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This Chick Writes

Yes, you can write a book!

This course is now closed for new enrolments.

New class starts on 1st October 2017.

Click here to receive updates and an Early Bird offer


Hi there! I'm so glad you've found the This Chick Writes Challenge course! Let me guess...

  • You LOVE chick-lit and have your favourite heroines
  • You LOVE writing - even if you are a newbie to it
  • You have a blog (or a notebook, or dozens of them!) where you write your stories or about your daily life
  • You would love to write a chick-lit novel and have it published
  • You are not so sure how/where to start, you don't know much about plotting, characterisation, etc
  • You don't have time to sit down and write
  • You get writer's block
  • You're afraid of eating a lot of rubbish/drinking too much/getting a square bum
  • You think I've made my point with this list ;)

Well, let me tell you something, ladies: until my late 30's, I had no idea that I could write a novel - and see it published! Loveandpizza.it was "born" during my one year living in Naples, Italy, and was inspired by my youngest sister. It was put in the drawer for a couple of years, until I used my MA to "nearly" finish writing it. Then, in 2015, I participated of my first NaNoWriMo and finished it. I gave myself a month to revise/edit, and of it went to six amazing beta-readers. I was terrified, and so self-conscious you wouldn't believe it. It all went well then - phew! A few tweaks here, some more changes there and on 13th February 2016 Loveandpizza.it was finally published! Woot woot!

My second book, a novelette, was released in June 2017 and is called "Mothers and Daughters". It was part of the first This Chick Writes challenge, and it was an amazing book to write, not to mention the wonderful women I met along the way, who lend their mothers and daughters stories to be part of the book.


But, what's This Chick Writes Academy?

This Chick Writes Academy is a writing course that starts with a challenge! It starts with the planning stage, and will be open for enrolment 4 times a year only, As a member of the Academy you'll have access to this course with valuable tips and tricks for writing a chick-lit novel (although a few of our first students went on to write a different genre!), as well as a workbook to help you organise your ideas. You'll also have access to our closed community on Facebook, which will offer:

  1. Fast track to get started - 5 lessons on developing your plot, creating your characters, finding your writing voice, choosing the point of view and creating effective dialogue.
  2. Word count calendar by month
  3. Complete workbook at the time of enrolment
  4. One hour individual Skype consultation per month
  5. Monthly webinars/replays
  6. Podcasts

PLUS....

  • a safe environment for you to connect with other women writers
  • a weekly hangout with me, where I will give feedback to a chapter of your writing (this will be for all participants, on Facebook Live, but every week, I'll pick three chapters to give feedback on)
  • tips on how to edit/self-publish your novel once it's done
  • prep tips and support for NaNoWriMo 2017 (which is in November)

So, are you up for it? Are you ready to add some serious fun to your writing life? Click below to sign up to receive updates and your Early Bird coupon and get started for only $1 (first month membership value).

See you then.

Dani x

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Your Instructor


Daniela Pesconi-Arthur
Daniela Pesconi-Arthur

I’m a Brazilian who adopted Wales as “home” (and who has also been warmly welcomed by this wonderful country!)

I was born and raised in Uberlandia, Brasil, and moved to the UK in 2008. I lived in Napoli for a year (2008/09), where I left a piece of my heart. Honest, you guys, if there is a place you have to visit while you’re alive, it’s Napoli (and its surroundings). If I could, I’d visit every month! Even if just to eat the best pizza in the world! Napoli is also very special to me, as it was there where the idea for my first novel, Loveandpizza.it, was born. If you’re a fan of chick lit, and have been to Napoli, or think about going, check the book out. You’re going to love it! AND – by buying the ebook, £1 from EVERY book goes to a cancer charity ~ FOREVER! This is in memory of my mother, who died of cancer in 2013.

So, after nearly a year in Napoli, Hubby and I decided to settle down in Wales, and we now live in a little piece of Heaven, near the beautiful capital of Wales. It rains loads here, but I love it so much that I’d only leave this place to live in Italy. By the sea.

I graduated as a teacher (high school, uni, EFL) and when I moved to the UK I discovered Creative Writing as a course (a Master's in Creative Writing), as a profession, as a passion/obsession. I also discovered Counselling ~ by studying it and by needing it.

I guess I am an old soul, a very sensitive person, who overthinks everything and everyone more than I wish I would.

I don’t want to give you my CV here (you can connect with me on LinkedIn for this).

If you're up for more fun, personal info, you can read more here.



Frequently Asked Questions


When does the course start and finish?
The course starts now and never ends! It is a completely self-paced online course - you decide when you start and when you finish.
How long do I have access to the course?
How does lifetime access sound? After enrolling, you have unlimited access to this course for as long as you like - across any and all devices you own.
What if I am unhappy with the course?
We would never want you to be unhappy! If you are unsatisfied with your purchase, contact us in the first 30 days and we will give you a full refund.

This course is not open for enrollment.