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London Writing Courses

Our London courses take place at the Faber offices in the heart of literary Bloomsbury. Find inspiration for your own writing inside the publishing house that has played home to thirteen Nobel laureates and seven Booker Prize winners, and continues to publish major literary voices like Sally Rooney and Kazuo Ishiguro.

Our London writing courses: an overview

We’ve been running in courses in Faber’s London offices since 2009 – an unrivalled opportunity for aspiring authors to step inside one of the world’s great independent publishing houses as they begin their own writing journey.

Our London courses are always capped at fifteen students per class – small enough for the group to form a bond and really engage with each other’s work, but with enough breadth of experience and interests to facilitate constructive, dynamic discussions in the room.

Easily accessible by public transport, you'll find us next to the British Museum, with beautiful Russell Square just around the corner.

London Writing Courses (8)

Fiction Development, Novel Writing

Start Your Novel in Five Days

Come with an idea. Leave with the opening pages of your novel – and the inspiration you need to keep going.

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Starting out

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London

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1-5 days

Tutors

Kathryn Heyman, Louise Doughty

Start Date

Monday 10 Oct 2022

£550
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Non-fiction

Start Your Memoir

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

Tutors

Patti Miller

Start Date

Monday 24 Oct 2022

£550
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Poetry

Start to Write Poetry

Kickstart your writing life with a specially designed day of learning, writing and discussion from the home of British poetry.

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Starting out

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London

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1-5 days

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Richard Scott

Start Date

Saturday 29 Oct 2022

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£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 29 Oct 2022

5 more start dates available

£100
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Close-up image of a notebook open in a woman's lap, with her pen poised to start writing on a blank page
Poetry

Start to Write Poetry

Kickstart your writing life with a specially designed day of learning, writing and discussion from the home of British poetry.

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Starting out

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London

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1-5 days

Tutors

Richard Scott

Start Date

Saturday 26 Nov 2022

1 more start date available

£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

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1-5 days

Tutors

Richard Skinner, Sarah May

Start Date

Saturday 26 Nov 2022

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.

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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 17 Dec 2022

5 more start dates available

£100
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Fiction Development, Novel Writing

Writing Fiction

This unique twelve-week course is about finding a way to write that is yours – whether you're starting out, starting again, or rethinking your approach to fiction writing.

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Improving

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London

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12 weeks

Tutors

Keith Ridgway

Start Date

Thursday 19 Jan 2023

£995
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London Course Tutors

Our London tutors are all published authors, handpicked from Faber and beyond, as well as experienced teachers with in-depth knowledge of the industry.

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Kathryn Heyman

Kathryn Heyman is the acclaimed author of six novels and the bestselling memoir, Fury. Her works have won and been nominated for many...

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Kathryn Heyman
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Patti Miller

Patti Miller is the author of ten books, three of which are writing texts: Writing Your Life; The Memoir Book and Writing True Stories...

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Patti Miller
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Richard Scott

Richard Scott was born in London in 1981. His pamphlet Wound (Rialto) won the Michael Marks Poetry Award 2016 and his poem...

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Richard Scott
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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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Sarah May

Sarah May is the highly acclaimed author of seven novels, including The Nudist Colony, which was shortlisted for the Guardian...

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Sarah May
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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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Guest Tutor

Louise Doughty

Louise Doughty

I really felt part of the Faber family, and continue to do so [...] The course is really well organised, and the team work hard to make the experience valuable and productive.

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Writing a Novel

The course is really well organised, and the team work hard to make the experience valuable and productive.

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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.

The Different Types of Editing – and How to Tackle Them

It's time to edit your novel – but what does that even mean? Here's our guide to

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The Books That Inspired Me

Alumna Rebecca King on the books that inspired her brilliant middle grade debut novel

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Developing Characters During a Draft

Started a draft but unsure who your cast are yet? Here are some of our favourite exercises

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Developing Characters During a Draft