Creative Writing For Beginners
"I have nothing but good things to say about this course. My writing has improved so much and I can finally see the touch I believed I was missing before. The tutor was amazing. Her constructive feedback and tips helped me a lot; the articles and blogs she referred me to gave me great insight as to how my writing could be improved. All I can say to my fellow writers is that this course is a great tool to enhancing your skills." Read more
"I have enjoyed the course enormously and I feel like I have learnt an incredible amount. I think the course has offered me more than I expected and the process for submitting work and having it reviewed has been really good. I would certainly consider taking another course with The Writers' Academy if it was relevant to my future learning." Read more
Fantastic news - Kirsty has just signed a two-book publishing deal with publishers Allen & Unwin.
"The tutors were very generous, and happy to answer any follow-up questions. The feedback on my work was invaluable. It meant we could hone our work and redo it - which is really what writing is all about." Read more
"I found the whole experience uplifting and inspiring. My tutor was Barbara and I thought her excellent. The most useful part of the course was interacting with fellow writers and showing them my work. It's very interesting seeing other people's creative writing, and I loved this part – I would get excited logging on and reading the others writer's work, and the chat rooms were excellent." Read more
"I enjoyed both courses: I found them challenging (in a good way) and my skills improved greatly as a result. I was impressed by the amount of course content, the videos and articles, and I found the interaction with other people on the course incredibly useful and confidence-boosting. I thought both courses were structured very well, focusing on different issues or aspects of writing each week." Read more
"This was my first attempt at writing fiction for over thirty years, so the whole creative challenge I found exciting and exhilarating. I created a character in the very first week who seemed to grow as the course developed, which was very satisfying. Our tutor was excellent – supporting and guiding us with just the right level of encouragement." Read more
"I really enjoyed the course. To be honest, I was surprised by how good it was! My tutor has been a brilliant tutor. She's supportive, encouraging and also very tough with her edits. Show not tell and adverbs are on my blacklist now. I've really enjoyed working with her. The course notes are excellent and to a really high standard. It was intelligently pitched." Read more
"The tutor was more than helpful and encouraging. I loved working with her. She opened doors and shed light over many aspects concerning my writing. She was very generous with her feedback and time."
Constructing a Novel
"I thought the course was particularly well structured, and I have made significant progress in the writing of my book. I am now really grateful that I have the key crux points of my novel written as they have given me an anchor from which to write from, and a point to return to when I get stuck. It was also helpful to watch podcasts where even established writers confessed to sometimes feeling that their work was unsatisfactory. Knowing that having periods of a lack of confidence or belief in your work is not confined to aspiring novelists is very encouraging." Read more
"Within three months of joining the course I had completed the first draft of a major piece of fiction - a 130,000 word novel. There is no question in my mind that the quality and sensitivity of the feedback on exercises from the course Tutor was invaluable. It contributed not only to learning, but built confidence - as did the support of fellow students on the forum. The whole experience has provided strong foundations to build on, the confidence to keep going, and a network of fellow writers with whom to share the highs and lows." Read more
"The course was successful due to the high level of professionalism the team displayed. I would definitely recommend these courses to anyone who has an inkling of becoming an author. These courses were not just about learning a few techniques, but they instilled a belief that writing a novel and obtaining a publishing contract is a distinct possibility." Read more
Mary Ann Hutchinson
"It was clear from the first week that this course had been very well put together with a lot of thought. Thanks to my tutor’s editorial help and invaluable comments, my writing improved exponentially, and continues to improve day by day. My only regret is that there isn’t a further course I could do with her tutelage, or an ongoing one that I could do for the rest of my writing life." Read more
"I loved the course! It felt great to be in the forum with other writers, who understood the way I felt and we could share our experiences. I found it a very worthwhile experience, and it was worth investing in my writing. My tutor, Barbara, was fantastic! I knew I wanted to learn from experts and I wasn't disappointed." Read more
"Of all the writing courses I've taken this is the best one. The tutor was amazing! I continue to write daily. In fact, I now plan on finding a literary agent for the novel I was writing and submitted as part of the class."