Our novel writing classes have now moved online. The classes give you the technical know-how and motivation you need while encouraging you in keeping your voice unique. The Start Writing Your Novel Workshop is a 1-day workshop open to all, including complete beginners - you can take it as a standalone workshop. The Novel Writing Course is available in a series of six-week sessions. You can apply to join us at any time: see below for details. All our novel writing classes have a maximum group size of 6 people, to provide you with individual feedback and attention. Classes take place via Zoom video call. 

Joining the course also gives you access to three weekly online 'writing cafes'. Also held via Zoom, these are informal meetings of 1.5 hours, enabling you to feel more connected, and more motivated to write. We simply say hello and share our news, and then we all WRITE :)

Start Writing Your Novel: Single Day Workshop

Ideal if you would like an overview of the skills you need to write a novel. You'll cover the basics of creating and getting to know your characters, finding and developing a storyline that is meaningful to you, giving your story a suitable setting, and how to use dialogue to the best effect. You'll also have a go at writing your opening scenes. 

This workshop repeats every 8 weeks: first online date tbc. To be kept updated, please contact us.

Novel Writing Course: 6 Weeks

The new online version of our popular novel writing course: be part of a small, friendly group, meeting weekly to discuss your progress on your novel with an experienced tutor and your fellow writers. Each week, we talk about extracts from students' work for one hour. You'll get tips from the tutor on how to go about fixing potential issues, and you'll learn a lot from sharing the tips on your fellow writers' work, too. You'll receive feedback on your writing at least twice during the course.

There is a half-hour tuition session of discussion and learning in each workshop, covering a different technical point and/or writing prompt each week. It's fun and quick to make progress with this course - and the 6-week course runs continually, so you can come for more than one. Most of our students take four or more of these courses. Classes take place on Thursday evening.

To join us, please email a 3,000-word sample of your writing to Sophie at, together with a short paragraph about your previous writing experience, and make your payment for the course via Eventbrite here

Thurs 28th May - Thurs 2nd July 18.00-19.30 £160 Course Code NW1B

Thurs 9th July - Thurs 13th August 18.00-19.30 £160 Course Code NW2B


Thurs 27th August - Thurs 1st October 18.00-19.30 £160 Course Code NW3B


Thurs 8th October - Thurs 12th November 18.00-19.30 £160 Course Code NW4B


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