"Having studied The Comprehensive Creative Writing course for would-be authors, I can say that it contains much useful information and advice. In particular, I admired the Modules which are concerned with the writing of text books and of various genres of novels. While it is rightly emphasised that the best way of learning to write is by practising the craft, the manuals and the personal tuition which comprise the course will provide any beginner with valuable guidance."
Michael Legat is a former Editorial Director of Corgi Books and of Cassells. He is now a full-time writer who has published five novels and several non-fiction books, the latter including ‘An Author's Guide to Publishing' and ‘Writing for Pleasure and Profit'. He teaches Creative Writing and lectures widely.
"THE PERFECT introduction to the wonderland of writing, with all its shades and textures, its emotions and excitements. This is a course which never tries to avoid the truth many writers try to avoid: that there is rarely any gain without pain; that you are likely to need both flair and discipline if you really want to write well. Whether it be for fun or profit, or both.
"You are given a feel for words and the inspiration to search for those descriptive phrases which enable you to communicate your true feelings. You are provided with the framework for creating an organised approach to making the most of your talents. The topics are so varied that even a professional would benefit from this course!"
Tim Taylor is a journalist who has had work published in newspapers ranging from The Times to The Sport. He has worked on morning and evening papers in Manchester and Birmingham, as a staffman in Fleet Street and as a Sports Editor.
"It's so hard for new writers to know exactly where to start. They're bombarded with all kinds of writing all around them and sometimes haven't a clue about the kind of writing they want to do themselves, or the path they want to take. The Creative Writing course with its comprehensive and consistent advice covers all aspects of writing, thus clearing the confusion and encouraging the student to find the track to which their own voice and their own talents are most suited. The set assignments help to foster good attitudes towards self-discipline and give a kind of mock deadline perspective – good apprenticeship skills.
"The most difficult thing, for beginners, is knowing just how to mould brilliant ideas into workable material. It is sometimes extremely difficult to step away from the performance that happens inside the head and take a long, clear look at what one has actually written on paper. There has to be no room for misinterpretation but, often, the two presentations bear little resemblance to one another. New writers have difficulty observing this. They assume so much knowledge of plot, characters, structure etc or the ‘internal' play that it is next to impossible for them to stand back in the role of editor/ producer and examine the words they have actually written as though seeing them for the first time. They miss many of the gaps and flaws which can become only too obvious on read-through or presentation.
"The Creative Writing course overcomes this difficulty by showing the student how to develop all of a play's separate elements one by one and bring them together into a cohesive unit, so that each supports the others in energising the original concept."
Irene Yates is a full time writer who wears four different writing hats. She writes for stage and for radio, and has won many awards for her plays. She also writes educational books, both for teachers and for students, and articles for educational publications. Her third hat is as a writer of children's stories and poems and her fourth is as a writer of articles and fiction for women's magazines. It has to be said that her first love is the stage and if she could choose who to be in her next life, it would be Henrik Ibsen!
"I won the 2015 Flirty Fiction Prima Magazine and Mills and Boon competition. The prize was £500, a three page feature in the magazine and the chance to work with Mills and Boon on my book. This came out on 21st April 2016."
"Also I have three stories in three anthologies with other authors – we’ve raised almost £2,000 for cancer charities"
Rachel Dove - Writers Bureau Writer of the Year 2016