Talks

I’m available as a speaker, workshop leader or a competition judge. To find out my fees, or discuss your requirements, simply email me through the Contact page.

I offer workshops on:

  • Writing sizzling short stories
  • Wowing fiction editors
  • The secrets of winning competitions
  • Crafting the perfect twist-ender
  • Plucking story ideas from thin air
  • Knockout plots
  • Dazzling dialogue
  • Creating memorable and thrilling characters
  • Mastering viewpoint
  • Attention grabbing openings and endings
  • Avoiding the most common mistakes.

I also run courses on writing and selling non-fiction books, how to make money from article writing and all aspects of journalism – from showbiz profiles to travel features.

Sessions can be as short as an hour or two, or run for an entire day (6-7 hours).

Feedback from my courses include:

  • “Inspiring”
  • “Outstanding”
  • “The time flew”
  • “Really excellent, friendly and approachable”
  • “What a talented guy – and great on delivery”

As a public speaker, I talk about all aspects of creative writing – but a favourite with writers’ groups is the tricks and techniques of impressing competition judges.

Feedback on my talks include:

  • “What a fantastic speaker – so funny and informative.”
  • “The best talks were Iain Pattison’s – learnt lots.””
  • “A very entertaining and motivating speaker. Take notes if you can stop laughing long enough.”

And talking of judging, I offer a service where I act as adjudicator on comps of all sizes – both national and club-member-only contests, and can supply detailed judge’s comments and individual critiques on entries. I can also, depending on distance, attend winners’ nights to present prizes in person!

Happy competition clients include:

  • The Writers Bureau
  • Writers’ Forum Magazine
  • NAWG – the National Association of Writers’ Groups
  • SWWJ – The Society of Women Writers and Journalists
  • Real Writers (regional judge)
  • Global Writer
  • Southport Writers’ Circle
  • OWLS – Ormskirk Writers and Literary Society
  • Thames Valley Writers
  • Ayr Writers Club
  • Flash 500
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