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Helping writers improve their writing…

If you dream of writing successful stories and gaining the recognition you deserve, you’re in the right place.

If you aspire to make a living telling stories, again… welcome!

If you want your voice to be heard and your personal story to make a difference to those who hear it, stay tuned.

But do you feel like nobody is listening? Like nobody even cares?

It doesn’t have to be that way.

Tell the stories you were born to tell…

Words can convey a scene, create a character, set a mood. Words are the means by which we have developed technologies, arts and entire civilisations. Words make us human.

I love to help people grow in confidence, to express the stories they have within them, and to help them see that they already have the potential and power to become the writer they want to be. I help budding authors write their first book. 

Learn to write Stories that sell

Whether you want to tell fictional stories or true life stories, short stories or epic novels, I can help you tell stories your readers will find irresistible. You see, if you want your stories to gain attention, it’s not enough to put the words of what happens down on paper. You have to give people a reason to listen to you. You need to grab them by the imagination and get into their emotions.

Learn the solid techniques to tell a story that people will find irresistible. I teach you how to engage your audience so that they feel like they are really there in your story and experiencing it for themselves. 

Writing a Good Short Story

Getting you started on writing a short story, step by step

Telling Stories with Spark

Transform the impact you have when you tell your story.

Coaching for Writers

Gain the clarity you crave regarding what you want to achieve with your writing.

Get back on track

For writers of novels and non-fiction that have hit a snag at first draft stage

Write about your experiences

For writers who want to write a book to help others.

Transform your writing

Develop your skills and build a strong foundation for your writing.

Start your writing journey today…

Storytellers’ Academy is perfect for those who have tried short term creative writing courses but were disappointed with the results. It also suits you if you have taken part in a course and felt your appetite was whetted, but you’re ready to go further and deeper. Even if you haven’t tackled story writing since your school days, Storytellers’ Academy is great for you, because it strips back all of the mumbo jumbo around creative writing. You’ll find solid teaching, not vague tips and general encouragement.

Storytellers’ Academy is designed for those who want to do more with their storytelling than have it as a private hobby. I have created it for those who want to reach out to others with their stories and pull them in. I help you get to the heart of what makes a story really work. It is not a series of random exercises or pieces of general advice. It teaches you how to put one word after another in a way that engages the imagination, making your reader experience the story and its emotions for themselves

Plot or Character First?

Deciding whether to create a plot or a character first can be a challenge. Writing fiction can feel like going around in circles, constantly changing your mind about which element to focus on – plot or character. There’s a short answer and a long answer. Here’s the...

How to Overcome Perfectionism as a Writer

Perfectionism is a common trait amongst writers. It is especially true of fiction writers, who often spend hours worrying over their exact word choices and word order. They might lose half an hour deliberating over a comma. Does this sound like you? If you recognise...

Why Is Writing So Hard?

Writers find it hard to put their story ideas onto paper for various reasons. It can be an unhealthy degree of perfectionism. It can be a lack of confidence in their skill or originality. It can be the lack of a writing habit – that is, a lack of consistent practice....

“I’ve worked with Deanne for over a year now, and she is a great coach. Thanks to her advice and encouragement, my first book is now out!” – Kell Willsen, Author.

“Less than 2 years ago, I had a few vague ideas, a few scraps of stories and a strong urge to write. Then I met Deanne. I now have over 150 short stories under my belt, 3 picture books ready to be sent out into the big wide world and a first draft of a novel completed. I’ve accrued accolades from a number of international competitions and been invited to read my work at artistic events. Working with Deanne has helped me hone my skills, regain my focus and feel confident in my work. I can’t wait to see where it takes me in the future. Thanks Deanne.” – Hazel Hitchins, Author.

“If you are an aspiring author, why wouldn’t you seek expert input to make your manuscript the very best it can be? Deanne not only edits and proofreads, but she provides the clarity and insight to turn your work into publishable material.”

Laura Foakes, author of The Liars’ and Fibbers’ Academywinner of the 2012 South Wales Short Story Competition, shortlisted for the 2016 Richard & Judy Search for a Bestseller Award.

“The nicest grammar Nazi you will ever meet! Deanne has been my secret weapon. Not afraid to give criticism, possessing an eye for detail and a genuine passion for what she does, Deanne has developed my writing technique and accelerated the learning process for a first time author. Writing a book can be daunting. If it wasn’t for her involvement there is every chance this book wouldn’t have got much further than a Word document and a pile of notes.”

“Been to one of Deanne’s workshops and it was wonderful. She has given a name to one of my writing anxieties, which diffused half the problem!” Zaina Zahid, EFT & Kinesiology Practitioner

“Deanne is the best secret weapon. Every writer should have her tucked in their pockets in case of a crisis of confidence.” Linda Jones

“Deanne worked to keep my writing and personality intact whilst subtly yet powerfully helping with clarity and delivery flow. I could never have done without her talent and skills. I would absolutely recommend her editing skills and will definitely be using her services for all my book publications in future. 10/10” Paul Rees, Accolade Academy

I bet you never thought your English school teacher would be helping you with creating and launching an Oracle card deck to help heal hearts all over the world 18 years later… Love how the world works! Big thank you to Deanne for being there to edit, proofread, and encourage and motivate me when my mind was blank. Together we’ve done it!Natasha Bray

Telling stories with spark

Looking for a way to get your audience to pay attention to your fictional or personal stories?

This book helps you tell stories that people find irresistible. It teaches you where you’ve been going wrong with the way you write your action. Find out what that old saying ‘Show Don’t Tell’ really means, when broken down properly. You will also have the tricky matter of character dialogue untangled for you, and get some hands-on writing challenges to complete.

Telling Stories with Spark is a no-nonsense, jargon-light book. In it, I help you understand what makes a story actually work.