Category Archives: courses

Launching my Writing Picture Books online course

I’m very pleased to share with you that I can now offer an 6 week online course in writing picture books.  I’m really excited about this as it’s something I’ve been wanting to create for ages, and I’ve tried to include everything I wish I’d known at the beginning (and some things I’m still learning now)!

Writing Picture Books poster

The course covers researching, drafting, using appropriate language, crafting plots, creating memorable characters, how to lay out your text and how to approach publishers and/or agents.  By the end of the course you will have created a final (or close to final) draft of a complete picture book, with feedback from me all the way.  Although the course materials will be sent once a week, there is no time limit so you can set the pace yourself.

Payment is £150 payable before the start date of either 1 May or 4 September 2019.  Please email me if you would like to enrol or use the form below.  Looking forward to working with you!

Click here to download course outline

Click here to pay via PayPal (or contact me for bank transfer details)

 

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Signed book giveaway and workshop

The SnugglewumpMy new picture book The Snugglewump illustrated by Kate Chappell is out!  The Snugglewump is a featureless comforter with an inferiority complex.  When it hears the other toys arguing about which of them Molly loves best, it crawls out of the cat flap and ends up in a puddle in the local park.  Will the Snugglewump be reunited with Molly?  Could it be that she loves it best after all?  To find out, why not enter my free signed copy giveaway?  Just comment below and tell me what age group you like to write for and why.  I will print off the comments and draw one out of a hat!

Also I’m running a two hour picture book writing workshop at the Get Writing 2017 conference at Oaklands College, St Albans, on Saturday 3 June.  It’s an all day event where you pick which workshops you would like to attend as well as talks and opportunities to pitch to agents and publishers.  Plus lunch!  A lovely day – I have attended several times in the past.  More details and tickets available here.

Free creative writing session!

If you are in reach of Luton, I’m running a free creative writing taster session next Wednesday 15 June as part of Festival of Learning.  Previously known as Adult Learners’ Week, Festival of Learning gives everyone a chance to try something new for free.

My session will be all about how to generate ideas and get your creative juices flowing, so it’s suitable for experienced writers who want a few fun techniques as well as those new to writing.  No need to book, just turn up and enjoy!

Festival of learning leaflet

Blogging for Beginners courses

I will be running some Blogging for Beginners courses for Luton Adult Learning in the next few weeks.  Each course is a one-off workshop and the first one is on Saturday 9 March 10am-3pm in Luton, Bedfordshire.  The workshop will cover all the basics you need to start blogging, including setting up a free WordPress blog, creating content to attract readers, assigning categories and tags so your posts will be picked up in search engines, managing comments and design.  By the end of the day you will have an attractive, content-rich blog to be proud of!  Ideal for people who want to start blogging to promote their own small business, share a hobby or as a creative writing venture.  The cost for the day is £54 and includes a free USB stick – but bring your own lunch!

Please spread the word or, if you are interested in attending, contact Luton Adult Learning on 01582 490033 to enrol.