It’s 2024, and there’s a new run of Writing and Self-Publishing Workshops starting soon.

Helen Claire Gould was a professional trainer and evening class teacher in a previous incarnation, and has qualifications in teaching and writing training courses. 


Here’s the brochure for my Self-Publishing course, which starts on Tuesday 23rd April at 2.00 – 4.30 pm, with an alternative evening session on Monday 29th April at 6.30 – 9.00 pm if you can’t make Tuesday afternoons. From then on there are two workshops in the series each month, covering the following topics:

  • Print versus e-Publishing: Which Should You Choose?
  • Formatting and Publishing in Kindle I (how to format)
  • Formatting and Publishing in Kindle II (the business stuff!)
  • The Print Route I
  • The Print Route II
  • Marketing Your Book

Here’s the book link to this brochure in case you want to have a closer look at it and potentially download the original PDF to your computer:

Book link for Self-Publishing Workshops 2024:

Workshops in either Writing or Self-Publishing last 2½ hours each, including a short coffee/comfort break at about the halfway mark, and time to complete exercises. Each workshop consists of a PowerPoint presentation, with tutor input and relevant examples. Handouts and materials will be e-mailed out in advance to allow time to print them out ready for use. I use break-out rooms to enable small group working, which helps to build confidence, and we go through answers together and/or as part of an exercise.

The writing workshops start a little earlier as there are a couple more of them, beginning on Tuesday 12th March at 2.30 pm for the afternoon session, and on Monday 18th March at 6.30 pm. Here’s the Writing brochure.

Topics covered include:
  • “Dialogue”
  • Story-Telling for Writers I 
  • Story-Telling for Writers II
  • Person, POV and Characterisation I (the person and POV part)
  • Person, POV and Characterisation II (the characterisation part)
  • Building a Believable World I
  • Building a Believable World II
  • Improve Your Writing.

Here’s the book link to this brochure in case you want to have a closer look at it and potentially download the original PDF to your computer:

Writing Workshops 2024:

If you live in America, the timings will obviously be a bit different! Here’s a little table that should give you a heads-up about start and finish times:

Here’s another table, which gives a complete list of all the workshops in date order.

Updated list of workshop dates 2024
Updated list of workshop dates 2024

If after working your way through all of this, you find yourself keen to attend but unable to make a particular date or a day and time, please get in touch! I still offer private lessons and group sessions, at times of your choosing. Contact details are below and in the brochures.

To book a place

To book a place, please first let me (Helen) know you’re coming. There is a limit on places for each course of 12 participants, partly because we use small group work to build confidence, and 12 divides into groups of 2, 3 or 6 participants, or into 6 pairs, and partly because limiting the numbers makes me more available to spend time with everyone. To let me know you’re coming, either call me on 07771-884667 or e-mail me at And if you have any queries or need further information please also get in touch.

Once I know you’re coming, I’ll add your name and e-mail to the list, and issue an invoice. Once your payment has gone through I will send out the Zoom invitation (usually in the week before the workshop), and, a couple of days before the workshop, the handouts and materials. You will need to print these out, as once you’re in the break-out rooms you won’t be able to see the presentation, and you’ll need the information in the handouts to complete the assignments.