Coaching the Writer Within

Price: £ 495.00


Coaching the Writer Within Course

Get Unstuck and Start Writing Now

Unlock your full creative potential as a writer through personal coaching and writing feedback

The Coaching the Writer Within Course is for those who have a passionate desire to write. You know that if you don’t sit down and write, you’ll lose something of incredible value. While you know all this, you still don’t do it. Or if you do, you find the flow of words slowing to a trickle and eventually drying up completely.   

So, what’s the problem? 

The problem is simply that your mind is playing tricks on you and telling you all sorts of scary stories about what will happen if you actually take yourself seriously as a writer. What if my writing’s not good enough? What if I really suck at this? What if I have a day job and there’s no time to spend writing? Or what if I can’t afford it?

The mind’s terrible tales are endless and overwhelming. Even well-known and successful authors are plagued by self-doubt. But they don’t give up; they dive even deeper into themselves to unearth the roots of inspiration.  

And that’s what we’ll be doing on this course. You’ll learn to sidestep all those lovely excuses that stop you from writing and gain access to the deeper source of creativity.

Do this course if you are:

  • feeling stuck, blocked or uninspired
  • tired of giving up and you need an accountability partner to help you stay focused on your goals  
  • curious about the kind of writing you might be good at and want a supportive and creative space in which to explore new ideas and different voices 
  • wanting to strengthen your connection with your creative source so that you can turn on the inspiration at will

This Course Gives You...

Expert, Individual Feedback

Get prompt, honest, detailed feedback on every assignment from an award-winning writer. We focus on your unique writing strengths.

No Peer Reviews!

You will only be assessed by your tutor, an expert in their field. No more guessing and wondering how to write; you'll be guided line by line.

No Automated Marking

We use traditional methods of assessing work, as editors at publishing houses would. No generic feedback!

A Flexible Schedule

Work wherever and whenever you want to. You can easily fit our courses around work and other commitments.

Relevant, Usable Content

Easy-to-digest course notes that capture a lifetime of writing experience, ready for you to apply to your own writing.

Ongoing Assessment

Your writing is assessed continuously as your course progresses.

A Step-By-Step Process to Work Through Your Writing Blocks and Unleash Your Creativity

The Course That Makes It Easy to Get Writing

This seven-module course provides coaching by a professional life coach and award-winning author who understands first-hand many of the difficulties of the writing life.

Each session offers a specific coaching insight or process, as well as an invitation to submit a page or two of your own writing for coaching feedback. This enables you to process your personal coaching insights through actual words on the page and to make real progress towards your writing goals. It’s also a great way to try out different writing styles and voices without having to worry about the quality of your writing. The coaching space is one of exploration and play rather than outcomes and performance.

'Russel is an excellent tutor for this course. He is perceptive and non-judgmental, but doesn’t hesitate to gently challenge you when needed. His experience of writing and of being a writer combine to offer invaluable insight into the writing life.'

Yvonne Erasmus, Coaching the Writer Within Course

Course Overview

Start your course at any time – applications open all year round.


Price includes VAT

Other currencies will be converted at time of invoice



The assignments vary in length.



These modules include around 150 pages of course notes.



Work at your own pace – up to a maximum of seven months.


Working with an individual tutor means you can start the course at any time.


Basic writing skills are essential. Computer skills, e-mail and Internet access required.
No previous tertiary qualification required.

Coaching the writer within course run by Russel Brownlee at The Writers College

Tutor for this course

Russel Brownlee

Russel Brownlee is a writer and professional life coach.

After completing his Master’s in Creative Writing, Russel published his first novel, Garden of the Plagues. It won the Olive Schreiner Award for Debut Fiction and was shortlisted for the country’s premier writing prize, The Sunday Times Literary Award.

Russel then started pursuing a second great passion – personal development and self-actualisation – and became a life coach and hypnotherapist. His inspirational non-fiction book The Discovery of Causeless Joy: How to be happy no matter what happens is available on Amazon.

This course brings together the themes of writing and personal transformation in a way that supports and encourages people in meeting the challenges that go with the creative life. 

Course Curriculum


What is Creativity Coaching?

  • Introduction
  • How creativity coaching works
  • Your coach
  • What to expect

Module 1

Getting to Know You

  • Who are you?
  • What are you writing?
  • What are your creative goals and ambitions?
  • Are you super-confident?
  • Out of the mind and into the body (The Mindfulness Technique Part 1)

Module 2

Meeting the Blank Page

  • Defeating the blank page monster
  • Free writing
  • Restoring mental flow through free writing
  • Restoring energy flow through free writing
  • How to do free writing
  • The magic formula for beating the blank page monster
  • The writer’s initiation
  • Tasks 

Module 3

The Optimal Writing State

  • The true source of inspiration
  • The Mindfulness Technique Part 2
  • The science of inspiration
  • The Instant Inspiration Technique
  • Using Centering and Instant Inspiration in practice
  • Dealing with dark emotions
  • Tasks

Module 4

Writing as a Calling

  • Hearing the Call
  • Supporting the Call
  • Tasks

Module 5

What’s Blocking You?

  • Uncovering your blocks – continued
  • Two kinds of blocks
  • Working with limiting beliefs
  • Working with limiting situations
  • Your own blocks – limiting beliefs or limiting situations?
  • Living with difficult choices
  • Tasks

Module 6

The Hero’s Journey

  • The Hero’s Journey in storytelling
  • Your own Hero’s Journey
  • Your blocks as dramatic elements on your personal journey
  • Taking the next step
  • Tasks

Module 7

Putting It All Together

  • The road we’ve travelled
  • Checking in with your writing goals
  • Creating new goals
  • The yin and yang of writing

What Our Students Say

LindaCoaching the Writer Within Course
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Completing the course was such an eye-opening and beautiful journey. It exceeded my expectations. Russel was an insightful and wise tutor, which definitely came across in the feedback he gave.
Allan SpearCoaching the Writer Within Course
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I found the course challenging, well-structured and packed with useful and relevant information that was usable. As for Russel himself as a tutor, I found him to always challenge me as a writer and not just comment ‘good job’ or ‘well done’ but also interrogate what I had written and give suggestions that improved me as a writer. His exercises are valuable and anyone doing the training would greatly benefit from doing them. Awesome tutor and service as usual from The Writers College.
Brenda Ilbury​Coaching the Writer Within Course
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Challenging in the most positive way. Although it’s never comfortable to look at why and how we self-sabotage, it wasn't nearly as daunting as I imagined and certainly provided me with insight and tools to overcome some of the difficulties I encounter. Russel is really empathic and intuitive and shares his knowledge and experience very willingly in a realistic and helpful way that certainly encouraged me to start working toward overcoming some of my challenges.
Lindsey SandersonCoaching the Writer Within Course
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From having been totally stuck with my writing before starting this course, I have now started writing again and feel very inspired. I loved the way the course was set out and it was easy and exciting to work through. The experience with my tutor Russel was really rewarding. I loved his approach and his encouragement to dig into my soul. The personal feedback was great and I enjoyed receiving the audio responses to my submissions. His replies were very prompt and helpful. The course was very inspiring.

Get These Additional Benefits

Lifetime Course Access

Benefit from free lifetime access to future course updates and access to our writing resources.

Join a Community of Writers

You will have access to our friendly Facebook community, daily writing tips and writing inspiration.

500+ Bonus Articles on Our Blog

A superb, constantly updated resource with articles on writing and interviews with writers.

Work at Your Own Pace

Our courses work around you. You can pace your course around your busy life.

Work Opportunities

Top students are invited to join our writers and editors for hire service.

Be the First to Know About Writing Competitions

We'll help you keep up to date with the latest competition announcements

Risk-Free 100% Money-Back Guarantee

We are so confident that you will love your course that if you’re not 100% satisfied with the quality of our training, simply ask for a refund within 30 days.

Complete the Application Form to Enrol on the Coaching the Writer Within Course

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Questions? We've Got Answers

The course consists of an introduction module and seven coaching sessions. Detailed notes covering the content of each coaching session will be emailed to you. 

At the end of each session, you will be required to complete a number of tasks. 

Once the set tasks have been completed and emailed to your coach, you will receive feedback and the session will be considered complete. The next session will then be emailed to you.

Some students may prefer Skype feedback. This will be available at specific times only.

Absolutely. You have direct communication with your tutor for the duration of the course. The more questions you ask, the more you will get out of the course.

You will get lifetime access to the course, and you’ll benefit from all future updates and improvements to the course.

For the majority of our courses, only your tutor will see your work. Your work will remain completely private unless you get it published. In the journalism courses, your work might be published in the public domain, but you do have the final say as to whether or not it is published.

Students will receive a Writers College Certificate upon successful completion of the course, provided they meet the following conditions:

  • Students must complete all 40 writing assignments
  • The course must be completed within four months of registration
  • Students are expected to attain a minimum average of 50% for the course
  • Basic writing skills are essential.
  • Basic computer skills, as well as email and Internet access are required.
  • No previous tertiary qualification is required.

Because you will work with an individual tutor, you can apply for a course and start as soon as you want to. There are no specific start dates as would be the case with a traditional college.

An application is usually approved within one working day. Once we see proof of payment, your course will start.

You could be starting your course today!

There is no research required for this course, just planning and writing. The speed at which you work is entirely up to you.

Each session must be finished within a fortnight. After studying the session notes, the exercises should take between one and three hours to complete, excluding daily personal writing.

You have seven months to complete the course (and an extra 21 days if your course runs over the Christmas and New Year break).

You are welcome to finish the course sooner if you want to, but we wouldn’t want you to rush the process too much!

Once your application has been approved, you will receive notice of approval and an invoice via email. As soon as we see proof of payment, you will receive the first module. We will also send you your tutor’s email address and your login details. Your tutor will also be in touch to welcome you.

Any work you create on our courses is owned by you. We will never make a claim to anything you produce. We follow the rule that copyright subsists with the creator (you).

'From having been totally stuck with my writing before starting this course, I have now started writing again and feel very inspired. The experience with my tutor Russel was really rewarding. I loved his approach and his encouragement to dig into my soul. The course was very inspiring.'

Lindsey Sanderson, Coaching the Writer Within Course

Got More Questions?

We would love to help you choose the best course for you. Tell us what style of writing you want to develop and we'll give you some options.

Our Refund Policy

If within seven days of starting your course you are not happy on your course, we can either transfer you to a different course or provide a full refund.

If you request a refund after seven days and before 30 days we will charge a 5% administrative fee, as well as any bank fees and tutor fees already incurred.

We do not offer a refund after 30 days on the course.