Classes available to groups of no more than twelve. Contact me with queries or bookings at: email@example.com
WRITE ONE: A WRITER'S COURSE FOR SERIOUS WRITERS
All my courses are practical. Writers learn by writing, not by having someone tell them how to write. In my classes writers think, talk, write and then discuss. My role is to guide them into looking critically at their writing and seeing how to improve it through their own discoveries.
Write One is aimed at people who have been writing and trying to get published. The course is about learning the skills of writing to a marketable and publishable standard, through writing a short story. The course teaches the skills of a professional writer, and about what editors and publishers expect. Most students finish the course with a polished, edited and publishable short story. Possible markets are discussed for each student's work. The twenty hour course is broken into ten units. The course can be run over a Friday night to Sunday week-end, or as ten weekly sessions, or over five days. It has also been run as four individual days over a month. The format is flexible enough to cope with what the writer or writers' groups request.
MARKETING SHORT STORIES
This one day course is specifically to show writers where to find markets for their fiction and how to present their work to these markets. Participants must be computer literate and familiar with the internet.
THE SUCCESSFUL SHORT STORY
A course designed for up to five writers wanting to perfect a story for a competition or market. Each writer will have one hour of my time as well as having four hours of group input. It is amazing how a story can be improved when willing writers focus on it with the intention of perfecting it. The course is proving popular and successful.
FIVE WAYS TO BE PUBLISHED
AS A TALK FOR WRITERS' GROUPS
A one hour's talk discussing the state of publishing in New Zealand and Overseas and the five ways a writer can become published.
AS A HALF DAY COURSE
Discussing the state of publishing in New Zealand and Overseas:
Option One and how to set about it.
Tips and tricks to help you.
Option Two and how to set about it.
Urls and addresses galore.
Option Three and how to set about it.
Pick the right people, lists and tips.
Option Four and how to set about it.
Here's where to find the best information
Option Five and how to set about it.
Now let me tell you about a really good way to go.
A warning about scams, how to spot the scams sites and avoid the sharks.
HOW TO SELL INDEPENDENTLY PUBLISHED BOOKS
A day course on how to:
- Use social media to make yourself and your books noticed.
- Organise book promotions.
- Use GoodReads, Librarything and other readers sites to meet readers.
- Find the best online advice.
- Find places for radio interviews, book blog interviews, blog tours and group ventures.
- How to avoid the scams sites and find the good sites.
Writers wishing for personal tutoring can choose one of the following programmes:
1. By e-mail.
Personal assistance with how to get started and what NOT to do with specific writing problems in a short story or novel. Click here to email.
2. By visits.
A weekend session in the student’s home, or the student can visit me in my home for an hour or more.
Choosing a writer’s retreat for half a day, or a full day, at Rowan Lindsay’s South Island home.
For details of any of these options please contact me by clicking here, or copy and paste the following email into your email address line: firstname.lastname@example.org
The New Zealand Freelance Writers' Association