It's not enough just to be a writer any more: publishers want journalists who can confidently tackle a wide range of media and production tasks. With this in mind, the Guild of Motoring Writers is developing a programme of training courses aimed at topping-up members' skills.

Last year I ran a one-day introduction to Adobe InDesign, which was a great success with very positive feedback from those who attended: "A splendid day that taught me heaps" said one, "Simple and easy to understand – aimed at exactly the right level," said another. So this year we're expanding the programme to three courses, with a few more in the pipeline.

The three courses are:

  • Basic InDesign – Thursday 23 August 2012
  • Basic Picture Editing in Photoshop – Tuesday 28 August 2012
  • Adobe InDesign: Problems, Fixes and Foolproof Layouts – Monday 3 September 2012

All three will take place in the Ellen Terry Media and Arts building at Coventry University. The courses have been organised in this order so that basic skills are taught first, benefiting all those who wish to attend two or all three. 

Each course costs just £60 for members of the Guild and £160 for non-members (both prices include VAT) – which compares very favourably with the cost of similar courses elsewhere. In part that's thanks to Skoda, which is is generously supporting the course programme.

To book a place on any or all of them, go to the Guild's online shop where you can choose either to pay the full course fee or to pay a £30 deposit via Paypal.