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Marks on the Page Writing Workshop

Marks on the Page - A Writer's Guide
to the Techniques of Narrative Fiction

Six-session online workshop, 1 - 1.5 hours per session, live teaching, via Zoom.

The length of the sessions varies depending on the session topic and the questions and discussions that arise.
Sessions will be a minimum of one hour.

Only ten places available on each workshop

 Tuesday 1st March 2022 at 7.15pm for six weeks ending on 5th April 2022

time shown is GMT then BST after 28th March 2022

Workshop fee: £159.99

(the meeting invite will be emailed to you a couple of days before your workshop is due to start. If you do not receive your invite, with the Zoom link, by the day before your workshop then please check your junk/spam folder to see if it is there. If not, please contact or

Join us in our Zoom classroom for a six-session creative writing workshop from the comfort of your own home.

With numbers strictly limited to ten, this six-session workshop will guide you through a variety of writing techniques that will help make your writing sparkle. You’ll be shown how to put words together in a way that will keep your readers engaged and wanting more.

Once you've completed the workshop you’ll have the chance to have a 1000 words assessed by workshop leader, Phil Busby.

This is a great opportunity to develop your writing skills and make friends with others on the same journey. It’ll be exciting, stretching, lots of fun, and give you the confidence to take your writing forward. This workshop is suitable for writers who want to develop their fiction writing skills, including beginners and copy editors who want to know what to look out for when editing fiction.

Workshop Outline:

Each session will start with some writing chat to help the group get to know each other, relax and settle into a creative mind set. Some of the exercises in the workshops will be completed as a group and others on your own. Phil takes subjects that are sometimes ‘boring’ and difficult and makes them fun and easier to understand.

Week 1: The Object of the Exercise – in this session you’ll discuss what makes writing ‘good’. You’ll explore how to take the story in your head and transfer it onto the page by manipulating the writers’ creative material – words. We look at the sort of things that can stop readers from reading and then how to make your writing 'gorgeous' throughout your work.

Week 2: Nuts and Bolts – find out why it’s important that your spelling, punctuation and grammar are correct and learn about the tools you can use to help you if you find these things difficult. You’ll think about how the vocabulary you choose can make your writing dull as grey skies or shine bright as the sun. Plus, you’ll be shown how to professionally layout your manuscript.

Week 3: Writing Techniques 1 – here you’ll explore tense, point of view and narrative voice. Find out how to choose the right one for you and how to stick to your choice.

Week 4: Writing Techniques 2 – this week you’ll be looking at every creative writing tutor’s pet mantra, ‘Show, Don’t Tell’. Find out exactly what this means and how to apply it to your writing.

Week 5: Writing Techniques 3 and Editing Techniques 1 – you’ll have fun looking at three things to avoid in your writing: clichés, adverbs and passive voice. Then you’ll work as a group editing a piece of work putting into practice everything you’ve learned so far.

Week 6: Editing Techniques 2 – once you have a first draft written it’s time to start editing. Here you’ll learn the single most important editing rule, then look at how to make sure you get a good rhythm into your work and why it’s so important.

We don’t set homework between each session as we hope you’ll be applying what you learn to the piece you'll be submitting at the end of the workshop.

Workshop notes will be emailed to you at the end of each session.

Workshop fee: £159.99


Phil Busby


Workshop Leader: Phil Busby – E.N. (M) B.A. Hons

A playwright, singer-songwriter and author, Phil works in course development for The Writers Bureau, Manchester. Originally a psychiatric nurse, he studied Theatre at Dartington College of Arts before working across Europe for ten years as a performer, writer and workshop leader.

By taking part in this workshop you will:

  • meet other writers on the same journey as you

  • have time to ask questions as there are only ten participants per group

  • develop an understanding of how to manipulate words to produce great writing that people will want to keep reading

  • find out how to avoid the common pitfalls writers often fall into

  • learn how to set out your manuscript professionally

  • gain increased self-confidence to take your writing forward on your own

  • receive constructive feedback on 1000 words of your writing.


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This workshop is run by Budding Writers in partnership with The Writers Bureau

We’re operating as normal in these unusual times.

So don’t worry about your studies. All our tutors work from home and we’re set up for HQ staff to work remotely.  You’ll still be able to contact us if you need to. All you have to do is stay healthy and keep your brain active by studying your course.

Annemarie Munro Writers Bureau's Student of the Year 2022

"I have seen my writing journey as an adventure: What can I write? What am I best at? What new aspects of writing can I discover and contribute towards? I have welcomed the wide range of modules covering different types of writing, challenging me to try new aspects in style and content, pushing me gently outside my comfort zone with encouragement.

"I signed up for the course in December 2020 as a Christmas present to myself and I started the first module in January 2021. I have had eight pieces published: three paid earning £1080 and a star letter where I won a £250 hotel voucher."

Annemarie Munro - Writers Bureau Student of the Year 2022

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