Over the past few weeks, because of the challenge of COVID-19 (coronavirus) and strict guidelines on social distancing, most of us who can have been working from home, a work option that is safer for all of us and our families.

We are acutely aware of the stresses this is placing on individuals, families, communities and businesses, and the difficulties we all face in dealing with this period of unprecedented uncertainty.

However, social distancing need not be about just sitting at home, doing what work we can, and waiting for coronavirus to go away.It could also be a chance to do something that you’ve always wanted to do, or to equip yourself for a new challenge for when life gets back to normal.

That’s why we’re pleased to be announcing a new Diploma Course in Creative Writing, primarily aimed at anyone who would like to write a novel, but feels a little daunted at the prospect. It’s a course that’s been two years in the making and is designed to help you overcome some basic obstacles and, we hope, mark the start of a whole new journey for you.

Some of you may dream of becoming a successful author, whether of fiction or non-fiction.  You may already have ideas for the next crime thriller, chick-lit romance, YA or children’s book. But not everyone who takes this course will have that ambition.  It may be that you simply want to become a better writer, because that may help your career.

Our Diploma course is about helping you to understand what makes good writing, and the literary components that fit together to form a well-told story. If you understand them, and their relationship to one another, then you’ll be well on your way to becoming a better writer.

During the course, our course tutor, Charlie Laidlaw, the author of three published novels, will be on hand every week to answer your questions and provide more detailed feedback. The objective of the course, which can be completed in under eight months, is simply to give you the building blocks for better writing.  

What you choose to build with them is up to you but, don’t worry, we’ll always be with you every step of the way.