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How to Write More & Stay Happy

Next level productivity for writers

Building on our free How to be a Productive Writer course, writer and tutor Ben Johncock reveals more tips and tricks for writing more, writing faster and staying healthy as a writer. Packed with exercises, this course will help you push past writer's block, identify bad habits and use technology responsibly.

During this 2-week course you will:

  • Figure out how to measure your productivity
  • Find out about THE STINKOMETER
  • Learn to recognise the curse of perfectionism
  • Understand the productivity engine and how to keep it going
  • Learn how to form good habits and break bad ones
  • Stop saying "I'm just so busy"
  • Discover the Blueberry Method
  • Learn the importance of being idle (and how it can smash writer's block)
  • Work out how to have a healthy relationship with technology, social media and your phone
  • The relative benefits and pitfalls or analogue and digital approaches
  • How to fill your emotional tank and be a happier writer


Your Instructor


Benjamin Johncock
Benjamin Johncock
Benjamin Johncock is an award-winning novelist, short story writer and journalist. He was born in Canterbury in 1978 and studied ancient history and archaeology at the University of Birmingham. His debut novel, The Last Pilot, was published in the U.S. (Picador) and U.K. (Myriad) in 2015 to widespread critical acclaim. It won the Authors’ Club Best First Novel Award, was shortlisted for the East Anglian Book of the Year, selected for Brave New Reads, and was one of The Observer’s Hidden Gems of 2016. His award-winning short stories have been published by The Fiction Desk, The Junket, Comma Press and Storgy. His journalism has appeared in the Guardian, The Spectator, and many others, and he has worked as an editor and copywriter. He’s on the editorial board of The Letters Page, a literary journal edited by Jon McGregor at the University of Nottingham, and for two years was a mentor for the National Centre for Writing’s Escalator writing programme. He is also a recipient of two Arts Council England grants. He lives in Norwich with his wife, his daughter, and his son.

Frequently Asked Questions


When does the course start and finish?
This is a completely self-paced online course - you decide when you start and when you finish and you can go through it at any speed.
How long do I have access to the course?
After enrolling, you have unlimited access to this course for as long as you like - across any and all devices you own.
What do I need?
Our courses can be accessed on your desktop, laptop, tablet or mobile. All you need is a web browser. You don't need to install any additional software.
How long is the course?
We've designed this course to take between 3 and 4 weeks. As a self-paced course it's up to you how quickly you progress through the material - you can binge it in a week or spread it out over a longer period.

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