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Welcome to Fictionfire courses and workshops

Live Workshops

Discover and book your place on my latest in-person Focus Workshops in Oxford: scroll down or click on the title to read about Playing with Time and Creative Brainstorm coming up in February – booking is now open.

Online Classes

Scroll down further or click on the title to find out about my online masterclass, How to be a Happy Writer – book at any time.

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Focus Workshop in Oxford

2nd February 2019

Announcing the first of two new live Fictionfire Focus Workshops in Oxford!

Playing with Time in your Story

This workshop will show you the importance of sequence and chronology of events to your plot's effectiveness. With writing exercises and examples you'll experiment with controlling how time unfolds in your story. You’ll learn to govern your reader's experience using techniques that take you beyond the simple linear flow from beginning to end. Time is a trick you can play, an illusion you can master, a pattern you play with, a crucial contribution to how memorable and involving your story is.

The workshop costs £35 and takes place from 2-5 p.m. on Saturday February 2nd at my home in Oxford. Focus Workshops involve writing exercises and discussion of published examples. All include tea, coffee, biscuits and cake! Places are limited, so please book in good time. When you book, I’ll send you directions to the workshop. See Terms and Conditions here. Click the button below and you’ll be taken through the booking process, starting with clicking the GMT time-zone button, then the date of the workshop.  

Thanks so much for the excellent writing focus workshop on Saturday. It was such a warm and friendly environment and I was so impressed with the supportive, professional and knowledgeable advice you gave. I am SO PLEASED that I booked this workshop.
— Carol Jones, previous Focus Workshop attendee



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an afternoon of inspiration and support in Oxford

16th February 2019

Creative Brainstorm: an Afternoon of Inspiration and Support

Treat yourself to a fun, nurturing smorgasbord of creative inspiration, including a writing sprint, feedback on work you bring along and an ask anything Q & A session. Support, shared experiences and ideas, renewed focus, boosted creativity. You'll go home with a new piece of writing, advice on how to improve your work, insights into the writing and publishing process and much more. And there will be cake, of course!

The workshop costs £35 and takes place from 2-5 p.m. on Saturday February 16th at my home in Oxford. Focus Workshops involve writing exercises and discussion of published examples. All include tea, coffee, biscuits and cake! Places are limited, so please book in good time. When you book, I’ll send you directions to the workshop. See Terms and Conditions here. Click the button below and you’ll be taken through the booking process, starting with clicking the GMT time-zone button, then the date of the workshop.  

I was really struck by your generosity as a teacher. I mean this not only in the care and attention you give to the people who come to learn, but in the resources you provide and the very natural manner in which you wish to share what you know. Only someone who truly loves what they do, and loves teaching, has that sort of generosity. You can feel your love of the subject and your wish to share it. It makes a huge difference to those of us coming along to learn! I think part of that too is having us in your home, and making us feel so welcome and comfortable. The delicious cakes and food were just the cherry on the top!
— Z. Duncan, previous Focus Workshop attendee

The Fired-up Writer’s Guide series #1

how to be a happy writer, my october 2018 live masterclass, is now available for purchase in my online school –with bonus materials added!


Have you always dreamed of being a writer but find yourself stuck in dither and doubt?

Have you been writing for a while but somehow you’ve lost the joy?

How to be a Happy Writer shows you the quick and easy route to confidence and renewed fulfilment. This training will help you clear your blocks, clarify your intentions and reclaim your purpose. You’ll learn practical ways to rediscover your creative energy, silence that inner critic and revive both imagination and intention. This inspiring class will help you dump that dither and doubt so that you can create a focused, joyous writing life.

Find out more about the masterclass and the extra resources I’ve created here – or just click the button below.

Why I’m offering this masterclass:

I’ve been giving in-person writing workshops and courses since 2000 and during that time I’ve helped so many writers at every level overcome their blocks and see their way through to creative expression that satisfies them. (If you want to know more about me as a teacher, visit About Me.) I’ve been aiming to take my teaching online as well, and this is just the start!

I’ve seen writers beat themselves up all the time – I do it too! – to such an extent that they lose sight of what should be core to their lives as creatives: pleasure, relaxation, self-expression, pride in what they create.

I’m launching The Fired-up Writer series of fast guides to help you with various aspects of writing, including techniques and mindset challenges. If you’re not already on my mailing list, sign up to be the first to hear as each course is released!

The depth of your knowledge and love of your subject comes shining through in your sessions and always there is that gentle nudge of encouragement for us to stretch ourselves that bit further in our writing, to become more skilled in our chosen craft.
— B.S. Rodger

What will You learn?

This class will show you:

  • how to reframe your relationship with writing

  • how to accept and move on from the negatives

  • how to view your writing aims with clarity

  • how to relate your creative life to the commitments and demands of your daily life

  • how to discover – or rediscover – pride in your individual talent

  • how to celebrate your dreams and achievements

How does the masterclass work?

If I am offering any of these classes as a live version, you’ll be sent a link to the webinar which I’ll be running on Zoom.us. When the scheduled time comes, click that link to join us! You’ll be able to join in the live chat during the training and I’ll invite you to share your views and opinions, plus I’ll give you quick exercises to do. My hope, as ever, is to offer you practical information and an inspiring message to fire up or reignite those writing dreams.

Alternatively, simply purchase the recorded version when I add it to my Teachable school. If a class or course is presented live initially, attendees will have lifetime access to it afterwards once I post it in my online school.

Is this class right for you?

Do you want to feel happy as a writer? Then, yes, it’s for you! I design all my classes and courses with the needs of both newbies and more advanced or experienced writers in mind. It doesn’t matter whether you’ve written a short story or twelve books in a series – if you’re a writer you’ll have encountered those long dark nights of the soul, where you question your purpose and your ability to carry out your plans. This class will help you to reclaim the joy.

an important note about the cost of the class

The investment for How to be a Happy Writer is $97 (approximately £75). If you live in the EU, please remember that digital sales tax will be added to the fee, according to the rate prevailing in your country. This is a legal obligation. The sales tax added price will appear when you click through to make your payment.

How do I make my booking for any of your courses or classes?

Recorded classes: click the button and it will take you to my Teachable school. You can click to buy the class there and gain access to the recordings and downloadable materials.

Live webinars: there will be a booking button on this page to take you to my Acuity booking page. (For live webinars, choose the class, and your time zone, and Acuity will take you through the process, using PayPal. Important: you don’t need to have a PayPal account to pay! You can use your debit or credit card.) After the live version, the class will appear in my online school and you’ll have access to it.

If you have any questions, email me at info[at]fictionfire.co.uk or use the Contact form.

I’ve replaced desperation with determination! These courses simply could not have been better.
— T.R.