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.
Polishing your writing before you submit.
For a clearer understanding of competition from a judge's and organiser's view.
An explanation as to why there are entry fees, and the benefits of writing competitions.
Morgen checks in to see how you're getting on.
Highlighting opportunities for submission.
Exercises inspired by emotions, and 100-word Drabbles.
We are looking at word count for this question.
Exercises inspired by overheard conversations, the future and t-shirt slogans.
This asks about the t-shirt logo mentioned in exercise six.
Exercises inspired by poetry, politics, magic and prior competition themes.
Who were mentioned?
Exercises inspired by five senses, previous competition theme and 'the end'.
A question about the 2013 theme.
Morgen asks whether you've had a good time.
Analyse the course content and where to go next.
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+.