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Price: £325.00Course Code: BWR308
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Writing Workshop

This course will help you learn how to get a book published by teaching you the techniques in revising and polishing your manuscript before sending it to the publishers.Developed by writing experts of many years standing, you will work with them to hone your writing skills and so make the most of your authoring talents.

This is an example of how the course works:

  1. You submit Chapter 1 of your book to your mentor
  2. Your mentor studies it and sends it back with constructive feedback
  3. Using your mentor’s feedback, you make changes based on the feedback you receive
  4. You re-submit the chapter to your mentor
  5. Your mentor provides more feedback

Your work can be either fiction or non-fiction and you will be able to submit a piece of the same work twice for review and comments.

This Writers Workshop course will give you the opportunity to work with a professional writer to give yourself the best chance of getting published.


Learning Goals: Writing Workshop BWR308
  • Understand how to critique effectively, for your own work and others’.
  • Understand how to approach problems and feedback constructively.
  • To begin building your portfolio/samples.
  • Understand how to interpret feedback, including notes from your own revision and read-throughs from others.
  • Start setting out a revision strategy.
  • Add to your larger project or portfolio.
  • Understanding how structure works, how to assess structure and how to fix holes.
  • Understand characters and characterisation.
  • Understand story goals.
  • Understand how to map arcs for different purposes.
  • Understand the function of a subplot.
  • Understand how to revise, improve, and integrate sub plots in a fiction or non-fiction text.
  • Learn ways to set good writing habits.
  • Learn ways to break up writer’s block.
  • Create a regular journal practice.
  • Develop your portfolio further.
  • The importance of keeping up with your journal.
  • What to do with new ideas that you are not ready to start on.


Lesson Structure: Writing Workshop BWR308

There are 7 lessons in this course:

1  Work-shopping and Critique

  • The workshop process
  • Points of critique
  • Types of feedback
  • Best Practices

2  Identifying and Addressing Weaknesses

  • Potential projects
  • Understanding character
  • Outlining a revision strategy
  • Goal setting
  • How to read and interpret feedback
  • Build a framework

3  Revision Process I: Structures and Character

  • Define beginning, middle, and end
  • Closer examination: beginning
  • Closer examination: middle
  • Closer examination: ending
  • Relationship between characters and structure
  • Character Arc
  • Writing character arcs
  • Building characters

4  Revision Process II: Plot Arc and Story Goals

  • Story goals
  • Conflict
  • Story goals in fiction
  • Story goals in non-fiction
  • Planning your plot arc

5  Working with Subplots

  • The function of a subplot
  • Types of subplot
  • Subplots in non-fiction
  • Revision and subplots

6  Continuity of Practice: Building Strong Writing and Editing Habits

  • Continuity
  • Good habits
  • Bad habits
  • Scheduling
  • Writer's Block
  • Character Exercises

7  Continuity of Practice: Portfolio Building

  • Continuing to write
  • Keeping up with your journal
  • Ideas in development
  • Revision processes


Set Tasks - What Else You Will Do:
  • Analyse story structures and arcs.
  • Keep a daily writing journal.
  • Revise significant portions of their work in conjunction with their assigned academic.
  • Review feedback and implement notes.


Mentor Credentials - Your Access to our Writing Expert:

Dr. Lee Raye (FLS, afHEA) MA (hons) Celtic Studies, (the University of Aberdeen); MSt Celtic Studies, (the University of Oxford); PhD (Cardiff University)

Lee has a strong academic background including an undergraduate master’s degree from the University of Aberdeen, a postgraduate degree in Celtic literature from the University of Oxford and a PhD from Cardiff University. They have recently been elected a Fellow of the Linnean Society for their contributions to medieval and early modern wildlife history and have had papers accepted for academic journals including Archives of Natural History, Mirabilia and Fafnir - Nordic Journal of Science Fiction and Fantasy Research. They have been employed as a part-time writing tutor at the Academy for Distance Learning since 2014 and have been especially responsible for the development of our study skills modules; Academic Writing and Critical Thinking (‘the University Preparation Package’). They also contribute to some of the Environmental Management modules and are currently enrolled on a Horticulture course in order to better understand modern garden management.

Lee is also a keen proponent of the digital revolution and believes that all information should be made accessible to everyone and that all books should be available online. Lee’s unusual dual- academic background in environmental history and literary studies provide them with unique insights into the practice of literary world building. They regularly publish blog posts on researching, writing and publishing on the ADL website. They have been accredited as an Associate Fellow of the Higher Education Academy for their teaching experience. Their latest book, The Animals of Scotland, an edition of a seventeenth century natural history text was published at the end of 2017.


Course Info
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Course StartBegin your course at anytime.
Course Prerequisite None - Our course levels are an indication of the depth of learning you should receive. They do not describe the level of difficulty.
Course Qualification (Study Option A)Endorsed Qualification from TQUK - Training Qualifications UK, an Ofqual Approved Awarding Organisation - Completed written assignments, plus final exam (N.B. Some courses have Final Project alternative).
Course Qualification (Study Option B)Certificate of Attainment from ADL - Completed written assignments only - no final exam.
Comparative Credits InformationUK Course Credits: 10 - U.S. Credit Hours: 3 - when compared to regulated courses.
Course Duration and DeadlinesCourse hours given are a guide only. Work at your own pace with no assignment deadlines or completion date. You are in control!
Study SupportPersonal tutor/mentor support from industry relevant professionals throughout your whole course. Mentors are contactable by e-mail, telephone and through the online classroom. They provide assistance with your course material, plus discuss, explain and give advice when needed.
Suitability for Self Employment and Small BusinessesOur courses are ideal for sole traders and small business owners and their staff. Customer confidence in what you can do will determine how successful you are in getting clients. Completing one or more of our courses for the service you have to offer, will give you the tools to grow your business.
Recognition of Your Course By EmployersWe aim to achieve the correct balance between your qualification being recognised and providing you with the in-depth learning, to empower you to succeed. Select study option A when enrolling, so an employer can check the status of the awarding organisation for your qualification on the Ofqual Register.
Recognition of Your Course By UniversitiesPrevious students have used their qualification to get into university. However each one will have its own entrance criteria and acceptance may also depend on your other qualifications and experience.
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How Can I Enrol?Online via eCommerce, by completing our Online Application Form, or by calling us on +44 (0) 1227 789 649. Lines open 9am till 5pm Monday to Friday, excluding Bank Holidays and between Christmas and New Year.
How Can I Get a Pro-forma Invoice for my Employer?Contact us with details and we will email your employer an invoice. We will need: employer's name, address, telephone number, email address and contact name. We will also require your name, telephone number, email address, date of birth and the course and code you wish to enrol for.

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