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Start to Write

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


Starting out

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1-5 days
  • Time
  • 10.00–16.00


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Always wanted to write? Start now

At Faber's HQ in central London, 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.


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


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.


Lunch break


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.

Sarah May was outstanding. I felt encouraged, informed and energised.


Start to Write

Richard was clear, informative, generous, and hugely inspirational. Undoubtedly some of the best tutoring I have ever received.


Start to Write

An absolutely perfect introduction for the first time writer on how to get started with your first novel. Insightful, comprehensive and enjoyable. Couldn’t recommend the course more highly.


Start to Write

Richard was incredibly inspiring and clear in his teaching. He provided remedies for a lot of the emotional obstacles as well as ways of finding a voice and a direction that were completely revolutionary for me.


Start to Write

Really so helpful, I’ve only just started on a writing journey and it has given me so many useful process insights.



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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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 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 for that – but it’s a good idea to also book a future date you can also make to avoid missing out entirely.


The Bindery

51 Hatton Garden

London EC1N 8HN

How to get here

Faber’s office, The Bindery, is well connected by public transport, with Farringdon Station just five minutes’ walk away, and stops for several bus routes in the area too. If you’re coming from outside of London, the office is a short bus or taxi journey from Kings Cross, Euston and St Pancras stations.

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.