes they come thick and fast, and sometimes they seem to languish in the dank cellar of your subconscious and refuse to come out to play.

Over the next seven days, we’ll help you feed your brain to germinate those idea-seeds. Seedy ideas? Something like that. Anyway, the course: we’ll give you techniques to spot ideas in both the fantastic and the mundane, exercises to encourage them to grow and bloom, ways to record them for when you need them, and generally help you get into the habit of THINKING.

By the end you will have: seven ideas that can be grown into fully fledged stories, or inserted into existing stories to make them even betterererer.


  • Seven ideas that you can use, grow, nurture, or throw on the floor in frustration (then pick up again and hope no one saw)
  • Daily inspiration, whip-cracking, writing exercises and prompts
  • Top tips from tip-top authors
  • A private student forum to discuss ideas, techniques and get advice from your tutors and fellow writers
  • Dedicated support by email from your fantastic tutors
  • Join the LOVELY social media community of Writers HQers


Course Curriculum

Day 0
Magical thinking FREE 00:45:00
Ideas people aren’t magic, they’re just doing something a little bit different – what is it?
Day 1
Write about what you don’t know 01:00:00
Writing about what you know doesn’t mean turning the daily tedium of your commute in to an 800 page experimental novel. With content from Costa Award-winning novelist Emma Healey.
Day 2
An author thought up a killer title, and you won’t believe what happens next 01:00:00
Can you retrofit a story idea from a cool title?
Day 3
It starts with a kiss 01:00:00
The idea is not the be-all and end-all. It’s a starting point. And big stories can come from the smallest of places. Aims: look at ways of picking ideas out of every day small things.
Day 4
More than a feeling 01:00:00
Turning your vague feelings of ennui into a killer story
Day 5
Feed your brain – ask it questions 01:00:00
Questions are a writers most powerful tool
Day 6
Big idea/small idea 01:00:00
Not every idea will end up as a full plot, but they’re still useful.
Day 7
A very tiny novel 00:30:00
Get yersen from a vague idea to a story idea

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