Muse Flash Media is a media training consultancy founded by journalists Heidi Scrimgeour and Hazel Davis and based out of Yorkshire and Northern Ireland.
What do we do?
We create and co-deliver a range of courses for media professionals in areas from pitching to confidence building as well as bespoke media training for small and medium businesses. Our six-week courses include:
Muse Flash: Cracking Pitches
For media professionals who want to polish up their pitching and feature writing chops.
Muse Flash: Cracking Coverage
For small and medium businesses who need a kick up the coverage pants (in the nicest possible way).
Muse Flash: Cracking Confidence
For people who simply need a bit of creative cheerleading.
Muse Flash: Cracking Creative Writing
Courses for budding authors, playwrights and poets. This training is delivered by relevant professionals in each area.
We also offer bespoke mentoring pathways for graduates of the above courses.
What makes us different from other media training consultancies?
We open our contacts books. You get the distillation of our combined 20-plus years of working at the media coalface. Moreover we’re both full-time freelance journalists so we are encountering the very challenges you face every day. Somehow we’ve managed to not yet become disillusioned with our industry so the buzz of a byline and the thrill of a commission still makes us dance around the room as much as it does you. We bring this passion to our training.
Who are we?
Hazel is based in West Yorkshire and writes for a number of publications including the Guardian, Daily Telegraph, Financial Times, Independent and Times as well as various lifestyle publications. She was assistant editor at awesome game-changing women’s magazine Standard Issue and works as a copywriter and editor for a wide range of clients in the public and private sectors. Hazel also sings in a folk duo and chamber choir, has two young bonkers children and two equally bonkers dogs. You can ask her neighbours whether her nightly melodeon practise is getting her anywhere.
Heidi has written for a range of national and consumer titles including the Guardian, Daily Mail, Express, Irish Independent and Psychologies. She is currently gear editor of Bauer’s Mother & Baby magazine on a freelance basis.
Originally from London, Heidi lives near the Giant’s Causeway in Northern Ireland with her husband and their three children. She is a founding board member of Belfast’s first co-operative brewery and (mainly due to the beer thing) feels obliged to be a runner, too.
Where did Muse Flash come from?
Bitchin’ Pitching was the first training course that Hazel and Heidi ran as co-tutors. As more and more students began contacting us to say they’d had work commissioned and published as a direct result of our feedback on their pitches, we decided to develop the course to allow more emphasis on bespoke mentoring. Oh, and that first student who kicked this whole thing off? We can’t claim much (any) credit but she’s now a published novelist with a second book on the way.
To find out more, drop us an email.