Write for a Reason Course FAQs
I have never written anything before. Is this course suitable for me?
Yes, it would be lovely to have you, but be prepared to work hard!
I have several unpublished manuscripts but I wouldn’t consider myself to be a beginner. Will the course be too basic for me?
Not at all – there could be a good reason why your manuscripts are being rejected – why not come along and see what the course has to offer? You are bound to pick up some really useful ways to improve your writing.
I don’t want to be published, I just want to write for fun and share my stories with younger members of my family. Is that OK?
Absolutely, come on in!
I’m not a Christian but would like to learn more about writing for this age group.
This course will be covering writing from a Christian perspective, but you are very welcome to join us if you wish.
How much time will I need to spend on each module?
A minimum of 3-4 hours will be needed per module to go through the teaching, assignments and freewriting exercises. There is no maximum – you can spend as long as you like! As with all things, the more you put in, the more you get out.
I see the course is for unpublished writers. I have had non-fiction books/articles published, but have not written fiction before. Will the course be suitable for me?
If you are new to writing fiction, yes, you will learn many different writing skills.
I can’t do the full course because of commitments on the dates given – will you be running the course again?
Yes! Please subscribe to receive free writing tips, as along with these I send out news of course dates. If you prefer, you can do the self-study course, which covers exactly the same material as the full course, but you can begin straight away.
I would love to have a go at this course but I’m really nervous about sending in assignments, in case they’re not very good.
Please do have a go if you would like to! It would be a shame to let your fears stop you. Constructive comments will be given to assignments, but these will always be encouraging. There’s enough tearing down in this world – that’s not my style.
What are the differences between the full course and the self-study course?
If you choose the full course, you will send all your assignments in to me for constructive feedback. If there is anything I feel you could improve on I will say so – equally I will let you know when you are doing something well! On the self-study course, assignments are not sent in to be marked. I will still be at the other end of an email, however, if you have any questions about the teaching or the course material. I will always try to help, whichever course you choose. 🙂 With both the full course and the self-study course, modules will be sent out weekly.
Will you analyse my manuscript for me?
Manuscript criticism isn’t part of the course, but I can pass you on to a professional who can do that for you if you wish.
Can you help me to get published?
No, that’s not part of the course either.
Do I get a certificate at the end?
No, there is no formal certification. Just the joy of knowing you have improved your writing skills!
Can I pay in instalments?
Sorry, I am currently unable to do this.
Do you have any testimonials from people who have done the course?
Will the tutorials be at a specific time, or will we be able to access them at any time?
The modules (teaching, assignments and freewriting exercises) will be sent out weekly via email. You can then print them off, copy them to mobile devices or keep them on your computer/laptop. You will therefore be able to access the teaching and assignments even when you do not have Internet access.