Sophie Cooke is a wonderful teacher who creates a welcoming and nurturing environment for budding writers to develop their fiction writing. I found Skriva's classes are immensely valuable - they sparked new scenes, helped me get to grips with storytelling & revising, enabled me to make new writer friends, gave me confidence in my creative writing. They also pushed me to write much more than usual within the 6 week period. Fantastic tuition, whether you're just starting out with an idea or further along the writing process - thank you!

Jeda Pearl (Novel Writing)

The Skriva novel writing course enabled me to complete the novel I had always wanted to write. Sophie's approach takes your raw thoughts and ideas and helps you shape them into coherent, character driven plots. Her technical feedback is so helpful, and she gives this with encouragement, and an array of suggestions. Being able to share work with other writers at similar stages, and having a good laugh with your classmates, keeps you going on the long journey. Writing turns out to be hard work when you do it well, but Skriva makes it seem so much more possible.

Jonathan Creel (Novel Writing)

I first met Douglas when I enrolled in his screenwriting courses, after he was personally recommended to me by several local writers. He did not disapppoint. Not only is he an expert in teaching the process of screenwriting, but he is an active industry player and consultant, and has been vital in giving advice and education that resulted in the production of my first feature film. If you have any desire to learn about the elements of screenwriting, then Douglas is the person to get in touch with.

Shakirah Bourne (screenwriting)

Sophie is a terrific tutor. She has an uncanny ability to help you identify the story you are trying to write and to put this across in a precise and meaningful way. She also has the knack of communicating the nuts and bolts of writing in a manner that makes the writing process seem achievable, and that is important, especially when embarking on such a major undertaking as a novel.


Anniken Blomberg (Short Story Writing and Novel Writing)

Really understanding, patient and dedicated tutors. This has been such a fantastic and engaging experience. I would love to continue on other courses.

Annabel Logan (TV Scriptwriting)

Sophie, and the Skriva Writing School, are a real inspiration. I have been attending the course for a year now and it has taught me that to write is a joy in itself. That the journey is as valuable as the end point. I may not have finished a novel in a year but for the first time in a long time I know that this is not a failing but something to enjoy. I would recommend the Novel Writing courses at Skriva to anyone who just wants to know if that itch, that little voice or that short string of words is something waiting to be felt and heard.

Kerry-Ann Adamson (Novel Writing)

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