Registration for this course is currently CLOSED.

If you would like to know when the next course starts, please subscribe to our email list, so you will not only get all the news about courses, but get lots of writing tips, too! Plus we have a bonus to anyone who signs up right now: a mini ebook with lots of tips on how to start your novel (the beginning is CRITICAL – you need to engage your readers right from the first few sentences). Please click here now for more information.

Write for a Reason is a seven week online course for people who write novels for children and young people.

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Are you ready to take your writing to the next level? Do you write stories for children/young adults? Wonder if you’ll ever get published? Looking for some help?

“I was surprised at how much the course taught me. I didn’t know as much as I thought I did!! The presentation was clear and easy to follow and the teaching was clear and well thought out. I would happily recommend the course to a friend.” – Nicolette (Surrey)

Hello! My name is Janet Wilson. I love books and always have. As a child I was an addictive reader. I spent happy hours in the holidays, weekends and evenings, living in other worlds, with the characters in the stories. When I’d run out of my own books, I used to read my dad’s (although I drew the line at westerns, hehe!). When I was a teenager I became a Christian and found a love for Christian books, too. In fact, I loved them so much, I eventually set up my own publishing company! Dernier Publishing produces fiction written from a Christian perspective for children and teens – this is my day job. πŸ™‚

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Over the years with Dernier, I have received many unsolicited manuscripts from earnest writers. Most of the stories have potential, but many fall down in one or more areas. Most of these skills are ‘learnable’, so I decided to set up Write for a Reason to help people who write stories for young people, and want to improve their craft.

“I heard about the ‘Write for a Reason’ course from a friend and what a blessing this course has been. Helpful insights, clear direction, great encouragement, all within the structure of applying learnings through assignments and dreaded deadlines. This course has changed how I perceive writing in a Christian context. Janet’s patience, wisdom and passion are a gift we must greatly treasure. I find myself absorbing her insights into my writing, re-writes and planning. I cannot recommend the ‘Write for a Reason’ Course highly enough.” – Baden (Co. Wicklow, Ireland)

The fact is, we all need help to use our gifts to their full potential. What person with a calling to be a counsellor would begin counselling without first embarking on some training? Sadly, most writers blame publishers for their lack of success; few are willing to put in the time to find out where they are going wrong and put it right. Be one of the few!

The next Write for a Reason course will begin on February 13th and will consist of one module a week for seven weeks.

We will be looking at:

Reaching your Target Audience
Theme and Setting
Creating Engaging Characters
Plotting and Planning
Beginnings and Endings
Voice and Perspective
Show Not Tell Descriptions . . . and more!

“Wow! I learned so much. The distance learning format worked well for me and I just managed to fit the work in to my schedule. I really liked the balance of teaching and β€œhaving a go” in the course and it’s given me a pot of ideas which I can use. The seven teaching areas we covered have provided my own story writing with a much better skeleton which I can see will allow them to go further! It’s given me more confidence and excitement about my story writing. Thank you Janet.” – Mark (Lancashire)

How does the course work?

Within a few days of subscribing, you will receive your Introduction to the Course. You may like to do some preparatory work before the course commences, so the sooner you book your place the better. (If there are still places and you book at the last minute, don’t worry, you can soon catch up!)

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When the course starts, you will receive teaching and assignments every Wednesday morning.

If you have enrolled for the full course, you will have a week to complete each Module’s assignments and send them to me. I will return these to you with comments – all via email. If you prefer to work alone, that’s absolutely fine – there is now an option to book the self-study course. Whichever option you choose, I will always be delighted to help you with any questions about the material.

“I have been greatly stimulated by the Write for a Reason course to write freely, but also to tidy up my writing and avoid the many mistakes I was making. Janet gives lots of ideas, hints and assignments to work on. She has left me, at the end of the course, continuing to research, practice and keep improving my writing. Janet is an encourager. I am re-energized. Thank you.” – Marion (Liverpool)

Are you wondering if you are good enough?

This is a common fear, but unfounded. Whatever your level of ability, I am happy to help. Everyone has to start somewhere! I like to encourage – there’s plenty to tear you down in this world, but that’s not my style.

You may want to write short stories for your grandchildren, or you may want to reach children all over the world with your novels – either is fine with me. Every child in precious, and we all have a unique story to tell. Nobody can write your story but you.

Perhaps you have an idea for a story but haven’t started writing yet, or have a growing pile of unfinished manuscripts. Perhaps you have a novel ready to send to a publisher, but just want to go through some basic ideas to make sure you haven’t missed anything. That’s great, too. If your novel is written for children or young adults from a Christian perspective, I’d love to help, but you don’t have to be a Christian to take the course – the story-writing skills are the same.

I have found the Write for a Reason course to be both stimulating and helpful. This is not the first writing course I have done, so I was hoping it would give me something which my previous course did not. I wasn’t disappointed.”

You will need . . .

As this is an online course you will need access to a computer with Internet connection and an email address. You can study wherever you are in the world!

You will also need a reasonable grasp of English grammar.

To get the most from the course you will need to commit to a minimum of four hours study a week, sometimes more – as in all things in life, the more you put in, the more you get out. πŸ™‚

Still not sure?

Click here to read our FAQs. If these don’t answer your query, please don’t hesitate to contact me. But don’t leave it too long as places are limited.

Previous students have left overwhelmingly good testimonials – many have told me they have been amazed how much they didn’t know, and how much they have learnt. Some have gone on to have their stories published! It’s been a pleasure to see students become more confident in their writing as their skills have grown.

If you would like to read more testimonials from students who have completed the course, you can do so here: Go to Testimonials

Cost

The course costs Β£200.00 for the full course, and Β£100.00 for the self-study course. If you subscribe to the full course, you will send your assignments to me at the end of every week, which I will return with comments. If you prefer to study alone, choose the self-study course. You will have access to all the same material, but you will not need to send your completed assignments to me. Whether you choose the full course or the self-study course, I will always be here to answer any queries about the course material.:-)

When you click on the Buy Now button below, you will be taken to PayPal where you can pay securely. You do not need a PayPal account to pay; you can also use your debit or credit card. (Your payment will be to Dernier Publishing; after paying you will be returned to this page.)


 

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If you have trouble with the button, please let me know, it can be temperamental!)

 

The sooner you register, the better! You will receive your Introduction to the Course before we begin, so you can make a start on the preparatory material.

I look forward to working with you. Together we can make a difference. πŸ™‚

Janet Wilson
Janet Wilson

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P.S. If you start the course and find it’s not for you by the end of Module Three (as long as you’ve had a go at the homework!), just say and I will refund your money in full. So if you’re not 100% sure, no need to worry, give it a go and see what you think. You can’t lose!

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21 thoughts on “Writing Course

  • 17th August 2014 at 4:45 pm
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    Hello. I was sent this link from Julie Carville and am very interested in taking part in the course. I am currently entering the last month of a five month sabbatical which has focused on a series of Children’s books called ‘Wunderland’ God has been planting in me for some time. My query is how much time is required for the course over the seven weeks as I have a delicate balancing act between very busy parish ministry and building on the preparation of the sabbatical?. I share your passion for good Christian literature for children and young adults. ‘Wunderland’ is aimed at the 6-9 age group and will (DV) grow with them into their mid teens. I look forward to hearing from you and thanks for your passion. Yours faithfully,
    Baden Stanley.

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    • 18th August 2014 at 8:31 am
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      Dear Baden Stanley, thank you for your query – delighted to hear from you and hear of your shared interest in reaching children with the good news through story. To make the most from the course I am suggesting to participants a minimum of three to four hours study per week. I do hope that will fit into your busy schedule. If you have any further questions, please don’t hesitate to contact me. πŸ™‚ Every blessing, Janet.

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  • 18th August 2014 at 4:59 pm
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    Thanks Janet for your quick reply. I will register as soon as I can. Really looking forward to it. God bless. Baden

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    • 19th August 2014 at 10:16 am
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      Hello Baden, I’m delighted you will be joining us πŸ™‚

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  • 21st August 2014 at 7:40 pm
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    Hello Janet I too am coming through Julie Carvill and have a question – will the tutorials be at a specific time or posted online so we can access when we have the time?

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    • 22nd August 2014 at 10:58 am
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      Hi Cliodhna, good question, I should add this into the FAQs – thank you for bringing this up. The new module will arrive every Monday via email as pdfs, so you can keep them on a computer, print them, or transfer them to any mobile device as you wish. Hope that helps!

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  • 1st September 2014 at 6:57 pm
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    Hi Janet
    Hope you are well
    I was wondering of there were still places on your writing course??
    Many Thanks
    Catrina

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    • 3rd September 2014 at 8:10 am
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      Yes, it would be great to have you on the course! I understand there may be a problem with the Paypal button so I will try to sort that today – gulp! – in the meantime, I will add your name to the subscriber list and let you know when all is sorted. Delighted you will be joining us!

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  • 1st September 2014 at 8:44 pm
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    Hi Janet. It may be that i am a techno-dinosaur but I am not able to pay for the course online. Is it possible to pay by credit card over the phone or is there an idiot’s guide to paying online. Thanks. Baden

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    • 3rd September 2014 at 8:14 am
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      Oh dear, I will look into the paypal pay button and get back to you as soon as possible. In the meantime, I will add your name to our subscriber list, so be assured you are on the course, and we can sort payment in due course. Really pleased you will be joining us!

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    • 3rd September 2014 at 10:20 am
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      Apologies for the technical issue. I have reset the PayPal button and on testing it now appears to be working correctly. Please do let me know if you have a further problem. Many thanks, Janet

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    • 8th September 2014 at 7:39 pm
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      Thank you for booking; it’s great to have you Catrina. I hope you received the Introduction and First Module safely. May the Lord bless you on your writing journey!

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  • 2nd June 2015 at 6:31 pm
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    Please add my name to the subscriber list.is there no way of paying by cheque to the address..I do want to do the full course.

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    • 3rd June 2015 at 8:43 am
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      Dear Waveney, we don’t offer the option of paying by cheque on the website, as the course is open to people from any country in the world and it could become complicated! Looking forward to having you on the course!

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  • 2nd June 2015 at 6:47 pm
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    I think my comment went astray I want to do the full course . Can I pay by cheque?

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    • 3rd June 2015 at 8:41 am
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      Hello Waveney, I have replied to you by email, but yes, that’s absolutely fine, as long as you live in the UK. Delighted that you are going to join us next month!

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