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“Keep writing, no matter what.” Book Country Member Kelli Mahoney, winner of The Writers’ Academy Sweepstakes

Posted by January 28th, 2015

Book Country Member Kelli MahoneyBook Country member Kelli Mahoney won the intensive creative writing course offered by Penguin Random House Writers’ Academy in our sweepstakes last November. The Writers’ Academy is offering a new online creative writing class for beginners with Jane Lawson in March. Kelli shares what she’s learned from Michal Shavit, Editorial Director at Harvill Secker, and the best writing advice she’s received from the course. Connect with Kelli on Book Country

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Janet Umenta: What has been your favorite session so far in the course?

Kelli Mahoney: I don’t know if I can choose a favorite.  Every week poses a challenge and an opportunity to push me outside my comfort zone.  The writing assignments push me to create a more compelling and cleaner story, and the advice provided in the videos and readings are priceless.  I do like the progression from character development to plot.   Also, the writing prompts have opened up the flood gates of creativity, so sometimes we’ll have a 500 word piece to write that suddenly becomes a 6,000 word chapter of the book I’ve been working on. Continue reading

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Win an Intensive Creative Writing Course from The Writers’ Academy!

Posted by November 4th, 2014

Enter to win an intensive creative writing course with The Writers' Academy!

We’re excited to give away a free spot in the latest intensive creative writing course from The Writers’ Academy, a new range of online classes offered by Penguin Random House UK. This sweepstakes is exclusive to Book Country members who live in the US, the UK, and Canada (excluding Quebec).

During the course, you will be introduced to key elements of fiction including character, plot, and setting. The course includes weekly writing exercises, individual feedback and support, and videos and podcasts from world famous authors. You’ll also receive expert advice from Michal Shavit, Editorial Director at Harvill Secker. Shavit has worked with incredible authors including including Denis Johnson, Rachel Kushner, Karl Ove Knausgaard, Alexandra Fuller, Elif Batuman and Sheila Heti, among others. Tuition is priced at £499 (approximately USD $800!), but one lucky Book Country member will take the course for free! If you aren’t yet a Book Country member, go ahead and join now.

As a student, you’ll receive a discount on all further courses with The Writers’ Academy, and an opportunity to become part of The Writers’ Academy alumni community. You can read the full course schedule on The Writers’ Academy page.

Michal ShavitWe caught up with Editorial Director Michal Shavit to learn more about the Writers’ Academy, what it will be like to take this course, and how she approaches working with writers.

Why should an aspiring writer take a course from the Writers’ Academy?

As the largest publisher, Penguin Random House can draw on their vast pool of authors and editors to contribute to the Writers’ Academy online course with their tips, experience and valuable advice.  The Beginners course offers exclusive online content from authors and editors in the form of podcasts, videos and written materials. Weekly exercises, structured peer review and regular individual feedback by an experienced creative writing teacher help students understand the nuts and bolts of creative writing. The course flexibility allows students to balance their busy lives, work and other commitments around the course. Continue reading

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