Have you always dreamed of being a writer but find yourself stuck in dither and doubt?
Have you been writing for a while but somehow you've lost the joy?
How to be a Happy Writer shows you the quick and easy route to confidence and renewed fulfilment. This Masterclass will help you clear your blocks, clarify your intentions and reclaim your purpose. You'll learn practical ways to rediscover your creative energy, silence that inner critic and revive both imagination and intention. This inspiring class will help you dump that dither and doubt so that you can create a focused, joyous writing life.
Fire up your imagination and fuel your self-belief!
Why I'm offering this training
I've run in-person workshops and courses since 2000 and during that time I've helped so many writers at every level overcome their blocks and find their way to fulfilment through creative expression.
I've also seen writers beat themselves up to such an extent that they lose sight of what should be core to their lives as writers: pleasure, relaxation, self-expression, pride in what they create.
How to be a Happy Writer is the first of a series of guides for you, the Fired-up Writer. I'm creating fast standalone trainings to help you with various aspects of writing, including techniques and mindset challenges. This Masterclass was originally a live training which I recorded and have now made available to you as a self-study class – with some extra surprises!
I want to do something splendid ... I think I shall write books. Louisa May Alcott
Here's what's included:
Success is liking yourself, liking what you do, and liking how you do it. Maya Angelou
I run Fictionfire Literary Consultancy at www.fictionfire.co.uk. An award-winning short story writer and novelist, I'm an editor, consultant and writing coach, based in the UK. I've spent my whole life loving books and my whole professional life helping people understand the power of words and story, from high school students learning why classic texts have stayed the test of time, to writers learning to wield word-power for themselves.
I taught English Literature for many years but when I became a published author I was increasingly invited to talk about creative writing. I have taught on writing courses run by Oxford University since 2002 and at the University of Winchester's Writers' Festival since 2000. I loved sharing advice and experience with writers so much I wanted to take it further, so I founded Fictionfire Literary Consultancy in 2009.
Fictionfire has been a great adventure: I've designed workshops, run day courses at Trinity College, Oxford and writing retreats in Oxford and Cornwall. I've mentored writers through their writing projects, evaluated their manuscripts, pointed them in the right direction when they want to take their work to market. In 2017 alone, I edited 1.2 million words!
Now it's time to take another step in this Fictionfire adventure by sharing my expertise through online courses, so that I can bring my knowledge, practical help and that undying love of the world of story to more writers, whether new or more experienced, wherever they live. Join me!
"She is one of the best instructors I've ever had, sharing a depth of understanding that I could immediately apply to my own stories. She combines her mastery with a hearty sense of humor that makes learning easy, rewarding and fun."
- JoBeth McDaniel, author and journalist
I love writing. I love the swirl and swing of words as they tangle with human emotions.
James A. Michener
You may be a new writer starting out and assailed by doubts. You may be more experienced, undermined by your inner critic and starting to wonder why you ever thought writing would be a pleasure. How to be a Happy Writer will help you to a renewed purpose, with clear-sighted, common-sense advice guiding you to an understanding of why it's so important to enjoy the process. You'll regain resilience, rediscover the joy of words, find a whole new positive perspective. Banish inhibition and negativity – be a Happy Writer! Join us!