How to be a Happy Writer

Rediscover your creative energy, regain confidence, create a focused, joyous writing life

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:

  • 90 minutes of video training, recorded during the live version of this Masterclass, including the Q & A session at the end. This is divided into four sections for ease of viewing.
  • PLUS extra, specially designed bonus resources to accompany the Masterclass:
  • The slide presentation of the Masterclass, yours to download
  • Bonus resource #1: downloadable handout of Inspired Reading
  • Bonus resource #2: downloadable handout of Advice for Inspired Action
  • Bonus resource #3: downloadable 15 page How to be a Happy Writer Workbook


Success is liking yourself, liking what you do, and liking how you do it. Maya Angelou

Your Instructor

Lorna Fergusson
Lorna Fergusson

I run Fictionfire Literary Consultancy at 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

Frequently Asked Questions

When does the class start and finish?
The course starts now and never ends! It is a completely self-paced online class - you decide when you start and when you finish.
How long do I have access to the course?
After enrolling, you have unlimited access to this course for as long as it is available, across any and all devices you own.
What if I am unhappy with the course?
It matters that you are happy with the course. If you are unsatisfied with your purchase, contact me in the first 30 days and I will give you a full refund.
Who is this course for?
How to be a Happy Writer is designed to help and encourage all writers, whether they're beginners or more experienced.
Will this help me, no matter what kind of writing I do?
Whether you're writing fiction, non-fiction, drama or poetry, How to be a Happy Writer aims to help you with your blocks and doubts, increasing your clarity and enjoyment as a writer.
What about the price and digital sales tax?
IMPORTANT NOTE: the set price for the class is $57 but if you live in the EU digital sales tax will be added, at the rate applicable to your country. This is a legal obligation. You will see this price when you click to make your payment.

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!

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