So you’ve launched your blog, built your website, gone live on social media—but now what? Writing online can be daunting. Your audience is bigger, but their attention span is shorter. In this practical writing course in Brighton you’ll learn specific skills and techniques to help you write online with confidence. We’ll explore a variety of forms—blogs, reviews, marketing material, life writing, website text, opinion pieces—and discuss their strengths and challenges. Topics we’ll focus on include: making your writing clear and concise; developing your voice and style; choosing a focus; creating content; and understanding conventions. This inspirational workshop is a great place to experiment, practice, and get useful feedback in a supportive setting.
Suitable for all. You may wish to bring a laptop to produce writing in class.
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COURSE TUTOR: Louise Dobson
DURATION: 5 weeks
Spring: 14 January – 11 February
WHERE: Brighton Junction
COURSE FEE: £62.50 Full Fee / £37.50 Concessions / £15 Better Living Through Learning
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Please note that concessions cannot be booked online.
This course aims to:
Teach you how to make your writing work for you online.
Who this course is for?
This course is for anyone interested in making their online writing more powerful. Most of what we write will be read online—posts for friends, a special interest blog, work emails, or a small business website—and you will need to adapt your writing style to fit the forum. This course is the ideal place to practice new skills on an existing project, and a supportive place to try out something completely new–like that blog you have been meaning to write.
What will I be able to do by the end of this course?
- Develop techniques specific to online writing
- Effectively use journalistic elements, such as tone, pace, and structure
- Declutter your writing to make it clear and concise
- Understand what makes writing engaging
- Develop your own voice and writing style
- Practice key elements of different forms of online writing
What materials will I need for the course?
A laptop or a notebook to write in class.
Roughly how much will they cost?
Bring your own laptop or borrow one from the centre – you will need to bring a USB pen drive to store your work.
How will I know I am making progress?
- You will receive regular informal feedback from your tutor
- Through group discussion and workshopping
- You will feel more confident and satisfied with your writing
- Through one-on-one conferences with your tutor
Is there any extra study outside the class?
You will be invited to complete short writing tasks in-between classes to help you practice the skills you have learned during the workshop. You may also be asked to read a short piece of published writing to prepare for the next meeting. These activities are optional but will help you get the most out of the course.
Who is the course tutor?
Louise Dobson is a certified English Teacher with 7 years of full-time teaching experience. She holds an MA in Education, and an MSc in Journalism.
Louise has a passion for building writing communities where participants enjoy the support of a group and the expertise and experience of a professional tutor. Her friendly, approachable manner, and infectious love of writing ensure her classes are stimulating, constructive and enjoyable for all.
As a freelance journalist Louise has been published in major newspapers, including The Chicago Tribune and The Washington Post, and has been a frequent contributor to Psychology Today. Most recently, she has established the Brighton Writing Project which promotes social and creative growth through writing together.
Comments from previous learners:
“Very clear instruction. Great feedback, always insightful and diplomatic. Very friendly atmosphere” Liam S.
“I have learned a huge amount” Jayne C.
“Louise was good at creating a positive learning environment and encouraging people to contribute” Kate W.
Further writing courses at Friends Centre
Tuesday 14 January 2020 - Tuesday 11 February 2020
7:00 pm to 9:00 pm
Full price: £62.50
Concession rate (if available): £37.5
Please note that concessions are not available online.
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