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Get to grips with The Fundamentals of Character, Plot and Story

Once you understand how plot, theme and character work together, you will know how to create stories that resonate. No more writing endless sequences of episodes instead of a story; you'll feel like you've finally arrived as a writer. It's a great feeling. Stop saying you can't do it and say, Yes, I can! This course is here to help you get to that point in a matter of weeks rather than years.  

Start Date: 21st April 2022

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The Course

The course will consist of a mix of 25 hours of tutor-led classes on zoom, access to an online discussion forum, and a one-to-one consultation with the tutor to get individual feedback on your work. 

  • Yes, you’ll have tutor-led sessions live on zoom 
  • Yes, you’ll have access to an online community 
  • Yes, you’ll get written and verbal feedback 
  • Yes, the activities will be challenging, and fun

This is a highly practical course, teaching skills you can immediately apply to your own stories. It’s the kind of course that will help you make sense of this whole write-a-story business. Let's banish any nagging doubt you may have that you can do this.

Price £395

Who is this course suitable for?

It's all too easy to come to writing believing you should already know how to put a story together - after all, you've read thousands of the things - but you soon realise that enjoying a story is not the same as constructing one. You tell yourself you don't have the talent, that you can't do it, but of course you can. This course is perfect for those who want to get to grips with what a story really is, and who want to know how to put one together in a way that will satisfy a reader. It is suitable for those starting out or for those who have been writing a while but who are still unclear about story structure. If you want to write well, then it all matters ... but structure is king.

By the end of the ten weeks you will:

  • Never again worry that you can't get started
  • Feel in charge of your characters and their arcs
  • Be confident that your plot is holding together
  • Enjoy being in control of your story's structure
  • Deliver an ending that your readers will find satisfying

Ellen McGarrahan

I quickly learned that there was a lot I did not know about craft, from story arcs to characters, techniques and approaches I’d heard about but never studied. I learned to trust my own interior editor, to make decisions based on what I want to say, not on what I think someone else will want or  think is right. To find my inner north star.

Sarah Wooding

I completed one of Kath's creative writing courses and could not recommend her more highly! Like most people I felt very vulnerable the first time I shared my writing with a group, but Kath creates a fun and supportive environment, which is thoroughly enjoyable. Go on, sign up for one of Kath's courses - you'll love it!

Rebecca Heane

Kath Morgan is a fantastic teacher as she shares her knowledge and experience freely. She helped me find my style and I learnt the craft of writing during my time with her. I began knowing nothing and now I have the skills and confidence to do something I have always wanted to do, write! I have Kath to thank for getting me started. 

Cass Grafton

The Writing Retreat is one of the best investments I’ve made in my writing apprenticeship. I was battling with plot stumbling blocks on a novel I just couldn't finish. Thanks to the guidance and encouragement of the lovely writing tutors, Jane and Kath, it's now published.

Jill Treseder

The course on Structure was invaluable. I will never be a planner (tried it, disaster) but the framework(s) provided by Kath and Jane means that I have a strategy for rescuing myself from the chaos that can result from not planning. And, spookily, the chaos is much less chaotic than it used to be!

Julia Webb-Harvey

Kath & Jane embrace all levels of writers, and there is a collegiate feel. You also have to be careful - writing is addictive and with their input, I grew in confidence, found my voice. I'm now doing a PhD (Creative Writing) so it is a strong path they lay. I can definitely recommend The Writing Retreat.

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Access course from anywhere

You can enjoy the course in the comfort of your home or take your laptop to your favourite place; find somewhere peaceful where you won't be disturbed. It doesn't matter where you are as long you can focus and get the most from the course.

Enjoy working in a group

You will spend ten Thursday mornings in the classroom on Zoom, working with your tutor and your peers to cover the key learning points of the module. There's nothing quite like the support and camaraderie of your own writing tribe to boost your confidence.

Ready to get to grips with The Fundamentals of Character, Plot and Story?

In just ten weeks you will reach a level of understanding of story that many emerging writers take far too long to focus on. This will shave years off your writing journey and put you in control, giving you the confidence to tell the story you want to tell in a way that a reader will respond to. Don't spend endless nights wondering why your story somehow doesn't quite work. Find the heart of your story, and fix it. This course will show you how. 

Start Date: 21st April 2022

Price: £395

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