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Learning, support and encouragement for amateur writers.

To be a writer, you must write…

To write a story, you have to start putting words down which tell a story. And you can learn to tell a story well, if you practise. That’s the secret to becoming an author. Time invested in writing is a gift that helps you become a better writer.

What is stopping you from picking up a pen today? 

Here are some ways that I can offer support to you as a writer.

Support for Writers

Story Coaching

Gain the clarity you crave regarding what you want to achieve with your writing. Story Coaching helps you to identify and break down your writing obstacles faster. All packages are based around 1:1 sessions that give you exclusive use of my time and insights. We work together on your writing project and your development as a writer wherever you are in the world.

Road Bump

For writers who have hit a snag in the planning or first draft. Road Bump helps you to  get unstuck, back to writing and move on with clarity and confidence. You can send me your first chapter when you’re ready. My feedback can help you stay on track and make changes and improvements to structure and content. 

Virtual Workshops

I host virtual group workshops where a small group of writers meet to discuss their craft. Each monthly workshop centres around a topic that aids writers who want to make a career out of their writing. These writing workshops are part of my membership community, Storytellers Elite – but guests are welcome to join in for our monthly workshops on a pay-as-you-go basis.

Storytellers Elite

If you’re looking for a supportive community of writers to cheer on your efforts, Storytellers Elite is for you. As well as our monthly group workshop, you’ll get a monthly 1:1 session with me where we talk about what you to focus on to make progress e.g. plot holes, character development or setting goals and timeframes. You can also take part in writing sprints and gain access to a members-only Facebook group.

Telling stories with spark

Looking for a way to get your audience to pay attention to your 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.

Words from writers I have worked with

I love to help writers 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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

I’ve just completed my first manuscript, thanks to the support I’ve received from Deanne. She offers open, insightful support and advice that really helps you take your ideas and story forward. – Sarah Conway

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

For writers who want to learn their craft…

Show dont tell - online course for writers

Showing and Telling in Writing

This online course is about helping you master that tricky beast of fiction, showing and telling, so that you can plant your story in your readers’ imaginations and hearts.

write the middle - online course for writers

Write the Middle of your Novel

Write the Middle of Your Novel helps you get your first draft done by overcoming the sense of overwhelm that comes with writing the middle section of your novel.

Two Ways to Make your Novel Better

You’re always thinking about how to make your novel better. You might be writing the first draft of your novel, making your first editing pass at your manuscript or fine tuning your story ready for publishing. Wherever you are in the process, you’re striving to improve your writing and your chance of success.

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Should I get an editor before a publisher or agent?

Publishers in the traditional publishing industry want books they can publish with as little extra work as possible. Literary agents want books they can easily pitch to their publishing contacts. No traditional publisher or literary agent wants to take on a book or a writer who hasn’t already come a long way on the road to being a polished author.

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Do I Need An Editor For My Book?

Whether you’re writing fiction, children’s fiction, non-fiction, memoir… if you want anyone to be interested in reading your book you need to go through editing.

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