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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 (29)

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.

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Starting out

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Online

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8 weeks

Tutors

Helen Shipman

Start Date

Wednesday 25 May 2022

1 more start date available

£350
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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.

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Starting out

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London

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1-5 days

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Richard Skinner, Sarah May

Start Date

Saturday 28 May 2022

£100
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Fiction Development, Novel Writing

Masterclass: The Idea of Pace

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

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Advanced

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Online

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1-5 days

Tutors

Richard Skinner

Start Date

Monday 30 May 2022

£75
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Fiction Development, Novel Writing

Fiction Skills: Plot

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

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Improving

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Online

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4 weeks

Tutors

Tom Bromley

Start Date

Monday 30 May 2022

£120
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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.

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Improving

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Online

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8 weeks

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Ayisha Malik, Susmita Bhattacharya

Start Date

Monday 06 Jun 2022

£495
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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.

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Advanced

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Online

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6 month +

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Lee Weatherly, Peter Benson

By Application

Start Date

Wednesday 08 Jun 2022

Application Deadline

Sunday 29 May 2022

£2500
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Fiction Development, Novel Writing

Read Like a Writer

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

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Improving

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Online

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4 weeks

Tutors

Tom Bromley

Start Date

Monday 13 Jun 2022

£120
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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.

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Improving

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Online

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1-5 days

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Mike Harris

Start Date

Monday 20 Jun 2022

£450
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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.

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Starting out

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Online

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8 weeks

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Helen Shipman

Start Date

Monday 27 Jun 2022

1 more start date available

£350
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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.

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Starting out

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London

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1-5 days

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Richard Skinner, Sarah May

Start Date

Saturday 02 Jul 2022

9 more start dates available

£100
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Fiction Development, Novel Writing

Masterclass: Coming at Character from All Angles

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

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Advanced

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Online

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1-5 days

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Richard Skinner

Start Date

Monday 04 Jul 2022

£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.

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Starting out

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London

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1-5 days

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Richard Skinner, Sarah May

Start Date

Saturday 30 Jul 2022

9 more start dates available

£100
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Fiction Development, Non-fiction

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.

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Improving

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London

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1-5 days

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Richard Skinner

Start Date

Monday 08 Aug 2022

£550
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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.

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Starting out

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London

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1-5 days

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Richard Skinner

Start Date

Saturday 20 Aug 2022

9 more start dates available

£100
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Fiction Development, Novel Writing

Writing Difference

Discuss the challenges of writing about minority experiences on this unique course, taking place on weekends over four weeks.

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Improving

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Online

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4 weeks

Tutors

Sameer Rahim

Start Date

Monday 05 Sep 2022

£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.

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Starting out

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London

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1-5 days

Tutors

Richard Skinner, Sarah May

Start Date

Saturday 24 Sep 2022

9 more start dates available

£100
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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.

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Advanced

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Online

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1-5 days

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Richard Skinner

Start Date

Monday 26 Sep 2022

£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.

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Starting out

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London

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1-5 days

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Richard Skinner, Sarah May

Start Date

Saturday 29 Oct 2022

9 more start dates available

£100
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Fiction Development, Novel Writing

Masterclass: The Idea of Conflict

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

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Advanced

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Online

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1-5 days

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Richard Skinner

Start Date

Monday 31 Oct 2022

£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.

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Starting out

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London

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1-5 days

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Richard Skinner, Sarah May

Start Date

Saturday 26 Nov 2022

9 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.

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Advanced

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Online

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1-5 days

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Richard Skinner

Start Date

Monday 28 Nov 2022

£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.

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Starting out

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London

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1-5 days

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Richard Skinner, Sarah May

Start Date

Saturday 17 Dec 2022

9 more start dates available

£100
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Fiction Development, Novel Writing

Masterclass: The Whole Writing Process in One Go

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

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Advanced

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Online

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1-5 days

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Richard Skinner

Start Date

Monday 19 Dec 2022

£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.

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Starting out

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London

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1-5 days

Tutors

Richard Skinner, Sarah May

Start Date

Saturday 28 Jan 2023

9 more start dates available

£100
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Fiction Development, Novel Writing

Masterclass: Editing

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

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Advanced

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Online

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1-5 days

Tutors

Richard Skinner

Start Date

Monday 30 Jan 2023

£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.

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Starting out

What do these levels mean?

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London

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1-5 days

Tutors

Richard Skinner, Sarah May

Start Date

Saturday 25 Feb 2023

9 more start dates available

£100
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Fiction Development, Novel Writing

Masterclass: Synopses

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

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Advanced

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Online

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1-5 days

Tutors

Richard Skinner

Start Date

Monday 27 Feb 2023

£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.

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Starting out

What do these levels mean?

Location

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London

Length

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1-5 days

Tutors

Richard Skinner, Sarah May

Start Date

Saturday 25 Mar 2023

9 more start dates available

£100
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Fiction Development, Novel Writing

Masterclass: Planning and Writing The Mirror

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

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Advanced

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Online

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1-5 days

Tutors

Richard Skinner

Start Date

Monday 27 Mar 2023

£75
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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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Arabel Charlaff

Arabel is an accredited and experienced psychotherapist. Before training as a therapist, she worked in publishing for over a...

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Arabel Charlaff
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Erica Wagner

Erica Wagner was born in New York City. She moved to Britain in the 1980s and now lives in London; she is consulting literary editor for...

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Erica Wagner
Helen Shipman

Helen Shipman

Helen has been teaching people to write for thirty years. She has devised and delivered writing courses from adult classes...

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Helen Shipman
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Kathryn Heyman

Kathryn Heyman's sixth novel Storm and Grace, a riveting portrait of desire and obsession set in the world of free-diving, was...

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Kathryn Heyman
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Keith Ridgway

Keith Ridgway is from Dublin. He is the author most recently of A Shock (Picador, New Directions, 2021), which was shortlisted...

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Keith Ridgway
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Marcel Theroux

Marcel Theroux is the award winning author of six novels: A Blow to the Heart, A Stranger in the Earth, The Paperchase (winner...

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Marcel Theroux
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Richard Skinner

Richard Skinner is a novelist, poet and critic. His most recent book, The Mirror, was described as ‘beautifully written...

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Richard Skinner
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Sue Gee

Sue Gee is a novelist and short story writer who ran the MA Writing Programme at Middlesex University from 2000 till 2008...

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Sue Gee

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.

My Road to Publication

Academy alumna Sarah Clarke on getting her book deal, and the hope that kept her going

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Am I Marmite?

Academy alumna and debut novelist Liz Webb on the perils of writing a character based on yourself

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Ten Questions for Your Character

If you're planning to do some character development this weekend, get started with these ten writing prompts

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Ten Questions for Your Character