New in April 2018

How to Write Cozy Mysteries

"Mystery writing can be summed up as starting with the discovery that something is lost or that something is found; usually what's lost is a life and what's found is a corpse."

Cozy Mysteries are the ones where there's a body (usually in a library), a small group of suspects, each of whom has something to gain or something to lose, and a great detective who, by chance or by design, is there to solve the conundrum of... Whodunnit?

This is a course designed to teach some of the core principles of storytelling by teaching you how to write a Cozy Mystery.

In this course you will learn:

  • What makes a Cozy cozy
  • The basic structure of a cozy
  • The various types and styles, and
  • How to put the types and styles into practice
  • How to build stories around "Revelation" in a way that will satisfy readers
  • ... and be sure your story is classified as a Cozy Mystery, so that everyone who loves the genre will buy your book.


When you buy a book in a shop, you can open it to chapter one and start reading. If it doesn't grab you right away, you can put it straight back on the shelf.

If you buy an e-book online, you can look at the first few pages for free, and decide in exactly the same way, if you want to read the rest.

So as an author, how do you write the first few pages to ensure that the reader will buy your book? 

You have to make them want to read the rest. 

To do that, you have to hook them.

In this short course I will show you the techniques I have been teaching to authors for a decade. I will show you not just how, but why hooking works, so that you won't need a formula, you won't need a clever or original idea. 

You'll know how to promise the reader exactly what they want, and never disappoint.

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Poetry in a Few Words

I use poetry to teach people better communication. It's the ultimate workout for your linguistic, presentational and public-speaking muscles.
Poetry can help you in your chosen career - whatever it might be. Poetry can even help you to land your dream job!

  • Write a short poem that includes both rhyme and rhythm.
  • Know the basics of "hearing the beat"
  • Grasp the rudiments of Tumpty Notation

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Read Worthy Fiction

RWF is a course, hosted on Udemy, for new writers, to guide you through the process of completing your first manuscript.
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"The Top" - What is a Story?

What is a Story? is for anyone who wants to learn to write good stories, anyone who wants to be able to create unlimited numbers of original story ideas, and wants to do so by studying the basic principles.
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3 Foundations of Style

3 Foundations of Style is for all authors and writers, with lessons and exercises to teach you how to become a master of style.
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Heart Of Imagery

You use simile and metaphor in your writing all the time. You probably use it without realizing. And you probably make all sorts of unconscious errors, even when you are trying to use imagery to best effect.

Heart of Imagery is the decade I've spent teaching and learning from authors, compressed into a few powerful lessons.

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Kitless Character Creation

How to create characters for your novel that are unique, real and necessary.

If you're writing a novel you already know that a novel needs characters.

  • But where do characters come from?
  • How do you invent characters that are compelling, convincing and realistic?
  • What sort of characters does your story need?

Kitless Character Creation is a set of tools and techniques wrapped around one big idea: 

Characters are created at the same time as the story.

Once you've grasped the relationship between characters and story, and how they interact during the creative process, you will find it much easier to create and manage your characters, to recognize their purpose and role in the story, and you'll see much more easily how your characters affect your readers.

In this course, you will learn how to use this relationship, and how it relates to all the common features of creating and developing characters:

  • introducing new characters
  • describing what characters look like
  • describing what characters think and feel
  • how the reader should get to know your characters
  • the effect of narrative voice and point of view on characters

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Ten Exercises for Writers and Authors

I regularly create exercises to help authors to work on specific aspects of the creative process, in particular in linking the creative, imaginative work to the work of getting words on the page. This is a selection of ten exercises with short lessons and explanations.

You can either do the Standard version where you can do the exercises offline and share your ideas, questions and work with other students, or the Premium version where you can submit your work to me for personalized feedback, advice and suggestions for further practice.

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How to create Story Hooks

Story Hooks is a course, hosted on Zenler. Take this course to learn how to hook, and keep, your readers.
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