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London Writing Courses

Our London courses take place at the Faber offices in Hatton Garden. 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.

London Writing Courses (29)

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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.

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Advanced

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London

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6 month +

Tutors

Richard T. Kelly, Sarah May, Joanna Briscoe, Diana Evans, Sophie Mackintosh

By Application

Start Date

Wednesday 02 Oct 2024

Application Deadline

Sunday 15 Sep 2024

£4350
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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.

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Advanced

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London

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6 month +

Tutors

Shelley Weiner, Sabrina Broadbent, Nikesh Shukla, Sophie Mackintosh

By Application

Start Date

Thursday 03 Oct 2024

Application Deadline

Sunday 15 Sep 2024

£4350
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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.

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Starting out

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London

Tutors

Richard Skinner, Sarah May

Start Date

Saturday 29 Jun 2024

6 more start dates available

£100
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Short Story

The Five Day Short Story

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Improving

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London

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1-5 days

Tutors

Shelley Weiner

Start Date

Monday 01 Jul 2024

1 more start date available

£595
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Fiction Development

Mindful Self-Compassion for Writers

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

Start Date

Saturday 06 Jul 2024

£100
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Fiction Development

Overcoming Writer’s Block

Identify the fears holding you back in your writing and recover your creative vitality and faith in yourself.

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Starting out

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London

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1-5 days

Tutors

Dr Kate Forsyth

Start Date

Thursday 11 Jul 2024

£100
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Novel Writing

Start Your Novel in Five Days

Make this the year you write that novel. Come with an idea; leave with your opening pages 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

Joanna Briscoe

Start Date

Monday 15 Jul 2024

£595
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Fiction Development

Funny Business: The Comedy Writing Room

Join your fellow writers in the Faber Academy Comedy Writing Room in this week-long course, where you’ll find the wit, warmth and laughter in your writing.

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Improving

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London

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1-5 days

Tutors

Paul Dornan, Emma Jane Unsworth

Start Date

Monday 22 Jul 2024

£595
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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

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Starting out

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Location

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London

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1-5 days

Tutors

Richard Skinner, Sarah May

Start Date

Saturday 27 Jul 2024

6 more start dates available

£100
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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

Tutors

Richard Skinner

Start Date

Monday 12 Aug 2024

£595
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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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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, (shortlisted for the Guardian First Book Award...

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Sarah May
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Shelley Weiner

Shelley Weiner is an acclaimed novelist, short-story writer and journalist who has, over the years, established a reputation...

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Shelley Weiner
Dr Kate Forsyth

Dr Kate Forsyth

Dr Kate Forsyth is an award-winning author, poet and performance storyteller called one of ‘the finest writers of this generation’...

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Dr Kate Forsyth
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Joanna Briscoe

Joanna Briscoe is the author of the novels Mothers and Other Lovers, which won the Betty Trask Award; Skin; Sleep With Me, which...

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Joanna Briscoe
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Paul Dornan

Paul Dornan has worked in the TV and film comedy world for over two decades as a writer, producer, director, teacher and mentor.

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Paul Dornan
Emme Jane Unsworth

Guest Tutor

Emma Jane Unsworth

Emma Jane Unsworth is a BAFTA-nominated, BIFA-winning screenwriter and best-selling novelist...

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Emma Jane Unsworth

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.