Jackie Buxton

Writing Courses...

Do you slog through the day job, squeezing in everybody else's demands on your time, when all you really want to do is write your novel? Sometimes, you just need that push, helping hand, or the support of an (enthusiastic) tutor and your (empathetic) class mates to make it happen...
In my Novel in a Year courses, in groups of eight (standard) or five (small group) we look at the structure and mechanics of a story in stages as it weaves its way from first to last page. We study the tricks and techniques to great story writing and editing, and engage in comprehensive feedback on every student's novel as it progresses.
In between sessions there's the small matter of the next 7-10,000 words of the novel to be written. It’s eminently possible - honestly - and this course will help you reach what might at first appear to be, an impossible goal.
The next Novel in a Year course beginns January 2019, with only two places currently remaining. For detailed course information, class schedule and registration, please

My next Short Story Writing course (which includes a bucket load of feedback, mutual support and applause), begins in January 2019. You'll be asked to bring one short story to every one of the five monthly sessions. A loose theme and specfic element of writing will be introduced in a quick tutorial in class and we'll use various writing prompts to get you started - after that, the story is all yours! This is a great opportunity to learn whilst writing, creating a tidy collection of five of your own short stories by the end of the course. Class size is small: max five people, so please enquire early if you're interested. For further information, please

Novel in a Year

Short Story

Website NIY books

Proud collection of published works of previous Novel in a Year students...

“Always inspirational. ”

H. Goss, 2015, Novel in a Year.

“Thoroughly enjoyed the course and feel I have learnt an incredible amount. I would definitely do another.”F. Wood, Nov '16, Fiction Writing.

“Jackie's teaching is inspirational and progressive.”C. J Walker, Nov '16, Short Story Writing.

“Everyone felt so comfortable with Jackie which made them keen to give feedback [ ] always positive and I could really see ways of improving.”C. Richardson,
Sept '16, Novel in a Year.

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