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We are education experts who specialise in teaching individuals and groups how to write, tell stories and communicate better. We offer long courses, mini-courses or intensive mentoring:

  • for leisure, recreation and formal education
  • for professional development and organisational training
  • for businesses looking to increase impact.

All courses held in our bespoke virtual classroom: the first of its kind, designed for writers.


Testimonials

  • I absolutely loved the scene-analysis exercises in the Storytelling for Screen course. Doing this course is really showing me how much I adore writing and all the nuts and bolts of it. I honestly feel like writing is a language and that scenes are the grammar and now I’m actually learning the ‘rules’ of writing, […]

  • I didn’t have a clear vision of my character before I started to work through the prompt sheet on the Getting Started course, but as I went along, he became more and more lifelike. He almost wrote the piece himself. I was amazed how much difference this exercise made to my writing.

  • If it wasn’t for the Writing a Novel course, I wouldn’t have thought enough about how reflecting on other writers’s work can really push forward my own writing. I very much appreciate the confidence boost; it spurs me on!

  • Part of the problem with my novel idea was that it had too many strands and possible main characters, and therefore lacked focus. Having to sum up the storyline in 25 words on the Writing a Novel course forced me to decide who the main character really is.

  • Without doing the Exploring Genres course, I wouldn’t have had an idea for a crime novel, which I plan to continue while finishing the first draft of my historical novel. This was the reason I did the course, and I now have many more skills to make it possible.

  • In Session 3 of the Storytelling for Screen course I’m beginning to see exactly where I make the same mistakes over and over again when I plan stories. I feel like I’ve had a bit of a ‘Eureka!’ moment.

  • I’m really finding it very valuable reading other people’s pieces and critiquing them too – it’s just as valuable to analyse someone else’s piece as your own – and the different styles of writing on the Getting Started course are incredibly eye-opening to me. I love the diversity of the work produced so far.

  • I have loved every minute of the last few weeks on the Storytelling for Screen course, facing the increasingly challenging tasks set and absorbing more information than I thought possible. Thanks to everyone involved, this has been a fabulous learning experience.

  • Thanks for everyone’s brilliant help and encouragement on the Writing a Novel course. It’s been a privilege working with such talented (and lovely) writers.

  • Doing the 2012 course gave me the invaluable gift of confidence, in the sense that I am now no longer shy about showing my work to other people (even strangers when I enter competitions). That is a huge step when you want to be a proper writer. You have to put your baby out there, […]

  • I have really enjoyed the Getting Started online course and have felt truly alive while writing  – and reading the work of others.

  • I’m going to miss the Getting Started: Writing Fiction course so much. In six weeks I’ve gone from being terrified to share my writing to looking forward to posting it up for others to read, so a huge thank you to everyone who has helped me along the way!

  • It has been a real pleasure doing the Getting Started: Writing Fiction course with this group. I really wasn’t sure about the format when it began, but I have learned so much from reading everyone’s pieces and their feedback, not just to me but across all our work.

  • The online Writing a Novel course gets 10 stars for flexibility and user-friendliness, but even more for thoughtful structuring and teaching. I can’t quite believe how far I’ve advanced.

  • The Storytelling for Screen course has been a fantastic experience and has taught me loads.

  • It is so interesting to see each writer’s personal experiences and perspectives coming out in their pieces. I’ve learned on the Getting Started Intensive that what might seem routine or everyday to you as a writer can appear new and fresh to another reader.

  • 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.

Into the Woods Storytelling for Screen course: short 10-week INTENSIVE. Starts 6 May.

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