Testimonials

“This course far exceeded my expectations. Every module came with a mixture of multiple prompts, suggestions for critically thinking about my work, examples to read and guidance which helped to focus my work and shape my story… Michael is incredibly supportive and his feedback is generous and delivered kindly. I highly recommend this course to anyone looking to explore the novella-in-flash genre, or anyone looking to improve their writing in general.” (Gaynor Jones)

“The course materials are fantastic. All the further reading suggestions and the example flashes are great, there is just the right amount of tasks and reading in each module… The assignments are cleverly differentiated so you can adapt them to your project and the stage you are at accordingly.  The content is explained very clearly and in an accessible way. The tutor is approachable and also really kind and reaches out with encouraging nudges now and then which helps! The feedback on flashes submitted is very insightful and thoughtful. The course materials and you as the tutor completely over-deliver on what I anticipated the course would provide. I can’t think of a single thing that is missing… I feel it is very apparent how much thought you have put into creating the course. I would (and will in future!) recommend this course to anyone interested in writing a novella or a series of linked flashes. Thank you Michael.” (Alexis Wolfe)

“I find myself recommending this course and your work often and with gusto. I like the individualized approach. The no-pressure aspect of working on my own timetable helps me make my own mould… You extend both praise and constructive criticism with respect that gives my work dignity and instills an eagerness to continue. You really have a gift for cutting out the unnecessary and getting to the heart of the story. Your sharp and insightful eye, somewhat like a lovable scalpel, knows where to excise the waste… [The course] made me consider… scene creation in a more detailed and complex way. I’ve used the lessons on character building to more fully develop my people. I feel that I know them more intimately… The examples you’ve sent out in the modules and the information you’ve put together have amazed me. I’m thrilled to have been a part of this course.” (Debbie Daniel)

“It was a hugely positive experience working with you, and I thoroughly enjoyed the course. It has given me resources and strategies I will definitely use in future writing projects… The cumulative effect as I worked through the modules was a big plus for me. The guiding framework of the course has enabled me to keep going… Whenever I was stuck there was the next module to work on with its specific focus and writing prompts… I have very much appreciated the additional reading recommendations tailored to me and my writing. I have to say that one of the highlights of working with you is tapping into the library of wonders you hold in your head…Your feedback has been excellent, perceptive and questioning, offering alternative perspectives and suggestions as well as identifying what was working well… I feel my writing has developed, partly through the practice of taking on and following through with a longer project – a first for me, and partly through your skilful coaching and the stimulating course materials.” (Ali McGrane)