If you want to Write a Memoir
Look at the Cape Town Memoir classroom course dates, the Greek Retreat or the absolutely essential twice-annual Complete your Book Mastermind.
If you want to Write a Novel
Look at the Cape Town course dates or sign up for the online Write a Book in 100 Days. The classroom course price includes 100 Days which will make SURE you write your book.
If you want to Write a Romance
Join the intense two-day workshop that will give you all you need to know to write a romance. Check out scheduled dates in the course dates
If you need help finishing your book
Find out our Cape Town meet-and-write dates here (known as bum time dates)
Join our three month online mentoring programme called All the Way. This is closed group with Kate Emmerson and Sarah Bullen to take you all the way from a first draft to being ready to submit to publishers in 12 weeks.
To apply email me.
Not sure what you want to write?
Mail me first to get clear.
All the dates are in the course dates section.
All the courses are suitable for people with no writing experience, or for writers who are just stuck with plotting or character development. I've had a range of people come on the courses over the past few years, from published authors who need a push to novices who have only ever written letters.
The online courses are longer, and take you through the entire book writing process. I also run ad hoc shorter courses so make sure you sign up to the newsletter so you get informed when and where they are running.
Sarah Bullen and Kate Emmerson run 2 five-month Complete your Book MasterMind groups a year. This is for novels, non-fiction or memoir. They are by application only. If you are interested in joining the next one please download an application form.
Find all the information and the form you need here
Internationally described as “a literary kick up the ass” this global online writing course is a sure-fire way to get out your first draft of your book. This course is designed to push, prod and guide you to get off your butt and finally write the first draft of your book. It is led by writing coach and author Sarah Bullen, who brings in a team of editors and novelists to give you feedback, tips and tricks.
Writers are guided through the entire book creation process, from planning to fine tuning and perfecting their manuscripts—from the seed of an idea to a high-quality first draft.
How does it work?This is an intensive 100 Day journey to develop your plot, craft your characters and write your book.
Every day you will be mailed a modules to read. You will get exercises in plotting, storytelling, characters, dialogue, style, theme, genre and writing. Do the exercises and you will use them in your book. Do the exercises and you will WRITE a book.
When? Any time. You pay your course fee and we get you started
This course is designed for new writers who want to write a novel, or experienced writers who are stuck. It is the best place to start your writing career. It will guide you through the process of writing a book from start to finish. You need nothing but your ideas in order to attend. You will end up writing a book
Unlike many courses that take you through the theory of writing and plotting, this course is geared towards getting you going on your novel. By the end of the four weeks (or eight modules) you will be well on your way to writing your book. You will have the entire book plotted, you characters developed and your first few chapters written.
It’s a hard push to get you to engage with the dream of writing a book. But I also focus on getting you to write a publishable novel.
It is a challenge to act on your desire.
You do not need to have a book idea already in mind, by the end of the first week everyone will have a story.
Together we will make it into a plot, then a book.
When? Check the Course Dates
Writing your own story is a powerful experience. Some stories simply have to be written. After years of teaching novel writing my love has turned to memoir. Both of my non-fiction books have been memoir-based and so many writers I work with are focusing on memoir.
Why do we write about ourselves? We write because we want to understand. We write to record and remember.
Flannery O’Connor famously said that anyone who survives childhood has enough material to write anything.
You can write your story for your family, for your children, for a publisher or a magazine. But most of all you can also write it for yourself. You can write to record your life, or a part of it. It is a way of finding meaning. It is creative journey of the soul.
Just join us and write it down. Tell your own story.