WRITERS' HQ COURSE REVIEWS
- Writing Short Fiction
Best f**king course on writing short fiction, ever. 5I love this course. So much information, so many great exercises, such great feedback in the forums. Doesn't matter how you learn - there's a little something for everyone here, from videos to suggested readings to hands-on work - and some great prompts for the exercises. Helped me think about writing in invaluable new ways (distill your story down to a 140-character tweet? I can do this, I can do this...!). Kind, encouraging, clear, direct. I wrote some new stories during the course, and with the stories I already had before I started, I have lots of editing ahead of me....but at least now I KNOW WHAT TO DO! Thanks for a stellar course, Jo. Time now to stop f**king about and start editing (writing is rewriting :o).
Mary SteerPlotstormers II: The Editing Strikes Back
Thought-provoking and challenging. Well worth it! 5This is a fantastic course. It helped me step back from my manuscript, asked me difficult questions about plot, consistency and character that I'd been happily ignoring, and helped me to deal with each issue in easy to manage chunks rather than one overwhelming beast. The forums are so useful. Being able to talk to other people in a similar situation to myself, and giving as well as receiving feedback was just as important for me to learn as the course material was. I'm already booked on my next course!
SarahWriting Short Fiction
Clear and concise 5I've played around with writing short stories for a while, but this course really helped me understand them. It covers all the little techniques and tools needed to craft a really solid story. Even if you'd done other short story courses, I would recommend this one. The course is easy to understand with lots of fantastic examples to help cement your learning. The exercises are thought-provoking and enjoyable. Each section is broken into smaller sections to fit into a busy lifestyle. And the people are lovely too!
SarahPlotstormers II: The Editing Strikes Back
You won't regret it 5I signed up for this course to help keep on track with a major rewrite of my novel, hoping thereby to avoid a big editing headache at a later stage. Plotstormers II provides a clearly laid out plan of action and takes you through the deconstruction-reconstruction process a step at a time, with plenty of moral support provided by Jo and forum participants along the way. A certain amount of pain may be inevitable, but it's definitely a case of no pain no gain, and also brings to mind the advice of Mark Twain with regard to riding a bicycle: you won't regret it, if you live.
Rosemary SgroiPlotstormers II: The Editing Strikes Back
Everything I wanted and more 5I'd been tentatively picking at the second draft of my novel for a while when I signed up for this course, aware that it needed a lot of work, and afraid to properly commit to it. This course kindly but firmly took me in hand and made me look at all the things I didn't want to look at (ie everything). It gave me a synopsis (wasn't expecting that!). It helped remind me what I was trying to say in the first place and why that was important to me. It gave me a plan for my next draft. And, most importantly as far as I am concerned, it gave me the push I needed to get back to writing the novel. The forums are also really useful for bouncing ideas around, and it was so good to chat to other people who were at the same stage with their books! Thank you, thank you, Jo and Sarah - I will be back for more soon.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
When does the course start?
Our courses run at set times throughout the year. Check at the top of the course pages for the next start dates.
How long can I access the course for?
You can access material for all our six week courses for 12 weeks from the start date.
What kind of feedback can I expect?
We have an active and lively community on our private Facebook group and in-course forums. We encourage peer support as we believe critiquing other people's work is one of the best and fastest ways of learning. We coach students on giving constructive feedback in a positive way because anything else is pointless.
Course tutors are also on hand on the forums to chat and answer questions. We'll comment on most course-related topics. We don't want to be the kind of place that says 'you'll get 5 forum comments and 2 emails and NOTHING ELSE CURSE YOU STUDENTS' but in order for that to work we need you to be reasonable in return. You can't slip the first 10,000 words of your novel in a forum post and then get grumpy if we don't read it. Equally, if we've already commented on one draft of your work, it's unlikely we'll comment on the next iteration. If a topic is for peer review only, we'll make it clear in the course and on the forums.
Does it matter that I write genre?
Nope. Come one come all. We have YA, MG, supernatural horror, romance, lit fic, fantasy, not-sure-what-fic, you-name-it-fic, wizards, vampires, accountants, hackers, and occasionally dogs . Everyone is welcome in our house (except cats, because they're wankers).
Something's happened and I'M NOT HAPPY
Aah no! We want you to be happy. We really do. I mean, not all the time because that's just a bit weird like Cat from CBeebies. Seriously Cat, doesn't your face hurt? STOP SMILING.
Whatever the problem is it's most likely a small technical cockup (we have a lot of those. The Internet Gods really hate us) so just email firstname.lastname@example.org and we'll sort the problem tootsweet. But pleeeease do talk to us. We can't help unless we know there's an issue. Don't sit and stew, just give us a yell and we'll jump into action with keenness and speed. Ok? Okay. Good stuff.