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Start to Write

A no-excuses, let’s-get-going, beginners' creative writing course to kickstart your writing life.

Level

Starting out

What do these levels mean?

Location

London

Length

1-5 days
  • Time
  • 10.00–16.00

7
Spaces left

£100

7 in stock

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On the fourth floor of one of the world’s most famous publishing houses, you’ll get the hands-on teaching you need to start writing, along with the company of fourteen fellow writers. You’ll be writing there and then, experimenting with structure and techniques and getting instant responses – plus tips on what to do next to start your writing life.

Course tutor

Richard Skinner

Richard is the director of our fiction programme and has been a hugely important part of Faber Academy since its inception in 2009. He is the creator of our flagship Writing a Novel course and has gone on to see a record number of our alumni find major publishing deals.

He is a novelist, poet and critic and his most recent novel, The Mirror, was described as ‘beautifully written . . . immersive . . . captivating’ by the Guardian. He is also the author of Writing a Novel: Bring Your Ideas to Life the Faber Academy Way.

Schedule

This course takes place over a full Saturday, at Faber's London offices in Bloomsbury.

10.00–13.00

Creating ideas

The morning session will focus on the starting point of all fiction: ideas. Where do ideas for stories come from? Which novels have moved you the most profoundly? How can you use imitation and improvisation to create stories? There will be writing exercises to develop good practice, which will in turn help facilitate good ideas.

13.00–14.00

Lunch break

14.00–16.00

The bare bones of stories

The afternoon session will concentrate on how to tell a great story. Starting with the basic elements and building up the action layer by layer. You will use writing exercises to explore different narrative effects and leave with your own piece of flash fiction.

Sharing my writing helped me to discover things about myself. Maybe I do have a 'voice' and could write a book.

Student

Really invigorating and awakening.

Student

One of my best learning experiences ever!

Student

Sharing my writing helped me to discover things about myself. Maybe I do have a 'voice' and could write a book.

Frequently Asked Questions

I'm not a total beginner and have some writing experience – can I still take this course?

Yes, that’s no problem at all – although the course is designed for beginners, it will still give you a boost of confidence and hopefully some inspiration if it’s been a while since you’ve tried fiction or you’re just feeling like you need a bit of re-energising and guidance.

I'd like to book this course for someone else, is that possible?

Absolutely! Book a place using your own details and then drop us a line at academy@faber.co.uk to let us know the name and email address of the person who’ll actually be attending.

The date I'm looking at is sold out. Can I be put on a waiting list?

Yes, this course is a popular one and does tend to book up pretty quickly! We’re happy to add you to our waiting list – email academy@faber.co.uk for that – but it’s a good idea to also book a future date you can also make to avoid missing out entirely.

Location

Bloomsbury House

74 - 77 Great Russell Street

London WC1B 3DA

Covid

While we intend for this course to take place in our London offices as normal, we will be monitoring the situation with COVID-19 carefully. Should any local or national lockdown make it necessary to move a portion of your live classes online, we will do so using video-conferencing software and our bespoke virtual classroom, with a discount for the affected sessions applied.

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