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Getting Started: Beginners' Fiction

A twelve-week creative writing course for beginners. Playful, serious and fun, it asks what writing is and why we do it


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£300 / month for 2 months and a £395.00 deposit


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Start writing fiction at Faber

- What makes fiction worth our while?
- How do you develop and shape an idea?
- What does it mean to write about what you know?
- What makes a reader care?

The aim of the course is to help you develop your writing in lively, thoughtful and inspiring classes. Explorations of technique, process and motivation form a large part of the course. As does reading. As Jeanette Winterson has said, 'There are millions of readers who are not writers, but there are no writers who are not readers.' With this in mind we look at examples of strong fiction and learn how to read like a writer. What is being done here? How is it done?

Is this the right course for me?

This course is suitable for complete beginners, but it's okay if you have a little more experience too. It's for those looking to establish firm foundations in the technical elements of fiction writing and to develop their own style and ambitions for their work.

Every student will have their own work read and discussed by the tutor and other members of the class in weekly workshops. These workshops will focus on perspective and point of view; development of character; shaping of scenes; providing texture through imagery, detail and atmosphere; on pace, tension and contrast. Here you will develop confidence and ability and learn how to play to your strengths.

By the end of the course you should be beginning to find your voice – the material and style which belong to you. You will have had the opportunity to write one or two short stories, or the beginning of a novel, in a space where you are taken seriously as a writer.

    This course is formed of twelve two-hour sessions, which take place at Faber's offices in Bloomsbury, from 10.30 until 12.30.

Course Programme

Session 1

Wednesday 21 September, 10.30–12.30

The Blank Page...

Session 2

28 September, 10.30–12.30

'Imagine this...'...

Session 3

5 October, 10.30–12.30

A Brief History Of Style...

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Course Programme

Getting Started: Beginners' Fiction (Daytime)

Session 1

Thursday 21 September, 10.30–12.30

The Blank Page

Session 2

28 September, 10.30–12.30

'Imagine this...'

Session 3

5 October, 10.30–12.30

A Brief History Of Style

Session 4

12 October, 10.30–12.30

Who do you think you are? Creating memorable characters

Session 5

19 October, 10.30–12.30

'Talk to me!' Writing dialogue.

Session 6

26 October, 10.30–12.30

'Who is telling this story?' Point of View

Session 7

2 November, 10.30–12.30

Ghosts: The Art and Craft of Backstory

Session 8

9 November, 10.30–12.30

Making A Scene

Session 9

16 November, 10.30–12.30

Dusk in the City: On Atmosphere and Sense of Place

Session 10

23 November, 10.30–12.30

Less is More: The Art and Craft of Editing

Session 11

30 November, 10.30–12.30

The Sense of an Ending

Session 12

7 December, 10.30–12.30

Flash Fiction

Recommended reading: The BBC National Short Story Award 2020 (Comma Press).



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, and the required discipline to write every week for an engaged and supportive audience provided the motivation I needed to move forward.


The Beginners' Fiction course was my favourite part of 2017 and totally reinvigorated my personal writing and reading practice


Bloomsbury House

74 - 77 Great Russell Street

London WC1B 3DA


While we hope this course will take place in our London offices as normal, we’re always monitoring the situation with COVID-19, both nationally and locally, very carefully. We have extensive Covid safety measures in place in Bloomsbury House and are continuously re-evaluating these according to and beyond current Government guidelines.

Should any change in situation regarding the virus require us to move a portion of your classes online, we now have both the expertise and the technology to do so without disrupting your experience with us. If we do need to pursue this option, using video-conferencing software and our bespoke virtual classroom, we will also offer a discount for the affected sessions.

Find out more about our Covid safety measures and refund policy here.

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