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Online Writing Courses

Our online creative writing workshops are open to students from all over the world, from beginners to advanced writers. We offer a range of courses in fiction, non-fiction and poetry, and use a bespoke online classroom to offer the expert tuition and writerly camaraderie that have made our London courses so successful.

Our online writing courses: an overview

We’ve been running online courses since 2012, using pedagogical experts to bring the Faber Academy experience into a virtual format. Since our online courses began, a number of our online alumni have gone on to be published, including Joanna Cannon, the author of the bestselling The Trouble with Goats and Sheep, and Julie Ma, winner of Richard and Judy’s Search for a Bestseller with her novel, Happy Days.

Many of our online courses are designed to fit around your other commitments, with flexible writing hours and no regular set time you’ll need to be online (perfect for those in other timezones!). For those looking for something that replicates the London classroom more closely, we also offer online courses with live Zoom meetings – some one-day masterclasses, others much longer courses with weekly or monthly meetings.

Some of our online courses are selective, meaning you’ll need to apply, while others you can book a place on right away.

Who are these courses for?

Writers who can't attend in person

Join one of our online courses from anywhere in the world – all you need is an internet connection.

Writers looking for something flexible

Want a course that will fit in around an irregular work schedule, or an evening class that you can join while the kids are in bed without having to arrange childcare? There's a range of online classes that might suit you, from entirely self-paced to those with regular Zoom contact with your tutor and group.

Writers who prefer an online format

There are lots of reasons why some of us find an online course a safer space to share our creative endeavours, whether it's conducted via Zoom or using forums. The pandemic has proven to us all that it's possible to connect and engage with others virtually - if that works best for you, you're not alone.

Online Writing Courses (8)

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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 +

Tutors

Lee Weatherly, Peter Benson, Emily Barr

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Start Date

Wednesday 21 Sep 2022

Application Deadline

Sunday 11 Sep 2022

£2500
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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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1-5 days

Tutors

Sameer Rahim

Start Date

Monday 05 Sep 2022

£495
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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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Online

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1-5 days

Tutors

Tom Bromley

Start Date

Saturday 10 Sep 2022

1 more start date available

£100
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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.

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Improving

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4 weeks

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Tom Bromley

Start Date

Monday 12 Sep 2022

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£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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8 weeks

Tutors

Susmita Bhattacharya

Start Date

Monday 12 Sep 2022

£495
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Fiction Development, Novel Writing

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.

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Improving

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Online

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4 weeks

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Tom Bromley

Start Date

Monday 19 Sep 2022

£120
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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

Tutors

Helen Shipman

Start Date

Monday 19 Sep 2022

£350
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Poetry

The Salon: Developing Your Poems

Join Richard Scott and Maurice Riordan for this twelve-week intermediate course – find new paths for your work, broaden your understanding of the craft and meet a group of supportive, like-minded poets.

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Improving

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12 weeks

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Maurice Riordan, Richard Scott, Daljit Nagra, Emily Berry

Start Date

Thursday 22 Sep 2022

£550
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Online Course Tutors

Our online writing course tutors are all published writers and seasoned teachers with plenty of experience teaching online.

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Sameer Rahim

Sameer Rahim is a novelist, critic and editor who has been working in literary journalism for nearly 20 years. His critically...

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Tom Bromley

Tom Bromley is an author, editor and ghostwriter. He has written ten books under his own name, both fiction and non-fiction...

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Susmita Bhattacharya

Susmita has been a professional writer and teacher since 2005. She won the Winchester Writers’ Festival Memoir Prize in 2016 and her novel...

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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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Lee Weatherly

Lee Weatherly has written more than fifty books for children and young adults, including the bestselling Angel series, and is...

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Peter Benson

Peter has published eleven novels, both in the UK and in translation. His prize winning debut, The Levels, was published in...

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Emily Barr

Emily Barr

Emily Barr is the author of eighteen published novels, and is currently working on the next two. Her first novel, Backpack...

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Maurice Riordan

Maurice Riordan was born in Co. Cork. His first book, A Word from the Loki (1995), was nominated for the T. S. Eliot Prize...

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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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Guest Tutor

Daljit Nagra

Daljit Nagra has published four poetry collections with Faber & Faber. He has won the Forward Prize for Best Individual Poem...

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Emily Berry

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Emily Berry

Emily Berry’s first book of poems is Dear Boy, which won the Forward Prize for Best First Collection and the Hawthornden Prize....

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Absolutely brilliant writing course! I loved it. Intelligent, rich, well structured, elegantly crafted, catalytic and enjoyable.

Absolutely brilliant writing course! I loved it. Intelligent, rich, well structured, elegantly crafted, catalytic and enjoyable.

Frequently Asked Questions

How can I improve my writing skills online?

Writing exercises and prompts are always a great way to try out new prose styles and techniques and explore and expand on your ideas. There are lots of these available for free online – we’ve got a bank of them here. Short courses are also a good way to test out your writing before committing to something longer.

Are online courses worth it? What's the difference between your online and in-person courses?

The short answer is: yes! Committing to your writing over the duration of a course, as well as learning from your tutor and your classmates, is always going to be valuable – whether that course takes place online or in-person doesn’t detract from that. Our online novel writing courses, for instance, particularly Writing a Novel, are closely modelled on their in-person counterparts, but with key differences that better suit the online format. What is important is figuring out which type of course is going to suit you best (if your circumstances mean that either online or in-person is an option). Some people will work well with the more flexible format an online course can allow, while others find they concentrate best when they’re physically in the room with their group. We’re always on hand to discuss the options available for your particular needs – get in touch if you’d like to have a chat.

Do you offer online poetry courses?

Yes, absolutely – our suite of poetry courses has recently been expanded and we’re really proud of it. We now offer a range of classes from those suitable for a total beginner up to advanced level workshops for those looking to start publishing their poems.

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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