• I am loving the Getting Started course; the content and structure are excellent. I am learning as much from reading everybody’s else’s work and critiques as I am from writing – and from trying to form coherent critiques of my own.  

  • It’s so interesting to see the different responses to writing exercises from others on the Getting Started course – I have been enjoying the little snippets coming through on my phone!

  • Until now I have made random or intuitive choices when choosing what voice to use when writing fiction. The Getting Started Writing Fiction course has made me more conscious of the background reasons underpinning these choices.

  • I feel truly privileged to be part of such a talented group of writers (Faber Academy Getting Started Intensive). The standard of the student critiques has also been remarkable and I have learnt something from each one of them.

  • As an avid reader I am in my element seeing how many ideas and stories have been created in week 1 alone of the Faber Academy Getting Started Writing Intensive!

  • I’m still learning the craft and never 100% happy with what I’ve written, but am finding the Faber Academy lessons and coursework invaluable long after completing the course. I recently came across my very first draft of a story, written before I discovered Faber, and am so very, very glad that I took those courses!

  • Thanks to David Roden for all the kind and insightful words in the notes – and special thanks to John Yorke for his feedback on my treatment and for requesting to read the script. As an aspiring screenwriter, it means a massive amount to hear this stuff from people of such experience. Plus, being outside [...]

  • Huge thanks to Tom Bromley for his guidance and support. The Writing a Novel course has been amazing, and I can’t believe it’s passed by so quickly!

  • I can’t thank the reviewer enough for this excellent critique. I am determined to implement the suggestions. This is I the first time I feel encouraged as now I can see all that is wrong. This may sound topsy turvey but you need your doubts confirmed by an expert and I have my doubts but [...]

  • The Exploring Genre course has been amazing – a real eye opener as you read and write all sorts of things you might never have chosen otherwise. If you struggle to produce anything without a looming deadline, this course is really an excellent place to go after Getting Started. Very very highly recommended.

  • The feedback from John Yorke and David Roden on my treatment was fantastically helpful – I’m already at my desk, working on the next version. David’s positive and focused criticism throughout the course – combined with the insights from John’s book – means I really feel a lot more qualified to write a script now.

  • What a great experience all of the Getting Started Writing Fiction Intensive course has been, and so stimulating – it’s made my brain hurt.

  • The Exploring Genre course has really helped to build my confidence as a writer. I have achieved things I wouldn’t have tried otherwise and didn’t believe I could do.

  • My Getting Started review was very helpful – a mixture of positive encouragement and areas to re-examine and improve. It’s easy to lose perspective on your writing and end up thinking it’s either brilliant or totally rubbish. So to have an impartial, experienced voice giving feedback is fantastic.

  • The Faber Academy Getting Started course definitely gave me the tools to tackle my short story, which was broadcast on BBC Radio 4 this week.

  • The Writing a Novel course has been invaluable to me as a fledgling writer, and I’d like to thank everyone – it’s been great fun and completely enlightening!

  • I went to the Help page and it is brilliant – your online classroom is really well designed. Until now, I have never used a ‘Help’ section that actually helped!

  • I am very much enjoying the John Yorke screenwriting course. Although I have read a number of scriptwriting books, only when you sit down and apply the concepts do you really start to get under the skin of how important structure is to stories.

  • I have really enjoyed the Getting Started Intensive course – and I now have a lot more confidence to carry on writing. Thank you to all involved.

  • I’ve learned so much on John Yorke’s course – I understand what elements are required to make a story tick. I’ve somehow absorbed those over the duration of the course to the point where they feel really natural and intuitive; I find myself watching movies and picking them out time after time.

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