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 info-packed 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


How long does it take?

As a self-paced course it's up to you how quickly you progress through the material. If you take a break from Netflix you could binge it in a week, or spread it out over a longer period.

How does it work?

Our courses can be accessed on your desktop Mac or PC , laptop, tablet or mobile. All you need is a web browser. 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.

Introducing Ben 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.

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