'Story' helps writers understand the most important aspect of writing: the story.
And helps them with the second most important aspect, actually writing.
It builds confidence and shows how writing can improve mental wellbeing. No matter what your writing experience or the format you want to write in. 'Story' will guide you and help you create time to write in a world full of distractions.
What people say
I attended Luke's one-day Story workshop and had a really enjoyable day. He helped me improve how I plan and construct a story, and I found Luke's suggestions and insight on character arcs helped me to see a difficulty I've been having in a new light. I'd very much recommend the workshop if you are either a new writer or someone who has been writing for a long time and could use some creative support and guidance.
Luke really helps you find your voice, guiding you through the storytelling process. His skill and knowledge enthuse you in such a way that has you sitting up late into the night writing, and then eager to meet up again to hear his views and sound advice. Honest, down to earth, full of humour and great company, with many a story to tell! Worth every penny and the time! Going to miss our weekly classes!
Luke brings the idea and enthusiasm of writing to everyone, inspiring people to use writing to help themselves.
Welcome to Story, my aim is to help writers understand the most important element of writing: Story. Then secondly, to actually write. At the same time, building writing confidence and providing a relaxed and friendly atmosphere to create. No matter your experience, no matter which format you want to create in (novel, screenplay, short story, shopping list) writing is something that everyone can enjoy and feel the benefits to your mental wellbeing.
Hi, I’m Luke, I’m a writer, I have been since I wrote my first dodgy teenage poem at twelve, and I have never stopped (although I quit the poetry, hopefully, got better and show people now). After years of struggling with the inner need to be a writer but not knowing how, I managed to lie my way (lies are just stories) into university to study creative writing, the first thing the university taught me was that I was, am, dyslexic. Luckily for me, at the same time, I discovered stand-up comedy, a form of writing that uses short, edited stories, hundreds of ideas and doesn’t care about spelling.
Despite leaving school with no GCSEs, I now have a creative writing degree, a master's degree in Scriptwriting for television and radio and lots of student debt.
As a writer, I spent over ten years as a professional stand-up comedian (yes comics write, they don’t just make it up as they go) performing in over thirteen countries and taking multiple shows to the Edinburgh Festival. I’ve won writing competitions and had my short film Angel Falls made, which won multiple awards (see below).
My workshops are friendly and relaxed, they can be interactive but no one is ever under pressure. I aim to inspire you to enjoy writing and offer guidance that will make writing easier. I don’t agree that you are either a writer or you are not, writing is fun and can be a hobby. Personally, I find writing therapeutic and a daily sense of enjoyment and achievement.
If you want to try writing, whether you have dreams of being the next JK Rowling or you just want to write for yourself, register an interest Above.
Watch film by clicking on photo
I have a two-year-old, meaning I have had no recent photos taken of just me.
I'm the one on the left
The three main problems that we aim to solve for all writers
‘I don’t know where to start’,
‘I’m not good enough’,
‘How do I make time in my busy life?’.
I don’t know where to start
A blank page, a blank screen, can be a black hole for creativity, all the ideas that have been running around your head screaming like sugar-filled children in a playground are all suddenly quiet.
“There is no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside you.” - Maya Angelou
The blank page is a common enemy to storytellers of all levels, but the good news is that we can turn that white-page brick wall into the start of your writing journey.
"The best time to plant a tree was 20 years ago. The second-best time is now." -
Whether your aim is to write bestsellers or just for yourself, it all starts with a blank page. This workshop walks you through how to start writing by helping you prepare your idea and create a writing plan. This means you will never stare at a blank screen without an idea of what you’re about to write. In truth, you have actually already started because the idea is in your head and all we have to do is release it.
“The first draft is just you telling yourself the story.” - Terry Pratchett
Am I good enough?
No one sits down to write without having the thought, ‘Am I good enough?’. You think, ‘But I’m not a writer?’ Well, once upon a time you weren’t a human, then you were born. If you can achieve a miracle like that, then you can be a ‘writer’, everything starts at the beginning.
“If you think you can do a thing or think you can't do a thing, you're right.” – Henry Ford
The truth is the way you get good enough is by doing, I always say the first draft is the worst draft, or if you prefer the more elegant words of Hemingway, he said, "The first draft of anything is shit."
Confidence comes from really knowing your idea, and in a relaxed and friendly environment, we will break down your ideas, polish them up and show you why they work. Personally, I learnt the hard way performing stand-up comedy, spoiler alert, comics write what they say on stage and when you write a story for stage you need to learn how to make it ‘good enough’ quickly. You will come away from this workshop confident that you have something that people want.
Another extreme version of not knowing if you are good enough is that I help write wedding speeches for other people. This feedback I got from a bride.
“For me, writing a bride's speech was the most terrifying part about my wedding. Using my own words, Luke created the most amazing speech, which gave me the confidence to do it.”
Her confidence came from the speech, but they were really her words, she just needed structure and direction. I use the same type of ideas when helping you create your stories.
My life is busy, I haven’t got time to write
Life is full of deadlines, work, kids, cleaning. Even relaxing has a deadline, ‘One more episode before bed, because I have work in the morning’. We live in a whirlwind of distractions, and adding something new is not easy. I used to wake up at five am and write for two hours before my day started, don’t worry this is not going to be my suggestion for you.
“Life is what happens when you are busy making other plans” – John Lennon
First, we will inspire you, nothing is easier than doing something that you enjoy. You need discipline to eat healthily, but I’ve never needed lessons on how to eat cake. When you start writing and are inspired, you find time, you feel the benefits like improved mental health. Secondly, I was wrong to get up at five am and just sit at the computer, this was why I started creating writing plans, and they worked, I never sit down to write without knowing what is next, it really saves time.
You also don’t need a pen or keyboard to write, a huge amount of writing is thinking, and it is important to give yourself space to do so, but you can also ponder writing problems while going about your day walking the dog, making the kids sandwiches or hoovering the garden.
If you are already a thinker, and you want to turn that into becoming a writer, no matter your experience, no matter what format you want to write in, no matter if you want to sell a million books or just write for yourself. This course will help you get started, help you get confident, and help you plan and work around your already busy life. All you need to do is sign up and grab a pen (keyboard).
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