You’ve been working on your book idea but can’t get the outline right.
You know exactly what your story is but you don’t have a clue where to begin in putting this book together.
You’ve wanted to write this book but feel you’re cheating your other commitments and responsibilities.
You want to write a book but you hear writing a book is only for those who have a writing background.
You’ve written three chapters of your book already but can’t seem to move forward.
You want to learn creative writing but haven’t the time to study a university degree on the subject.
You want to explore what genre fits your style best but keep coming up with nothing.
You really, truly feel the calling to write a book but you can’t decide what to write about.
You’ve written a book before but feel your characters were two dimensional.
You started writing a fantasy novel but gave up because you didn’t know the pillars of world-building.
You couldn’t write an outline and gave up thinking creative writing wasn’t for you.
You feel that because you’ve never written anything more than an email that you can’t write a book.
Imagine understanding exactly what this book will mean to your readers.
Imagine knowing exactly who your readers are and why they will love your story.
Imagine knowing all the creative writing techniques used by best-selling authors.
Imagine knowing all the rules in creative writing and having the confidence to break them.
Imagine discovering your story and how to tell it in a sellable way.
Imagine being propelled to get to the end and publish it.
Imagine identifying exactly how long it will take to write your first draft… down to the date you finish that last page.
Imagine feeling deeply connected with your book’s purpose, structure and flow and begin able to write an amazing pitch.
Imagine what it feels like to connect with the characters you create and speak through them with ease.
Imagine knowing how to create a compelling plot where characters and the plot are intertwined.
Imagine learning to write creatively and feel the freedom that offers you.
Imagine the next time you’re asked what you’re writing – you hold your head up high and tell it with purpose and conviction.
Imagine holding your book in your hand.
Imagine proudly and unashamedly calling yourself AUTHOR.
Maybe you’ve already been writing your book for years and time keeps getting in the way.
Maybe you listen to those around you who limit your capabilities.
Maybe you listen to the voice in your head that tells you you’re not worthy of this.
Maybe you’ve started writing your book and can’t get past a few chapters because you have no idea how to structure your story.
Maybe you’ve taken a course before and it didn’t connect with you.
Maybe you’re afraid that no one will relate to you and that your stories are boring.
Maybe you’re afraid that people will see it as poorly written.
Maybe you think ‘I can’t write, therefore, I have no right to write a book.’
I created this programme to teach people creative writing, because at the core of every story is an author who writes it. That author is just like you. They too have doubts. But the one thing they continue to do is practice. And when you know the creative techniques to practice, and the way to build characters, plots, and worlds, the only thing left to do is to keep practicing.
This programme will deliver creative writing techniques that cover every genre. And within those genres you will also find creative techniques that make a reader fearful, panicked, in love and more.
I have developed this programme based on my learning at degree level, as well as my experience in writing fiction.
This programme was developed to teach you EVERYTHING you need to know to write a work of fiction including how to prepare, plan, research, create, and it guides you into the world of publishing for when you’re ready to take that step.
You will learn how to create an outline and structure your book chapter by chapter.
You will learn how to connect with your writing voice across a range of narrative styles..
You will learn how to write dialogue that moves the story forward.
Sandra - Author, Mother, Grandmother, Senior Finance Executive, CanadaI truly believe that in life we take certain paths. If we open up to the universe, the universe will respond. Writing books to inspire others is my soul’s main purpose. As we navigate through our journey, we are guided to places and people who will join us on that journey, who will partner with us, who we will form a divine connection with. I heard a clear whisper and was guided to the Academy of Writers and Cheryl. Cheryl’s online learning platform is inviting and easy to navigate. The course provides you with both academic and practical training, with hands on exercises that allow you to put your learning to work. And best of all, the course really does make you want to write! Cheryl is encouraging, provides constructive criticism and guidance. I am finally writing my book and have an inspiring, experienced teacher and coach by my side. Knowing that I do not have to do any part of this process alone and having this kind of support really does make what seemed impossible so possible. Finally.
Characters. Learn how to create, develop and connect characters with plot.
How to Prepare, Plan and Plot your Novel. Understanding the creative process and practising this is full will mean you never have to worry about writer’s block. Your story will be mapped out every step of the way.
Choosing a Narrative. You will learn about narrative styles. These styles will be discussed through example texts from published novels. You will be given opportunity to practice writing in various forms of narrative.
Sensory Writing. A writing technique that is not to be missed! Sensory writing is broken down into its different elements so that you can feel the difference between what a text is like to read with and without it. You will also have opportunity to put what you learn into practice with guided practices in every unit.
Chapters. This may seem like an obvious topic yet its actually crucial to understand what makes a chapter, what breaks a chapter and how many there need to be in your book. And, once you know how many, you’ll discover just how long it will take to write them.
How to Begin Your Story. Various styles of beginnings are covered in this module. You’ll have access to extracts of written books to gain a better understanding of where it’s possible to begin, for what reason and for what payoff. You will also have the opportunity to create your own beginnings with a firm grasp of what you’ll need in your book.
Dialogue. When to speak and when not to speak… this is not the only question. All those curiosities about rules of he said, she said, or said he, said she will be answered in this module, along with rules of when to use dialogue and when it’s not necessary. You’ll learn how to write dialogue that moves the plot forward rather than filler based waffle.
Genre: Historic. You will discover all there is to know about writing historical fiction. You’ll learn how to source information, and why it’s important to get it factually correct.
Genre: Horror. Discover how to write horror and how to build tension in the right places so that you have your reader hanging on ever pause. You’ll have opportunity to practice what you learn in the guided writing practice at the end of each unit.
Genre: Cosy Mystery. This is the genre that floods the self-publishing world with mini drama and comfortable mysteries. Discover all the elements of a cosy mystery right within the units of this module. The cast, characters, red-herrings, victim and the crime.
Genre: Romance. By far the most popular genre, this module will discuss the reader expectations of romance, what it needs to deliver and how it’s made up.
Genre: Women’s Fiction. A dive into women authors and everything that makes up this genre. As always, you’ll be given opportunity to practise what you learn.
Genre: Science Fiction. From fact to fiction you’ll learn where it all began, reader expectations, as well as world building – plus you’ll have opportunity to practice writing techniques and map out your own sci-fi world.
Genre: Fantasy. From fairy tale to magical realism – you’ll discover every fantasy sub-genre, world building within the fantasy realm and lots more.
Genre: Crime Thriller. Learn how to deceive your reader and keep them guessing until you want them to be in the loop. Guided practices and book extracts to build your knowledge of crime fiction and how to write the elements that make it a good read.
Genre: Adventure. Learn what adventure writing looks like, and discover if your story fits into this genre.
Three Part Series. The best way to get your new author status known is to write a series. This module will give you an understanding how a series needs to begin, end and link to each book.
The Secrets of Successful Authors. This is the stuff they want you to know. It’s simple but effective.
Getting Published. This module covers an introduction into getting an agent, contracts and your responsibility in the traditional publishing world.
A guide to self-publishing. An introduction into the epic world of self-publishing. If you know nothing of it, start slow. There’s an overwhelming amount of information on the internet. Here you will find everything you need to know to build a foundation of what you need to do when you self-publish.