Virtual training - 6 July or 15 November 2023

Advanced Copywriting

Master the art and science of copywriting

6 July, 15 November 2023, full day virtual workshop (also available ‘in-house’ for groups)

This course has been developed specifically to meet the needs of experienced copywriters and marketing writers. If you’re already writing marketing copy and have a firm foundation in the essentials of persuasive writing, this is the course that can take your writing to the next level.

During an interactive and lively day, copywriting guru Gillian Heggs will take you beyond the comfort zone of textbook copy, helping you improve the impact and originality of your writing across contexts and media. The course ranges widely, drawing on useful insights from the worlds of psychology, Neuro-Linguistic Programming, narrative analysis and the science of persuasion.


You’ll also learn a suite of thinking and creativity tools, from Gillian’s own ‘copywriting wheel’ to brand storytelling techniques. But this isn’t just a course about how to think better about copywriting, it’s also about how to apply that knowledge to make a tangible impact on your writing. So during the day there’s plenty of time allocated to trying out and experimenting with your new knowledge – with Gillian’s support.

This course is an ideal stand-alone programme for experienced copywriters and marketing writers. It’s also a follow-up to our Essential Copywriting course, enabling you to build on what you’ve already learnt.

Who is the course for?

This course is right for you if…

  • You’re a good copywriter or marketing writer, but want to become great.
  • You’re an experienced copywriter looking for ways to freshen up your writing.
  • … or you’ve attended Gillian’s Essential Copywriting course and want to take things a step further.

If you’re not at this stage yet, you might be interested in our Essential Copywriting course.

  • A refresher on key copywriting basics
  • A reminder of key copywriting planning questions
  • Deep insights from other areas including persuasion, psychology and NLP
  • How to use the art of storytelling in your copywriting
  • A suite of elegant writing techniques
  • Creative thinking skills to help enhance your copy
  • Ways to develop an authentic voice
  • A powerful tool to help keep your progress on track after the course
  • Constructive, helpful feedback on your existing copywriting
  1. The copywriting wheel – based on a coaching tool that Gillian’s adapted for this course as an aid to assessing your own copywriting needs
  2. —Let’s get creative – an exercise in looking at things differently
  3. Drawing on knowledge from other fields – persuasion, psychology and NLP
  4. Powerful copywriting examples – what makes copy successful?
  5. Quiz: what are your top 7 planning questions?
  6. What’s the big idea – when we’re looking to create authentic difference
  7. Brand storytelling – examining this powerful tool for engagement
  8. Refresher: 21 top copywriting tips
  9. 7 copywriting formulas – let’s look at some of the most common copywriting models
  10. 7 elegant writing techniques including alliteration, parallelism and metaphor
  11. Let’s practise across a campaign – bring your own project (one you’re happy to discuss and share) or I’ll bring an exercise for us
  12. Moving on: your next steps

Virtual delivery

This workshop can be delivered live online by our expert trainers as virtual training for groups or as one-to-one coaching for individuals. Normally we split the content into two modules to help keep delegates fresh, and include lots of interaction and practical elements – just as we would in the classroom.

virtual training

Additional resources

This course also includes access to our Writers’ Study, a password protected webspace where we have posted articles, videos, tools and other useful content to help to continue developing as a copywriter after completing the course.

Inspiring venues

Our open classroom courses take place in central London at bright, energising and creativity inspiring venues. No dingy hotel meeting rooms here! A tasty and healthy breakfast and lunch as well as unlimited refreshments are available during the day.

Gillian Heggs

Gillian’s experience as a copywriter who has written award winning work, combined with many years working as a trainer and communicator, make her a highly effective and popular teacher. Running her own copywriting agency for over a decade, she has worked with clients ranging from international household names to new start-ups, and has written everything from direct mail and brochures to TV ads. As a trainer Gillian especially enjoys the process of creating bespoke workshops focusing on specific industry issues and writing challenges. Her warm personality and engaging training style bring the best out of those she teaches, helping them build confidence as well as technique during their time together.

“Probably the best online training I’ve done... I’ve come away feeling like my knowledge has expanded ten-fold.”
Marketing Designer
Allies Computing
“Extremely useful and can’t wait to put into practice what I have learnt today.”
Leorita Stubbs
Cambridge University Press​
“I learnt a lot of valuable techniques which have changed the way I treat copy writing on a day-to-day basis.”
British Standards Institute
"The perfect mix of theory and content, together with practical work and group engagement.”
Comms officer
The Fed

How to book

Open sessions

Next Dates

6  July 2023 – VIRTUAL (via Zoom)

15 November – VIRTUAL (via Zoom)



1 delegate: £395+VAT
2 delegates: £695+VAT
3 delegates: £945+VAT

In-house and virtual delivery

We can come to you to deliver this course at your offices, or can deliver the content via a live and interactive virtual course.

In most cases we can provide an all-inclusive quote to cover design, delivery and materials with some basic information:

  • Which course you are interested in
  • Where the course would take place (or if virtual)
  • How many delegates need to be trained

Just drop us a line with these basic facts and we’ll get back to you with a no-obligation quote on the same day.

Any questions?

If you have any questions about this or any of our other courses, please get in touch and we’d be very happy to help.