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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 (28)

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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

Tuesday 31 Aug 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

Tom Bromley, Sarah May

By Application

Start Date

Wednesday 22 Sep 2021

Application Deadline

Sunday 05 Sep 2021

£2400
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Fiction Development

Writing Lives

Life writing is perhaps the most exciting and broadest literary genre of our times – spend a week discovering how you can work within the form to tell your story of a life.

Level

Improving

What do these levels mean?

Location

Online

Length

1-5 days

Tutors

Richard Skinner

Start Date

Monday 09 Aug 2021

£395
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Fiction Development

Writing Women

Join Katherine Angel for five days of group discussion and individual exercises to help you build technical confidence and skill, as you explore how writing can effectively capture the textures and quandaries of women’s lives.

Level

Improving

What do these levels mean?

Location

Online

Length

1-5 days

Tutors

Katherine Angel, Frances Leviston

Start Date

Monday 16 Aug 2021

£450
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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 23 Aug 2021

£450
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Fiction Development

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 28 Aug 2021

1 more start date available

£100
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Fiction Development, Non-fiction, Novel Writing

Who Do You Think They Are? Getting into Character

Learn and apply psychoanalytic theories to your characters in this unique four-week course – all the tools you’ll need to create rich, convincing inner lives for the people at the heart of your novel.

Level

Improving

What do these levels mean?

Location

Online

Length

1-4 weeks

Tutors

Arabel Charlaff

Start Date

Saturday 04 Sep 2021

£395
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Fiction Development, Short Story

The Five Day Short Story

Five days, one story – master the art of the short story in one intense week.

Level

Improving

What do these levels mean?

Location

London

Length

1-5 days

Tutors

Shelley Weiner

Start Date

Monday 06 Sep 2021

£550
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Fiction Development, Novel Writing

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 13 Sep 2021

£120
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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 13 Sep 2021

£450
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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 20 Sep 2021

£120
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Fiction Development

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

5-12 weeks

Tutors

Helen Shipman

Start Date

Monday 20 Sep 2021

£350
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Fiction Writing Tutors

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

Helen Shipman

Helen Shipman

Helen Shipman

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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Browse the Reading Room

From author interviews and writing tips to creative writing exercises and reading lists, we've got everything you need to get started – and to keep going.