How do you make a living as a writer?

In this self-paced course you'll be guided through the world of finance as a writer. Led by Sam Ruddock, you'll learn about the ins and outs of budget making, bid writing, and the publishing industry. You'll interrogate the business side of your creative life through a series of exercises to get you re-evaluating your goals and focussing on your finances.

In this course you will:

  • Learn about the different challenges of self-publishing vs traditional publishing
  • Calculate how much you can charge for your work.
  • Design a realistic budget to help you manage finances throughout the life-cycle of a project.
  • Learn the definition of Ikigai and how you can apply this ethos to your planning.
  • Explore the current funding climate and the grant options open to you as a writer.

How long does it take?

As a self-paced course it's up to you how quickly you progress through the material. Binge it in a weekend, or dip in and out alongside your work in progress.

How does it work?

Our courses can be accessed on your desktop Mac or PC , laptop, tablet or mobile. All you need is an internet connection. You don't need to install any additional software.

When does it start?

Right now! This is a self-paced online course - you decide when you start and can go through it at any speed. You have unlimited access to the course so can return for a refresher at any time. What are you waiting for?

Meet Your Tutor

Sam Ruddock is a arts producer with decades of exeperience helping artists and writers see their work come to life. He is passionate about books, stories, and the way they can foster conversation and connection.

In 2014 he founded Story Machine, originally to explore how literature can be a live artform and how readers can engage communally with stories. Since then, it has grown to become a publisher, and offers services to help artists thrive.