Start To Write

Starting out | Fiction

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

On this brand new, online version of our classic one-day Start to Write course, tutor Sarah May will take you through the fundamental skills and approaches to getting your writing life started. You'll be writing there and then: getting instant responses, experimenting with structure and techniques, plus tips on what to do next to really launch into a longer project or projects.

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?

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

26th June 2021

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The course will take place on Zoom, using a mix of teaching and discussion time with practical exercises to get you writing.

10:00–11:00: Understanding how you write

How to create space and make time in your life for writing. Forming all-important writing habits and sustaining commitment.

11:00–11:45: Planning your narrative

Turning ideas into words. The importance of planning and structuring narrative while adding to your technical toolkit.

11:45–12:00: Coffee break

12:00–13:00: Character

Capturing and developing character. The importance of character in plotting.

13:00–14:00: Lunch break

14:00–16:00: Scene building

Writing the perfect scene.

Please note that this course, like all Faber Academy courses, is open only to writers aged eighteen or over.

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Sarah May is the highly-acclaimed author of 7 novels, including The Nudist Colony, which was...

For a day's blast it was an amazing injection of umphf! Many thanks for orchestrating an inspiring, challenging, well organised and very worthwhile day [...] Absolutely fantastic!
  • Start to Write Student

"There's no point staring at a blank page waiting for inspiration to strike - to get your creative muscles working you need to start writing, reviewing and sharing your work."

Helen Shipman