General Courses

These courses are open to all. Courses for education professionals are here.

Assertiveness Training – Making the Most of Myself

The importance of Assertiveness Skills has been recognised by mental health professionals for over twenty years. People who find that they regularly go along with others and have difficulty in expressing what they want are more likely to suffer from depression and to be taken advantage of.

We all want to feel confident and know that we have a range of responses we can bring to interactions with others which will avoid conflict and achieve an acceptable outcome. This course is designed to help people recognise that they already have the resources to do this and to use them effectively.

The course offers the opportunity to develop the following skills:

  • Dealing with feelings
  • Communicating clearly
  • Setting boundaries
  • Closing conversations
  • Gaining confidence
  • How to say ‘No’ and still feel good

Motivating Myself

Understanding what lies at the root of our personal motivation can help us determine what actions we can take that will help us achieve the goals we set. We are either positively motivated to act or de-motivated which results in very different kinds of actions.

Knowing what causes us to become de-motivated can be immensely useful in helping us developing strategies to avoid losing focus and determination.

This workshop covers:

  • Understanding my personal motivation
  • Identifying what de-motivates me
  • Knowing my mindset
  • Keeping failure in perspective
  • Developing resilience
  • Creating my own motivational environment

Presentation Skills

Whether it's giving a speech at a wedding, being interviewed for that all-important job, or pitching your novel or screenplay to a producer we all face occasions in our lives when we will be tested in how effective we are at communicating and presenting our thoughts to others. This course offers an opportunity to learn and rehearse the key skills of effective presentation which is not only interactive but also fun.

Key areas covered:

  • Being aware of body language
  • Overcoming nerves
  • Deciding on your personal style
  • Understanding your audience
  • Getting the key message across
  • Techniques for surviving tricky situations

Writers’ Workshop - Writers Succeeding in Schools

This is a series of 3 three workshops which take place at The Scottish Book Trust premises. They are designed for writers are aspiring to work with school children of all ages. The content covers everything that you need to know to ensure that your sessions are successful – from your first contact with the school to leaving with applause ringing in your ears and an invitation to come back soon.

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Workshop 1 - Writers Succeeding in Schools

Working with children in a school setting requires more preparation than is at first apparent in order to be go smoothly. Being in charge of the environment is really important to ensure that you can create the right atmosphere for your session, having an opening that captures your audience and then leaving them with something to remember you by are all key to ensuring you build a reputation as a great presenter.

Workshop 2 – Assertive Behaviour

The key to successfully managing groups of children is asserting your personality and ensuring they understand the boundaries for appropriate behaviour. There are well recognised assertive strategies and skills that can be developed to ensure that you stay in control of your presentation.

Workshop 3 – Creating Great Presentations

Great presenters make it look easy but behind that seemingly effortless performance there is a great deal of preparation and planning. What makes a great presentation are revealed in this workshop with the opportunity to work on your own presentation and get immediate feedback.


Each workshop is 3 hours long and costs £30 – signing up for all three workshops two weeks before the first one entitles you to an early-bird discount of £15.