An online and in-person creative confidence boosting space for all genres and all levels of experience. Our creative fiction and non-fiction workshops, courses, coaching and editorial support provide the skills, confidence, technique and inspiration to help you enhance, enjoy and explore your writing world. Whether you’re writing for pleasure or publication, and whether you’re closer to ‘first draft’ or ‘the end’, every writing workout will enhance your voice and develop your story.
Your Personal Trainer
Dr Rachel Knightley formed Green Ink Writers’ Gym in 2014, having found most people in the writing groups she attended always left with good intentions then did little in between! As with the physical gym, Rachel recognised writers needed to develop strategies to make, and keep, writing a regular healthy routine. After her MA and PhD in Creative Writing, Rachel studied Teaching Creative Writing at the University of Cambridge (PGCert). Rachel’s short stories appear in a number of anthologies and her first collection, Beyond Glass, was published in May 2021. Her second will be published in 2023. Her non-fiction includes Your Creative Writing Toolkit and the GCSE Drama Study & Revision Guide for Illuminate/Hodder Education. She leads a team of highly experienced writers, performers and coaches delivering writing, speaking and confidence-building for all ages, industries and levels of experience.
Thursday 8 December:
Edit With Confidence
From Wednesday 18 January
Keep those writing resolutions and level up your writing routine with a six-week course in getting to grips with your story, genre, and what it’s going to take to turn that work-in-progress into a submissions-ready draft in 2023. Each writer will have a minimum of two (entirely optional!) reading slots to present work-in progress for discussion and feedback. You will also be emailed full session content for any sessions you miss.
Week 1: What is good editing?
Key healthy habits around writing, rewriting and editing; key self-sabotaging habits to look out for. How to clarify what is the ‘heart’ of the story you want to tell, and make decisions according to your central vision.
Week 2: Point of View – the reader’s eye.
The stability and effectiveness of the world you present is only as strong as your point of view is stable. Get to grips with point of view, what your options are, and how to edit it for maximum clarity of meaning and emotional connection.
Week 3: Description – setting not set-dressing!
No matter how beautiful your description, what makes something significant is its relevance in the world where it takes place. Turn some exposition out of your character’s head and write the events that caused the thoughts, so they can cause the feelings in your reader too.
Week 4: Dialogue and Action – real people, places and things
Place and plot are only as real as the character inhabiting them. Show people, places and things through action, dialogue, facial and vocal expression, and how much detail is relevant and at what point you’re in danger of overselling or overwhelming the reader.
Week 5: Plot: your character’s domino effect
Build a synopsis so you can separate style from substance and make each work for the other. Identify the key events in your story and ensure causality for a satisfying conclusion.
Week 6: Structure: linear or non-linear?
Does your story belong in chronological order? Depending on what you put first, your reader’s opinions of characters and events will be greatly affected. Try out a new beginning and maybe a new ending, to make sure you make active decisions over which structure is best for you. This final week is also a celebration of your skills and a chance to apply them with confidence and excitement as we mark the end of term by blending imagination, memories, observatios and questions about the world into a unique story of your own. Tips on submissions to agents, competitions and publishers.
Dr Rachel Knightley is an author of fiction and non-fiction and a member of the International Coaching Federation (ICF). After her MA and PhD in Creative Writing, Rachel studied Teaching Creative Writing at the University of Cambridge (PGCert and Business and Personal Coaching (PGCert). Rachel’s short stories appear in a number of anthologies and her first collection, Beyond Glass, was published in May 2021. Her second will be published in 2023. Her non-fiction includes Your Creative Writing Toolkit and the GCSE Drama Study & Revision Guide for Illuminate/Hodder Education. She is a visiting lecturer in creative writing at the University of Roehampton and writes and presents on film and literature for Severin Films, Indicator Films and Starburst Magazine and YouTube. www.rachelknightley.com