A. There is no set date. You and I work on a one-on-one basis.
A. A successful writer, unlike a plumber, builder or doctor is not gauged by the number of certificates earned. His or her writing experiences are the credentials. As a creative profession it’s usually a matter of ‘the more you do it, the better you get.’ For this reason I do not issue certificates as, quite frankly, they are not the measure of a person as a writer.
The ideal scenario is to write and keep writing; join writers’ clubs / groups and once again, keep writing. The course is aimed, mainly, at those who are serious and want to be published in fact or fiction. Of course, if you want to do the course just for fun, you are most welcome.
I would like to thank you, from my heart, for the effort you have taken. Your love and care, for your subject and pupils, surpass that of a teacher. I had concerns, initially, that a course would merely lend itself toward structure but this is just not the case. You have given me wings in that you have shown me which aspects of my writing need work and conscious effort and care.
Thank you and Thank you.
Judy's writing course is like studying for a literature degree in fast-forward. The lessons are comprehensive and easy to understand. The assignments test your understanding of newly-acquired knowledge and extend your writing ability. Judy forces you out of your comfort zone and guides you through the wonderland of your true writing potential. Her feedback is extensive and prompt; her comments always honest, constructive and encouraging. Working at your own pace is a luxury that removes stress and adds pure enjoyment. Would I recommend Judy's course? Hey, what are you waiting for?
Thank you for this course, it really has been fantastic so far! The lessons are really well laid out and I have light bulb moments at almost every turn PLUS I understand what you mean, big bonus.
I've gone through your comments a few times now, and I must thank you again for all of it - I've never received such incredibly constructive feedback before - my teachers have always been far too kind, leaving me with no room for improvement. I really want to be OUTSTANDING.
I was the first to do Judy’s on-line writing course and thank goodness I did. To become a good author requires talent, discipline and skill.Judy’s course will impart the discipline and skill. As a budding author I have read numerous books on how to write, they were all good in their own way.However much of what they taught was peripheral and in building parlance it would be akin to - how to paint a window.Judy will show you how to build the house, from foundation to roof. Her material and course content is interesting and reflects her years of experience.Yet, her method is not for the faint-hearted.If you listen – really listen, you will learn, but if your ‘defensive mechanism’ gets in the way, forget it. With Judy’s direction, I just may burst from the budding stage to that of a flowering author.Thank you Judy.
As a former student of Judy Barnes, I can highly recommend her courses to both beginners and experienced writers. Her approach is encouraging, challenging and extremely professional, and her crits are spot-on and helpful in a most practical way.
Dear Judy, Just a line to thank you for putting my foot on the first step of the ladder to get published. I had been waffling about with notes here and there. Piles of work in drawers and no idea how to sort it all out. Now, thanks to you, I am well on the way with my house in order and have a poem published in an Anthology of Verse and an article in an English magazine. My work is in order and I am on my way. Thanking you again for your advice and encouragement.
Judy's course gave me the courage to put words on paper. We learnt how to draw a map to pace our writing. We also learnt about the expectations of modern publishers and how to write as ourselves and not as a Jane Austen or Charles Dickens.
Thank you, thank you, and thank you! At last an honest crit of my work. I always thought something was wrong. Your input did not discourage me; in fact it had the opposite effect. Far too long now I have received rave reviews from non-profs in the business. Yours tells it like it is. Hello the real world. I shall read your course properly, take my time and deliver satisfactory work from here on in. There may still be gremlins and tons of errors, but at least I am getting the best possible advice from a fellow writer and master of the craft. I will also correct the assignments after you have marked them.
I've been marvelling at your ability to keep the course fresh, challenging & totally practical - well done! The idea of getting us to try & publish is fantastic!
Your course is well worded and free from the academic obfuscation that is normally written in to such courses and that is why I enjoy it thoroughly and recommend it to anybody who is interested in learning the ropes like me. It matters not at what level of intellect you are, you can comprehend and execute it.
Judy's course is simply wonderful. The ability to complete the assignments in one's own time provides a seldom seen flexibility to the busy student, and Judy wastes no time in assessing each piece of work submitted. Exciting, varied and original, the assignments themselves are a delight. I approached each one with trepidation and became completely engrossed in each short story I wrote, so much so that the children often went to bed hungry. Judy's pragmatic approach to structure, plot and characterisation is easy to understand even to those of us who don't have a degree in English.
Judy's comments are unarguably valid. She balances constructive criticism with gentle encouragement and her sense of humour radiates throughout her course. Personal insights into her life form an integral part of the lessons, and her hard-won experience is generously shared. Practical instructions on how to put the course into action are included in the final lesson and spur the 'graduate' on.
Having completed the course, I feel well equipped to make my debut in the world of professional publishing.
Thank you for such an informative, interesting and stimulating writing course! What I truly valued was your honesty, sincerity and integrity. You most certainly delivered what you promised and then, more! At times I felt as if I was your only student (nonsense, I know) with your individual and prompt attention. Thank you.
Thanks for all your help, Writing really is HARD work!!! Every time I get your next lesson, you open up a whole new dimension for me.It's often very intimidating, but very exciting journey. Enjoying it thoroughly. Thanks a lot.