The Adventurer’s Guide online writing course
The Adventurer’s Guide is a free writing course that teaches how to create a story with effective setting, characterisation, description and structure, with real-life adventurers and writers giving you inspiration along the way.
The course was originally published in ten weekly instalments between September and November 2011, with students signing up to receive each lesson in their email inbox: a focus for the week, instructions, inspiration, and a forum to share and practise in should they wish. It proved popular with schools, with some implementing it as their creative writing group structure, or an introductory course to begin Original Writing coursework (GCSE).
The course is back, and it’s still free: the only difference is that now it’s geared towards revision of successful creative writing technique, both to help students write their own stories, or to help them learn the techniques that authors use for more successful analysis of their exam texts.
Lu’s writing journals catalogue her extensive travels and experiences around the world, including The A – Z of Africa tour she completed with her husband, and the Shikoku 88 Temple Pilgrimage she made around Japan on her own. She has been published in several online magazines and is currently working on a manuscript of the collected writings of her Africa tour, and on two new adventures: being a mum and moving to Australia. She is a properly amazing person.
Mark Parry and Tom Stewart:
Mark and Tom were both only in their late teens when they set off in January 2010 to embark on their South American ‘Andean and Amazon Adventure’. The two seasoned adventurers took in most of South America, taking in mountains, salt flats, mines and local customs. In the guide they share their favourite moments and the inspiration that drives them to seek adventure.
Tom cliffdives and studies Industrial Design Technology at Loughborough University, and is planning on travelling again very soon.
Since 2001, Ms. A. Spargo has travelled extensively, firstly inter-railing around Europe, and then travelling solo to China, Australia, New Zealand, South East Asia, Hong Kong and India. She has also taken the Trans-Siberian Express from Moscow to Beijing and watched gorillas in Uganda. She works in London creating amazing events from other people’s imaginations.
The amazing character-creating author Jasper Fforde is the best-selling author of the Thursday Next and Nursery Crime books. He has been writing for twenty years, but only published for ten. His training took a while. He is the author of the Thursday Next Literary Detective series, as well as The Last Dragonslayer series, and other titles. He lives and writes in Wales, has a large family and likes to fly aeroplanes. He sent us words of wisdom for prospective writers from a speech he wrote for National Novel-Writing Month.
Sign up: right here, right now. The course begins on April 14th.