Friday, 11 January 2013

How to be a writer

Remember the creative writing e-course? Remember those lessons, delivered weekly to your inbox, the exercises, and the online peer mentoring forums? Well, one of the Alumni has only gone and got herself a publishing deal, hasn't she? And we were both invited into the studios of BBC Lincolnshire yesterday to tell the story.

In case you didn't know, a couple of years ago, flushed by my own modest success and wildly over-confident about my abilities, I created a free ten-week, online course for new writers. We even published an end-of-term anthology, Tiny Acorns, containing the best of the students' work.

It all started, as with a lot of success stories, with disappointment. Having signed up to a college course and been let down, blogger Carol Smith happened casually to ask if I knew of any other options. And I sallied forth rather foolishly and said I'd fill the breach with a course of my own, on line, especially for her (and - ultimately - a few hundred others from as far afield as Canada and Australia).

The rest, as they say, is history. Or it would be if there wasn't still so much interest. The book of the course (containing all the lessons ) is still selling (proceeds to Children in Need), an advanced course was commissioned by publishers Need2Know (and released last year) and now, finally, a book deal for Jeannette Ellwood.

Here's that interview:


  1. Fantastic. Congrats to both of you!

  2. How fantastic, well done to you all!!

  3. Wow! You just never know how things will turn out in the end. This is certainly a happy story for you both!

    1. You certainly don't Rebecca... and I don't think I'd have predicted this outcome either!


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