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WRITING MENTOR-TRAINER

Here are details of my intensive short courses at the London School of Journalism. For anything elsewhere, check my news on the homepage.

To give you an idea of who comes to my workshops I thought I’d start featuring them here. For in-depth inspiration and lots of advice, click on the Success Stories too.

What my lovely students wrote about me

What my lovely students wrote about me


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February 2017 Group

February 2017 Group

They came in with serious determined faces and talked about wanting to write about their passions and their desire to add meaning to the world. They bonded with me and each other, and as they processed their feelings about their writing I saw their faces blossom and change to released and excited. Whilst I set them an exercise they secretly wrote the testimonials above.

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The December 16 Lifestylers declared that they were the group of Integrated Compassion. It was most rewarding helping everyone take the next step in their varied creative journeys. Not all the smiley faces are pictured as they had to dash for trains and planes.

Here’s a review of my June 16 Lifestyle writing course.

June 16 was a compact, cute group  fully supportive of each other and willing to open up to their full potential as individuals.

June 16 was a compact, cute group fully supportive of each other and willing to open up to their full potential as individuals.

March 2016 was a terrifically positive group keen to take all the small necessary steps for their big visions

March 2016 was a terrifically positive group keen to take all the small necessary steps for their big visions

Hazel Reichberger ‏@hazel_gohazel Apr 9
Reading magazines with new eyes thanks to @LornaVwriter. Still fired up from that journalism course ☺️

Everyone in the November 15 Lifestyle group had questions about being at a pivotal period in their lives and wanting to add writing as part of being happy and more fulfilled.

Everyone in the November 15 Lifestyle group had questions about being at a pivotal period in their lives and wanting to add writing as part of being happy and more fulfilled.

This is me snapped by student Matvey Minaev in action during a summer school lecture. I get very excited and passionate passing on my skills to new journalists :)

This is me snapped by student Matvey Minaev in action during a summer school lecture. I get very excited and passionate passing on my skills to new journalists 🙂

They got on so well, they called themselves the Organic-Dynamic group. We had fun, breakthroughs and inspiration in July 2015.

They got on so well, they called themselves the Organic-Dynamic group. We had fun, breakthroughs and inspiration in July 2015.

 

The March 2015 Lifestylers were super inquisitive and poised to make big life changes

The March 2015 Lifestylers were super inquisitive and poised to make big life changes

The November Lifestylers were passionate about the media and full of questions.

KimberlyWeiss ‏@KimberlyWeiss Dec 1
Want to improve your writing and have a bit of fun? Check out @LornaVwriter’s Lifestyle Journalism course @LSJournalism! #brilliant

KimberlyWeiss ‏@KimberlyWeiss Dec 1
@LornaVwriter Learning from the BEST!

Yessi Bello Perez ‏@yessi_kbello Nov 30
@LornaVwriter Thank you so much for 3 fantastic days last week!

July/August 14 Group all super ready to go

Lucy Devine ‏@lucedevine Jul 4
What an amazing three days! Learnt so much and met so many lovely and inspirational people. Thank you @LornaVwriter and @LSJournalism x

cindy humphrey ‏@cindyhumphrey1 Apr 4
This week has gone so quickly. Studying Journalism was a blast, thank you @LornaVwriter your energy & knowledge was awesome.

Kate Hicks ‏@Kate_Hicksy Apr 3
Thank you @LornaVwriter for a fun three days @LSJournalism. It’s given me the kick up the backside I needed, more focus and less la la la!

Melissa Wells ‏@Melissa__Wells Apr 2
Loved the last 3 days at LSJ with the sassy, straight talking no bullshit @LornaVWriter! Lots to think about for @melgreengoddess…#excited

 

I didn’t manage to snap the entire group from the April 2014 workshop as some had trains and planes to catch. The dynamic of this group was taking the next super big step to achieving their writing dreams.

 

My November 2013 group was dynamic and go-getting, and each person had very different reasons for attending: working full time in journalism, writing as an expert for popular media, creating commercial online content, freelancing, embarking on creative writing, freelancing, writing creatively, and improving general writing skills.

I’m often asked if it’s too late to start writing and here is proof that it’s not: John Haddock pictured here was an officer for the British Army in WWII, and has led an incredible life all over the globe. Keen to write his story, he came to my first talk last year in Sherborne, and followed my advice to set up a writers’ group. The Scribblers are going strong and there were five in my workshop this October 2013.

flânerie féminine ‏@zurichvienna 28 Jun
@Silvia_Novelli Hey, you attended @LornaVwriter’s FABULOUS course?? Lorna’s awesome, isn’t she?

Silvia Novelli ‏@Silvia_Novelli 28 Jun
@zurichvienna @LornaVwriter yes! I learnt a lot from Lorna. She’s a wonderful journalistic coach 🙂

This really was a gorgeous, global lifestyle group in June 2013: from Italy to Brazil, Nigeria to the Philippines, Ireland to L.A.

Claire Pope ‏@docu_addict 15 Mar
“Write to the quality of something you aspire to” words from today’s short course with @LornaVwriter

Claire Pope ‏@docu_addict 14 Mar
“It’s not unrealistic to voice a dream but you can be unrealistic about how you think you’re going to achieve it” @LornaVwriter

My dynamo March 2013 Lifestyle group
(back from l to r) Blogger-ex lawyer Jo, young Brazilian journalist Jose Gabriel, luxury fashion expert-ex YSL New York vice president Claude
(from l to r) film maker Claire, lifestyle blogger Jessica, therapist- E Magazine founder Angela

Former student Luca Foschi reporting for Italian press from a bunker in Afghanistan, late December 2013.

Selen ‏@selenantoinette 23 Feb
@LornaVwriter thank you for all the priceless information you taught.

Sherborne Literary Festival workshop October 2012

Happy with a lovely Sherborne audience