Ahhh ‘write what you know’ – that old hackneyed chestnut, right? For most of us, ‘what we know’ is actually pretty dull and boring, but that’s not the point. The point is, we’re all frickin’ human. We all feel things (ugh, feelings). We all know stuff that other people don’t know. We’ve all experienced the world, with all its ups and downs and sideways strangeness. And the secret to good writing is translating all that innate human-y knowledge into honest, realistic fiction. 

No matter how much or little writing experience you have, no matter how low your writing confidence is (we’re talking to you, imposter syndromers), no matter what you want to write about or how little you think you know, we’re here to PROVE that you have a wealth of writing knowledge just ready to be unleashed on the world. 

After all, you are a human person thing, and you have all these emotions and life experiences and feelings and thoughts and you have seen things, man. You know things. You have lived. 

Which means: you can write. 

Over the course of four weeks we’re going to show you how to harness the power of your innate human-y knowledge; how to draw from what you DO know and translate that into fantastical, imaginative, moving, amazing fiction. 

We know that sometimes writing into the unknown can be terrifying. How do you put yourself into the shoes of someone other than yourself? How do you visualise and accurately depict a place you’ve never been? How do you write about something you’ve never done and make it feel REAL? 

You start with what you know. 

You use the experiences you already have on tap and adapt them, tweak ’em, manipulate and amplify them until they serve your purposes. You show your writing chops and turn what you know into what you don’t know in a believable, honest, and realistic way. 

Sounds easy/difficult/terrifying, huh? Yep. All of those. 

But we’re gonna do it anyway. 

So join us for a month full of pep, exercises, prompts and guidance on harvesting all the amazing things you know into your writing.

  • Learn how to craft teeny little truth bombs to scatter into your fiction and make it feel as realistic as possible

  • Suitable for any kind of writing: novels, short fiction, poetry, screenwriting, whatever floats your boat

  • Join our lovely little online community to support you through starting, middling, finishing and beyond

Course curriculum

  • 1

    WELCOME to Write What You Know!

    • Introduction

  • 2

    Week 1: What do you ACTUALLY know?

    • Day 1: Five things you know

    • Day 2: Giving value to your own experiences

    • Day 3: What's your theme?

    • Day 4: Why truth and realism matter

    • Day 5: Making a Life CV

    • Day 6: Three more important things

    • Day 7: Rest your writerly brain

  • 3

    Week 2: People, Places and Things

    • Day 8: Embodying an experience

    • Day 9: Take me to a faraway place...

    • Day 10: All the things

    • Day 11: A pause and a catch-up

    • Day 12: Story ingredients

    • Day 13: Resources & research

    • Day 14: Pep & relaxation

  • 4

    Week 3: Feelings and Emotions

    • Day 15: Right in the feels

    • Day 16: Emotional intelligence

    • Day 17: The only two stories in the world

    • Day 18: Transference

    • Day 19: An interlude (and some poetry)

    • Day 20: A round-up reminder

    • Day 21: Get pepped

  • 5

    Week 4: Writing AROUND It

    • Day 22: Reframing

    • Day 23: Discovery

    • Day 24: Let's go macro

    • Day 25: Whaddaya want?

    • Day 26: Why are we doing this again?

    • Day 27: All the things we know

    • Day 28: And so, the end

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