SEVEN IDEAS IN SEVEN DAYS

LEARN TO SEE, HEAR, AND THINK LIKE A WRITER

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Lots of techniques to get ideas flowing, and I ended up with a number of story ideas. It's a really enjoyable course and I thoroughly recommend it, particularly to anyone who feels like they're in a bit of a rut or between projects.
- Sandra Hirons

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COURSE HOME

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.

Great ideas are the bedrock of storytelling and writing.

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.

All those ideas are in there though, hiding in your brain, just waiting for the spark that sets them free.

In this fun and fast-paced seven day course, we’ll work with you through ways to feed your brain, germinate those idea-seeds (seedy ideas?) and keep stories tumbling out of your head.

CURRICULUM

DAY 1: WRITE ABOUT WHAT YOU DON’T KNOW
That doesn’t mean turning the daily tedium of your commute in to an 800 page experimental novel

DAY 2: AN AUTHOR THOUGHT UP A KILLER TITLE, AND YOU WON’T BELIEVE WHAT HAPPENS NEXT
Can you retrofit a story idea from a cool title?

DAY 3: IT STARTS WITH A KISS
Big stories can come from the smallest of places

DAY 4: MORE THAN A FEELING
Turning your vague feelings of ennui into a killer story

DAY 5: FEED YOUR BRAIN – ASK IT QUESTIONS
Questions are a writer’s most powerful tool

DAY 6: BIG IDEA/SMALL IDEA
Not every idea will end up as a full plot, but every idea is useful

DAY 7: A VERY TINY NOVEL
Get yersen from a vague idea to a story idea

HOW IT WORKS

1. Enrol
Once you’ve joined you’ll get an email confirming your place and explaining how you access the course. Spoiler: you click a link. Super simple.

2. 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 an hour 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.

3. No rush
This course is written to be done over 7 days but if you miss a day or something comes up, don’t panic! Go at your own pace. We’ll be waiting for you in the community forums when you’re ready to catch up.

4. No money? No problem
Periodically we run this course as a freebie so please make sure you’re on our newsletter list to get notifications of that. Alternatively, if you can’t wait and have no cash, have a look at our bursary scheme.

5. Milk no sugar
Drink plenty of tea, stock up on biscuits, gin for later. Enjoy it. It’s supposed to be fun. Love you. Mwa.

WHAT YOU GET
  • 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
  • An invitation to our community forum, full of super cool people to help and support you along the way, including Team WHQ, our specially-picked and hand-baked gang of badass writers.
  • Top tips from tip-top authors
  • Techniques to spot ideas in both the fantastic and the mundane, tools to encourage ideas to grow and bloom, and skills to turn ideas into fully fledged stories

Give your writing and writing habit a vigorous shakedown. Ooer.

Finish the course with a regular, sustainable writing practice.

Join our lovely little online community to support you through starting, middling, finishing and beyond.

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They have taken me from someone who writes and created a writer. They also making a cracking cuppa. The retreats are an oasis of writing calm and an inspirational treat. Meeting fellow writers is always a treat. The online courses are not only draw out the writer you know is inside but are incredibly fun to boot.

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TUTORS

Sarah Lewis
Half of Writers’ HQ
Procrastinator Level: Set up WHQ and had a baby to avoid writing her novel

Jo Gatford
Half of Writers’ HQ
Procrastinator Level: Set up WHQ and did an MA to avoid writing her novel

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