These fourteen lectures highlight key aspects of entering writing competitions, and include a variety of insider tips followed by a dozen competition-related exercises.
The course is taught via video slides with clear audio narration from a native English speaker who is not only a writer but also a freelance editor, blogger, and creative writing tutor for a variety of clients. Terminology is simple, ideal for those for whom English is a second language.
Depending upon the student's timeframe, the course, without pausing the video, lasts just over half an hour. If completing one exercise per day, however, the course could last a couple of weeks.
No specific materials are required other than pen / pencil and paper or blank document. All slides and mentioned handouts are provided as downloadable documents.
If you have no prior creative writing knowledge, this course will provide a strong foundation on which to build a body of work. If you already have some knowledge, it will refresh those skills and improve your confidence going forward.
Accompanying 'writing tips' and 'editing your fiction' courses provide tips and exercises concentrating on sparking creativity and improving writing skills, aimed at writers of any age and experience.
Hello. I'm Morgen With An E, a writer for over ten years (although I do remember writing a story about an ampersand when young and dabbling with limericks in my 20s, and I've always had my head in a book; formerly Stephen King but my tastes have softened somewhat… to crime and humour). Apart from killing people on paper, I also blog, am a freelance editor, and tutor for Northamptonshire County Council's Adult Learning team providing evening / Saturday creative writing and I.T. classes to the general public aged 19+.
StartThe Judge (2:03)
StartBe prepared (1:07)
StartWhat to write (2:09)
StartMake your writing ‘pop’ (0:59)
StartAn insider’s view (3:33)
StartHow are you getting on? (half-way) (0:16)
StartWhere to submit (0:50)
StartDon't write to shock
Frequently Asked Questions
It doesn't because they change but it will direct you to https://morgenbailey.wordpress.com/competitions-calendar where there are over 100 different competitions you can enter, sorted by month then regularity with details of other websites with competition information. This course will help you prepare to get to that stage.
This is a new online course so it has no reviews yet but the latest (5-star) review for Morgen's 'Writer's Block Volume 1' course reads, "With 3 sentence starters per day for more than 31 days, Morgen provides ample creative kindling. I like how the course is divided up by week and provides all the prompts in slide form. I can refer to the slides each day keeping the whole process digital. Morgen also gives a good refresher on the basic, foundational forms of writing and story development. This is a good course to take not only for writers block but also for a defense against writing-avoidance excuses. I look forward to Morgen's other course offerings."