Start To Write

Starting out | Fiction

No-excuses, let’s-get-going, beginners' creative writing courses to kickstart your creative life.

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, from our acclaimed tutors and novelists and from fourteen fellow writers. You’ll be writing there and then, getting instant responses, experimenting with structure and techniques, plus tips on what to do next to start your writing life.

What are the crucial ingredients of a great story?

What makes a great opening?

How do you know what to leave in and what to take out?

Join Richard Skinner and Joanna Briscoe at the Faber Academy to find out.

PLUS! As well as a great day's intensive teaching, you'll also be entitled to our alumni discount, offering you up to 25% off* future course fees – so if you're considering one of Faber Academy creative writing courses, why not try us out first?

*up to a value of £250

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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.

1-2pm: Lunch (not provided)


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.


There will be tea/coffee breaks in the morning at 11.30am and in the afternoon at 3pm.

Note: There are 30 places available on the day, to be split into two classes of 15, one with Richard Skinner, one with Joanna Briscoe. If you have a preference between the tutors, email and we'll do our best to honour it.

9th June 2018

Availability: In stock

26 Places


Joanna Briscoe is the author of the novels Mothers and Other Lovers, which won the Betty Trask Award;<...


Richard Skinner is the author of a previous novel, The Red Dancer, which was translated into seven languages. He has also published a collec...



Come to one of the world's great literary cities and study creative writing at Faber Academy's home in historic Bloomsbury. Our London courses take place at Faber and Faber's offices.

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