WRITING
WITHOUT
FEAR

DON’T LET FEAR CRUSH YOUR CREATIVITY!
Face it. Write it.
Do. The. Thing.

Starts Monday 3 August 2020

"Thank you! I was putting off starting ... thinking why am I bothering, what makes me think I could ever become a writer and why would anyone want to read anything I write? I think [fear of failure] applies to so many issues in life, not just writing." Pauline Braisher

Are your writing fears holding you back? Be not afeared. All is well. 

Our Writing Without Fear course contains a metric tonne of tips, tricks and advice on boosting your confidence, overcoming self-doubt, and dealing with the many terrifying aspects of the writing process.

Stuff like…   

  • The dreaded blank page <gasp> 
  • Good old imposter syndrome <argh> 
  • The existential horror of writer’s block <no, please, stop>
  • Your mortal enemy: the inner critic <oof>
  • And… dun dun duuuuun: REJECTION <faints> 

We know. It’s scary. Take a moment to compose yourself, take a big whiff of the smelling salts, and gird your loins, because by the end of this course you’ll have all the tools you need to defeat each and every one of those dastardly fiends, achieving epic-level freedom from fear.

Learn how to recognise, avoid, and smash the writerly fears that are stopping you from achieving your goals.

Gentle challenges at the end of each email will help you to defeat your writing fears with the power of the mighty pen!

Join our lovely little online community to support you through your writing journey and beyond, plus peer and WHQ feedback.

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“Writers’ HQ gave me the confidence to write. I’ve had short stories, poems, and a children’s book published. Through hundreds of tiny steps and stumbles, each one supported by the Writers HQ community, I am finally happy to call myself a writer. It has become my job.”


Lisa Fransson
author, Älgpappan

“The endless enthusiasm and encouragement of Sarah and Jo has worked magic. My novella-in-flash was published by Ellipsis and won Best Novella in the Saboteur Awards 2019 and I’m now represented by super-agent Sheila Crowley at Curtis Brown.”


Stephanie Hutton
author, Three Sisters of Stone

“With Jo and Sarah’s help I put together a query letter that got me four full requests from the slush-pile, three offers of representation and ultimately, an agent. There’s a reason I mention WHQ in the acknowledgements of my debut novel – they are awesome.”


Emma Read
author, Milton the Mighty

ALL THE AWESOME-SAUCEOME STUFF YOU GET

  • A comprehensive shakedown of all the many confidence-zapping anxieties that dwell within the writer’s brain (and how to overcome them!)
  • Learn how to say NO to self-doubt, tell your inner critic to get in the bin, and drop kick imposter syndrome all the way to the moon.
  • Daily inspiration, whip-cracking, writing exercises and challenges, and access to our private forum full of super cool people

HOW IT WORKS

  • Enrol

    Once you’ve joined you’ll get an email confirming your place and explaining everything you need to know.

  • Read, watch, do

    The lessons are a mix of text, images, videos and exercises. To get the most out of the course, try to give yourself at least 30 minutes a day to read or watch the material and do the exercises. We’ve made them as bite-size as possible but also if you wanna do the thing you gotta do the work.

  • No rush

    This course is written to be done over 7 days but the content will sit in your inbox for as long as you like so you can work at your own pace and because life always gets in the way and also because we’re nice.

  • No money? No problem

    This course is FREEEEE!

  • Milk no sugar

    Drink plenty of tea, stock up on biscuits, gin for later. Enjoy it. It’s supposed to be fun. Love you. Mwah.

FARQUAR

WHO ARE YOU PLEASE?

We’re Writers’ HQ and you can check out our super groovy modern Internet website here www.writershq.co.uk. We run online creative writing courses and retreats for badass writers with no time or money.

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I DON’T LIKE GIN, SWEARING, OR JOKES FORGED FROM THE DEPTHS OF THE INTERNET

Yeah no we’re probably not for you then. Our approach isn’t for everyone (your first clue is in our logo). We swear more than is ‘ladylike’ and use gifs when we could use our words. But, eh, fuck it. We don’t believe that linguistic purity or literary snobbery does anyone any favours. If we’re not a match for you, thanks for giving us a go and good luck with your writing – we wish you every success. But if, like us, you’ve never found your rightful place in the writing world and think WHQ could be just the ticket – welcome home, come in, grab a cuppa, we’ve been waiting for you (in a totally non sinister way ofc).

WHAT ARE YOU SIGNING UP FOR?

The Writing Without Fear course contains 7 days of of writing tips and prompts, inspirational bollocks, and literary swearing, all delivered to your inbox.

Start on 3 August, join our lovely little community, and GET WRITING.

You could see out the month with the writing confidence of a BOSS…

Just wang your email address in the thingy and we’ll send you all the goodies.

And yes, it’s free, FREEEEE! (But obviously we’re gonna try to sell you stuff in the emails. You can ignore that stuff. We don’t care. We don’t. It’s fine. WE SAID IT’S FINE.)

WHERE ARE THE T&Cs THAT I’LL NEVER READ?

They’re here. We store your data in a handful of places – Mailchimp primarily, and if you sign up to our courses then we use Zapier and Thinkific. All are GDPR compliant. You can unsubscribe at any time.

ALSO TOO AS WELL

We swear a lot. It’s just who we are as people. If you don’t like swearing, please don’t sign up and then email us with how offended you are because that’s a silly waste of everyone’s time. OKAY THANKS FOR THE CHAT.

"I have these thoughts all the time... I practically whisper when I tell people I'm 'a writer'. Great advice. Maybe I'll start shouting it aloud soon..."
Kimberley Burbidge

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