Becoming a Writer course

Becoming a Writer Course – open for applications

Becoming a writer is a 12-week course for writers of all abilities. It is specifically aimed at people who put off writing, for whatever reason, or who find themselves listening to that inner critic, more than they ought.

Becoming a writer won’t teach you how to write – there are no rules on writing, and how to structure a novel, short story or poem. So if you’re interested in that sort of course, don’t waste your time here. We won’t teach you how to write, and there are plenty of places you can find that support.

This course is personal. I’ve been on this road many times, a road I would say is, for recovering creatives. People who find themselves distracted from their creative pursuits, put their energy in developing other people’s writing, and forego their own. So this one, is for me, and those of us, who may be writers masquerading as editors, critics, journalists, reviewers or book bloggers. It is for people who may have written a novel, only to discount it, and who may even claim that writing isn’t for them. The help is here – if you’re willing. The road is wide open, and a scenic route is necessary.

You won’t find any shortcuts here. I can’t promise you’ll be published within a year, or to teach you writing tips and secrets so you’ll write a novel every year for as long as live. I can’t promise that you’ll write anything at all very well. But what I’ve found from having followed these practices is that I do write, and that by writing I feel alive, I feel like I’m finally doing something, that I want, and should be doing – apart from baking cookies/ making biryani / copy writing / reviewing someone else’s book (delete as appropriate). What I find is, that I’m no longer putting off, or procrastinating. I’m just writing.

If you’ve got this far – well done! You might be wondering what these  practices are. Julia Cameron’s The Artist’s Way is one, and Dorothea Brande’s Becoming a Writer is another. You could just go ahead and buy these books and get started already – without this course or without our help. But we hope you’ll consider joining us and helping us to create a shared learning experience.

There are 20 spaces on this course. Places are free and you can join us from any part of the world. All we ask is you have regular access to an internet connection and that you attend each session with an open mind. You’ll need to commit around 4-6 hours to this each week, so please don’t apply if you are unable to do this.

What will you learn:

  • a helpful guide and strategy to help you focus on your writing
  • tools to help you unblock
  • exercises to help you reconnect with your creative self

The course will be delivered online and begins on February 6th 2017. Participation via twitter isn’t mandatory but highly encouraged.

To apply please email the following, in the body of an email, to editor@theasianwriter.co.uk:

  1. A personal statement (of no more than 250 words) of why you’d like to participate and how you think it will benefit you and your writing
  2. A sample of your writing – (no more than 500 words
  3. A biography and links to your website / twitter (if any)

Please ensure your email subject is clearly marked ‘Becoming a writer application.’ Attachments won’t be opened, and any applications with attachments will not be considered.

The deadline for applications is 31st January 2017. Applications will be assessed in the order they are received. We strongly recommend you apply as early as possible.

Advanced Fictions Writers Course – closed

Following the success of our previous online course, Becoming a Writer we’re thrilled to announce applications are now open for our brand new course. Advanced fiction writers is a 12-week course for writers of all abilities. It is specifically aimed at early-to-mid career writers who are already have a writing schedule in place but need help, inspiration or advice to develop their writing.

This course offers writers guidance, exercises and methods to progress your writing. You may be in the throes of writing a novel, revising short stories or just starting out. If you feel that you could benefit from understanding how and why good writing works this course might be a good fit.

As this is an intensive course, which will require you to read and produce writing , you need to commit at least 6-8 hours each week to completing set tasks. If you’ve already taken a writing class, done an MA, or have published a novel this course isn’t for you. There are plenty of places you can find support.

I can’t promise you that you’ll have a completed manuscript by the end of the course. What I can offer you is a supportive, nurturing environment to help you develop your own ideas and originality.

There are 16 spaces on this course. Places are free and you can join us from any part of the world. All we ask is you have regular access to an internet connection. You’ll need to commit around 6-8 hours to this each week, so please don’t apply if you are unable to do this.

What you will learn:

  • writing techniques and methods
  • a clear guide to improve and revise work
  • tips and tools to help you develop your writing skills

The course will be delivered via email and begins on September 12th 2016. Participation via twitter isn’t mandatory but highly encouraged.

To apply please email the following, in the body of an email, to editor@theasianwriter.co.uk:

  1. A personal statement (of no more than 250 words) of why you’d like to participate and how you think it will benefit you and your writing
  2. A sample of your writing – (no more than 500 words
  3. A biography and links to your website / twitter (if any)

Please ensure your email subject is clearly marked ‘Advanced fiction writers course application.’ Attachments won’t be opened, and any applications with attachments will not be considered.

The deadline for applications is 31st August 2016. Applications will be assessed in the order they are received. We strongly recommend you apply as early as possible.