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Fiction Writing Courses

Whether you're just starting out or an experienced writer looking to take their fiction to the next level, our courses – led by acclaimed authors and industry experts – will give you the tools, insight and support you need.

Our fiction writing courses: an overview

We offer a range of fiction workshops, from those suitable for absolute beginners up to our most advanced classes. Whether you’re a student in our London offices or in our bespoke online classroom, you’ll benefit from the unique insight of taking a course within the UK’s leading independent publisher, as well as the expertise of your tutor and the support of your classmates.

Some of our fiction writing courses are selective, meaning you’ll need to apply.

Many of our online fiction writing courses are flexible, designed to fit in around your other commitments. Some feature regular live elements with guest speakers and your tutor, while others are entirely self-paced for maximum convenience.

Who are these courses for?

Aspiring writers

Never tried writing fiction before? We have courses and workshops suitable for total beginners – gain the essential tools, experiment with form and start finding your voice.

Writers in need of inspiration

If you've been writing for a while but feel you're lacking motivation or confidence, brush up on some of your technical skills and re-invigorate your creative process with a group of likeminded writers.

Writers looking to begin a career

Been writing as a hobby but ready to move to the next step? Our more advanced fiction writing courses include valuable industry insights as well as practical advice on writing, editing and pitching your work.

Fiction Writing Courses (43)

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Fiction Development, Novel Writing

Writing a Novel (Online)

A serious but flexible course for committed writers, with access to leading industry experts and round-the-clock support from our team.

Level

Advanced

What do these levels mean?

Location

Online

Length

6 month +

Tutors

Tom Bromley, Rowan Hisayo Buchanan, Lee Weatherly

By Application

Start Date

Wednesday 19 Jan 2022

1 more start date available

Application Deadline

Sunday 02 Jan 2022

£2500
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Fiction Development, Novel Writing

Writing a Novel (Daytime)

A comprehensive six-month writing course for the serious writer, with access to some of the biggest names in publishing.

Level

Advanced

What do these levels mean?

Location

London

Length

6 month +

Tutors

Nikesh Shukla, Shelley Weiner

By Application

Start Date

Thursday 07 Oct 2021

1 more start date available

Application Deadline

Sunday 12 Sep 2021

£4000
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Fiction Development, Novel Writing

Writing a Novel (Online)

A serious but flexible course for committed writers, with access to leading industry experts and round-the-clock support from our team.

Level

Advanced

What do these levels mean?

Location

Online

Length

6 month +

Tutors

Peter Benson, Emily Barr, Lee Weatherly

By Application

Start Date

Saturday 25 Sep 2021

1 more start date available

Application Deadline

Thursday 09 Sep 2021

£2500
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Fiction Development, Novel Writing

Masterclass: Triangles and Squares in Fiction

One of a series of ten intensive, impactful masterclasses from Faber Academy's Director of Fiction.

Level

Advanced

What do these levels mean?

Location

Online

Length

1-5 days

Tutors

Richard Skinner

Start Date

Monday 27 Sep 2021

£75
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Fiction Development, Novel Writing

Edit and Submit Your Novel

Expert industry insight and all the technical tools you'll need to take your manuscript from first to final draft.

Level

Advanced

What do these levels mean?

Location

Online

Length

5-12 weeks

Tutors

Rose Tomaszewska, Catherine Cho

By Application

Start Date

Thursday 30 Sep 2021

Application Deadline

Sunday 05 Sep 2021

£1250
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Fiction Development

Read Like a Writer

Read wider, read smarter and find new ways to get your words onto the page.

Level

Starting out

What do these levels mean?

Location

Online

Length

1-4 weeks

Tutors

Tom Bromley

Start Date

Monday 04 Oct 2021

£120
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Fiction Development

Fiction Skills: Plot

Create storylines that keep readers turning those pages in this self-paced online course.

Level

Improving

What do these levels mean?

Location

Online

Length

1-4 weeks

Tutors

Tom Bromley

Start Date

Monday 11 Oct 2021

£120
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Crime, Fiction Development

Writing Crime

Learn the secrets of the UK's most popular genre and begin work on your own crime novel in this eight-week online course.

Level

Improving

What do these levels mean?

Location

Online

Length

5-12 weeks

Tutors

Andrew Wilson

Start Date

Monday 11 Oct 2021

1 more start date available

£495
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Fiction Development, Novel Writing

Start to Write

A no-excuses, let’s-get-going, beginners' creative writing course to kickstart your writing life.

Level

Starting out

What do these levels mean?

Location

Online

Length

1-5 days

Tutors

Sarah May

Start Date

Saturday 16 Oct 2021

6 more start dates available

£100
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Fiction Development, Writing for Children

Writing YA

Young Adult fiction is one of the boldest forms of recent times – learn how to write for the most passionate and discerning audience out there.

Level

Improving

What do these levels mean?

Location

Online

Length

5-12 weeks

Tutors

Lee Weatherly

Start Date

Monday 18 Oct 2021

1 more start date available

£495
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Fiction Development, Novel Writing

Start to Write

A no-excuses, let’s-get-going, beginners' creative writing course to kickstart your writing life.

Level

Starting out

What do these levels mean?

Location

London

Length

1-5 days

Tutors

Richard Skinner

Start Date

Saturday 23 Oct 2021

5 more start dates available

£100
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Fiction Development

Masterclass: The Idea of Conflict

One of a series of ten intensive, impactful masterclasses from Faber Academy's Director of Fiction.

Level

Advanced

What do these levels mean?

Location

Online

Length

1-5 days

Tutors

Richard Skinner

Start Date

Monday 25 Oct 2021

£75
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Fiction Development

Fiction Skills: Research

Learn how to convert dry facts and higgledy-piggledy materials into compelling stories packed with atmosphere.

Level

Improving

What do these levels mean?

Location

Online

Length

1-4 weeks

Tutors

Philip Marsden

Start Date

Tuesday 02 Nov 2021

£120
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Fiction Development

Fiction Skills: Setting

Learn how to create unforgettable story worlds that a reader can immerse themselves in – and how other writers use setting to transform their fiction.

Level

Improving

What do these levels mean?

Location

Online

Length

1-4 weeks

Tutors

Tom Bromley

Start Date

Monday 08 Nov 2021

£120
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Fiction Development, Novel Writing

Start to Write

A no-excuses, let’s-get-going, beginners' creative writing course to kickstart your writing life.

Level

Starting out

What do these levels mean?

Location

Online

Length

1-5 days

Tutors

Sarah May

Start Date

Saturday 13 Nov 2021

6 more start dates available

£100
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Fiction Development, Novel Writing

Masterclass: Plotting

One of a series of ten intensive, impactful masterclasses from Faber Academy's Director of Fiction.

Level

Advanced

What do these levels mean?

Location

Online

Length

1-5 days

Tutors

Richard Skinner

Start Date

Monday 29 Nov 2021

£75
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Fiction Development, Novel Writing

Start to Write

A no-excuses, let’s-get-going, beginners' creative writing course to kickstart your writing life.

Level

Starting out

What do these levels mean?

Location

Online

Length

1-5 days

Tutors

Sarah May

Start Date

Saturday 11 Dec 2021

6 more start dates available

£100
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Fiction Development

Masterclass: The Whole Writing Process in One Go

One of a series of ten intensive, impactful masterclasses from Faber Academy's Director of Fiction.

Level

Advanced

What do these levels mean?

Location

Online

Length

1-5 days

Tutors

Richard Skinner

Start Date

Monday 13 Dec 2021

£75
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Fiction Development, Novel Writing

Start to Write

A no-excuses, let’s-get-going, beginners' creative writing course to kickstart your writing life.

Level

Starting out

What do these levels mean?

Location

Online

Length

1-5 days

Tutors

Richard Skinner

Start Date

Saturday 18 Dec 2021

5 more start dates available

£100
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Fiction Development, Novel Writing

Start to Write

A no-excuses, let’s-get-going, beginners' creative writing course to kickstart your writing life.

Level

Starting out

What do these levels mean?

Location

Online

Length

1-5 days

Tutors

Sarah May

Start Date

Saturday 08 Jan 2022

6 more start dates available

£100
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Crime, Fiction Development, Novel Writing

Getting Started: Beginners' Fiction

Everything you need to call yourself a writer – discipline, craft skills and a great group of people to work with – in one online writing course experience.

Level

Starting out

What do these levels mean?

Location

Online

Length

1-4 weeks

Tutors

Helen Shipman

Start Date

Monday 10 Jan 2022

£350
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Fiction Development, Novel Writing

The Writer's Toolkit

Take your writing to the next level with this online writing retreat.

Level

Improving

What do these levels mean?

Location

Online

Length

1-5 days

Tutors

Marcel Theroux

Start Date

Monday 17 Jan 2022

£450
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Crime, Fiction Development, Novel Writing, Short Story

Create Brilliant Characters

Discover the secrets of successful character creation, and try out failsafe techniques to bring your own characters to life.

Level

Improving

What do these levels mean?

Location

Online

Length

1-4 weeks

Tutors

Tom Bromley

Start Date

Monday 17 Jan 2022

£120
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Crime, Fiction Development, Novel Writing

Kickstart Your Novel

Take your writing to the next level, and develop both the technical skill and the narrative momentum to really get stuck into your novel.

Level

Improving

What do these levels mean?

Location

Online

Length

5-12 weeks

Tutors

Ayisha Malik, Susmita Bhattacharya

Start Date

Monday 17 Jan 2022

£495
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Fiction Development, Novel Writing

Writing a Novel (Daytime)

A comprehensive six-month writing course for the serious writer, with access to some of the biggest names in publishing.

Level

Advanced

What do these levels mean?

Location

London

Length

6 month +

Tutors

Nikesh Shukla, Shelley Weiner

By Application

Start Date

Tuesday 18 Jan 2022

1 more start date available

Application Deadline

Friday 31 Dec 2021

£4000
Fiction Development, Novel Writing

Writing a Novel (Evening)

A comprehensive six-month writing course for the serious writer, with access to some of the biggest names in publishing.

Level

Advanced

What do these levels mean?

Location

London

Length

6 month +

Tutors

Richard T. Kelly, Joanna Briscoe, Sarah May, Sabrina Broadbent

By Application

Start Date

Tuesday 18 Jan 2022

1 more start date available

Application Deadline

Friday 31 Dec 2021

£4000
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Fiction Development, Novel Writing

Writing Fiction

Whether you're just starting out or trying to revitalise your writing process, find your feet in fiction with this intensive twelve-week course – and learn to write in a way that belongs entirely to you.

Level

Improving

What do these levels mean?

Location

London

Length

5-12 weeks

Tutors

Keith Ridgway

Start Date

Tuesday 18 Jan 2022

1 more start date available

£995
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Fiction Development, Novel Writing

Getting Started: Beginners' Fiction

A twelve-week creative writing course for beginners. Playful, serious and fun, it asks what writing is and why we do it.

Level

Starting out

What do these levels mean?

Location

London

Length

5-12 weeks

Tutors

Sue Gee

Start Date

Wednesday 19 Jan 2022

£995
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Fiction Development, Short Story

Writing Short Stories

Learn the craft of short story writing, then create and polish new stories of your own with an award-winning writer.

Level

Starting out

What do these levels mean?

Location

Online

Length

5-12 weeks

Tutors

Lucy Caldwell

Start Date

Thursday 20 Jan 2022

£795
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Fiction Development, Novel Writing

Finish Your Draft

Find the focus and drive to finish your novel with a supportive group of fellow writers and a great tutor to keep you on track.

Level

Advanced

What do these levels mean?

Location

Online

Length

6 month +

Tutors

Tom Bromley

By Application

Start Date

Monday 24 Jan 2022

Application Deadline

Sunday 09 Jan 2022

£1650
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Fiction Development, Novel Writing

Start to Write

A no-excuses, let’s-get-going, beginners' creative writing course to kickstart your writing life.

Level

Starting out

What do these levels mean?

Location

London

Length

1-5 days

Tutors

Richard Skinner

Start Date

Saturday 29 Jan 2022

5 more start dates available

£100
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Fiction Development

Masterclass: Editing

One of a series of ten intensive, impactful masterclasses from Faber Academy's Director of Fiction.

Level

Advanced

What do these levels mean?

Location

Online

Length

1-5 days

Tutors

Richard Skinner

Start Date

Monday 31 Jan 2022

£75
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Crime, Fiction Development, Novel Writing

Writing Crime

Learn the secrets of the UK's most popular genre and begin work on your own crime novel in this eight-week online course.

Level

Improving

What do these levels mean?

Location

Online

Length

5-12 weeks

Tutors

Andrew Wilson

Start Date

Monday 31 Jan 2022

1 more start date available

£495
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Fiction Development, Non-fiction, Novel Writing, Short Story

Read Like a Writer

Read wider, read smarter and find new ways to get your words onto the page.

Level

Improving

What do these levels mean?

Location

Online

Length

1-4 weeks

Tutors

Tom Bromley

Start Date

Monday 31 Jan 2022

£120
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Fiction Development, Novel Writing

Start to Write

A no-excuses, let’s-get-going, beginners' creative writing course to kickstart your writing life.

Level

Starting out

What do these levels mean?

Location

Online

Length

1-5 days

Tutors

Sarah May

Start Date

Saturday 19 Feb 2022

6 more start dates available

£100
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Fiction Development, Novel Writing

Writing YA

Young Adult fiction is one of the boldest forms of recent times – learn how to write for the most passionate and discerning audience out there.

Level

Improving

What do these levels mean?

Location

Online

Length

5-12 weeks

Tutors

Lee Weatherly

Start Date

Monday 21 Feb 2022

1 more start date available

£495
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Crime, Fiction Development, Non-fiction, Novel Writing, Short Story

Fiction Skills: Research

Learn how to convert dry facts and higgledy-piggledy materials into compelling stories packed with atmosphere.

Level

Improving

What do these levels mean?

Location

Online

Length

1-4 weeks

Tutors

Philip Marsden

Start Date

Monday 21 Feb 2022

£120
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Fiction Development, Novel Writing

Start to Write

A no-excuses, let’s-get-going, beginners' creative writing course to kickstart your writing life.

Level

Starting out

What do these levels mean?

Location

London

Length

1-5 days

Tutors

Richard Skinner

Start Date

Saturday 26 Feb 2022

5 more start dates available

£100
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Fiction Development

Masterclass: Synopses

One of a series of ten intensive, impactful masterclasses from Faber Academy's Director of Fiction.

Level

Advanced

What do these levels mean?

Location

Online

Length

1-5 days

Tutors

Richard Skinner

Start Date

Monday 28 Feb 2022

£75
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Fiction Skills: World Building

Learn how to create unforgettable story worlds that a reader can immerse themselves in – and how other writers use setting to transform their fiction.

Level

Improving

What do these levels mean?

Location

Online

Length

1-4 weeks

Tutors

Tom Bromley

Start Date

Monday 28 Feb 2022

£120
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Fiction Development, Novel Writing

Start to Write

A no-excuses, let’s-get-going, beginners' creative writing course to kickstart your writing life.

Level

Starting out

What do these levels mean?

Location

Online

Length

1-5 days

Tutors

Sarah May

Start Date

Saturday 12 Mar 2022

6 more start dates available

£100
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Fiction Development, Novel Writing

Start to Write

A no-excuses, let’s-get-going, beginners' creative writing course to kickstart your writing life.

Level

Starting out

What do these levels mean?

Location

London

Length

1-5 days

Tutors

Richard Skinner

Start Date

Saturday 26 Mar 2022

5 more start dates available

£100
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Fiction Development

Masterclass: Planning and Writing The Mirror

One of a series of ten intensive, impactful masterclasses from Faber Academy's Director of Fiction.

Level

Advanced

What do these levels mean?

Location

Online

Length

1-5 days

Tutors

Richard Skinner

Start Date

Monday 28 Mar 2022

£75
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Fiction Development

Writing Audio Drama: From Plays to Podcasts

Learn to write gripping audio drama with an intensive week-long course on story, structure and technique – and take an in-depth look at the growing market for this exciting form.

Level

Improving

What do these levels mean?

Location

Online

Length

1-5 days

Tutors

Mike Harris

Start Date

Monday 20 Jun 2022

£450
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Fiction Writing Tutors

Our tutors are all multi-published novelists and experienced teachers, hand-picked from Faber and beyond.

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Mike Harris

Mike Harris

Totally reinvigorated my personal writing and reading practice. The content was inspiring and original [...] provided the motivation I needed to move forward.

Totally reinvigorated my personal writing and reading practice. The content was inspiring and original

Frequently Asked Questions

How do you become a fiction writer?

The short answer is: write. Write as much as you can, as often as you can! Reading – within your chosen genre, but also as widely as you can – is also one of the most important things you can do. You’ll learn best through practise, whether that’s as part of one of our courses or in your own writing time. Meanwhile, our beginners’ courses (those marked as ‘Starting out’ on the individual courses page) will give you all the technical tools you’ll need to get started, and a supportive group of fellow aspiring writers to cheer you on.

What types of fiction are covered by these courses? Can I write a script?

Most of our fiction writing courses focus on prose – short stories or longer form fiction, right up to writing a novel. We sometimes run workshops on other forms of fiction – our week-long Writing Audio Drama course, for instance – but most of our courses aren’t suitable for screenwriters. Having said that, some of the skills covered in some of our shorter courses will still be useful if you’re unsure of the form you want your story to take – get in touch with us to chat through the options.

Can't find the right course?

Manuscript Assessment

Get comprehensive editorial feedback on your manuscript from our experienced readers – whether it’s still a work-in-progress or you’re preparing to submit to literary agents.

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Mentoring

We offer a range of mentoring options if you’d prefer to work one-on-one with an established writer to help you shape your project and realise your writing ambitions.

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