Find Your Writing Voice: Exploring Genre

Find your writing voice by trying out different styles and genres — with author and course director Tom Bromley

When it comes to writing, people often say that you need to ‘find your voice’. But where do you start looking? Is it down the back of the sofa? Or do you need help to work out who the real writing ‘you’ is? This ten-week online course will help you expand your range as a writer and find your voice by exploring historical, romantic and comic fiction, crime, thrillers, young adult (YA) and science fiction.


Start date: 28 May 2018
Duration: 10 weeks
Skill level: Intermediate
Session length: Weekly
Sessions: 9
Price: £495 (inc. VAT)

Course Director

This is a ‘next steps’ course, designed to help you discover new genres and writing styles. It’s for writers who have done some writing or a beginner’s course and aren’t quite sure where to go next: you’ve learned a bit about how to write, but now comes the tricky part of what to write about.

The course is suitable if you:

  • Want to discover new genres and writers you might not have encountered before
  • Are keen to expand your range, both as a writer and a reader
  • Are looking to experiment with different writing styles and genres
  • Want to learn the secrets that make each of the genres tick
  • Are writing a novel, or thinking about starting one, and want to increase your knowledge and skills
  • Enjoy working with a friendly and supportive group of learners
  • Can dedicate 5-7 hours per week for the duration of the course

During the Find Your Writing Voice course, you’ll expand your range as a writer, and explore and experiment with different genres — some of which you may not have considered before.

Each week, tutor Tom Bromley will introduce you to a different genre and the authors who write it. You’ll read and discuss key writers in each style, and be given writing assignments to help you experiment.

As you work through the sessions, you’ll develop your own writing voice while working within a supportive community of fellow writers keen to share their experiences with you.

Session 1: Introduction
Session 2: Historical fiction
Session 3: Romance
Session 4: Comic fiction
Session 5: Crime
Session 6: Thrillers
Session 7: Young adult (YA)
Session 8: Science fiction
Session 9: Try your new writing voice

We teach this course in our online classroom, which is open 24/7 so you can balance your learning around your work, family and friends. You’ll work in a small group of fellow learners so you can discuss ideas, ask questions and share your writing as you progress through the sessions.

You’ll learn from:

  • Videos, podcasts and reading suggestions from tutor, Tom Bromley
  • Examples from masters of each genre covered in the course
  • Practical writing exercises to help you experiment with different genres and practise your writing voice
  • Guided discussions with your group
  • The opportunity to share your work and give and receive feedback from fellow writers

You’ll need:

  • 5-7 hours per week to work through the course
  • A notebook and pen or pencil, if you like to make notes by hand
  • A laptop or computer* with:
    • A reliable broadband internet connection
    • Speakers or headphones
    • The latest version of Google Chrome, Firefox, Internet Explorer, Edge, or Safari
    • Microsoft Word. If you don’t have this you can download Open Office free
    • Adobe Reader, latest version. Download free
    • QuickTime Player, latest version. Download free

*You can access the course from a tablet or smartphone, but we recommend using a laptop or computer, as this makes it easier to share your work files with your writing group.

Join our alumni

After your course, you can join our online alumni where you’ll meet our growing network of past students. The alumni is a friendly group of writers who support each other as they continue to explore and develop their writing.

Within our online alumni area you can:

  • Rejoin your classmates on a private forum, together with access to an archived version of your course materials and forum posts
  • Meet alumni from other courses and groups and share your writing for feedback
  • Join discussions about reading, writing and ideas
  • Retain access to our online resources area, which we constantly update with interesting and informative links
  • Chat with other people in our online alumni chatroom. We also host live chats with guest tutors here

Commission a report on your work

If you’d like to receive a personalised, detailed report on your final piece of writing from your course tutor, this is available at an extra cost. You’ll receive detailed written feedback assessing your ideas and writing, plus advice on what steps to take next.

Taking things further

If you would like to continue on to another Professional Writing Academy course, you'll receive a 15% discount.

Try a free course session

If you’re curious about how our online writing courses work, you can try our free taster session.

It shows you what our online classroom looks like, how our courses are set up, and gives you the chance to read, watch and listen to a sample of learning materials.

To try your taster session, please get in touch and we’ll send you a link.

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What our students say...

Great course, really planned well to cover elements we can use in all our writing. I am most grateful for Tom’s insight, encouragement and helpful suggestions for making my writing stronger.


What our students say...

Tom has an incredibly wide-ranging knowledge of fiction and genre writing and we are lucky to have had such a great tutor — I’ve found his help invaluable.


What our students say...

Tom has been an excellent tutor: wise, astute and generous in his support and encouragement of us all. He also gave us the wonderful gift of a precise set of tools with which to proceed. The whole experience has been very instructive.


What our students say...

Without doing this course, I wouldn’t have the idea for a crime novel, so this is interesting territory for me (as was the sci-fi, which may also continue in stages over a longer time). I’m going to continue this crime novel now while finishing the first draft of my historical novel, which was the original reason I did the course — and I now have many more skills to do this.


What our students say...

The course is really well thought out and I found it incredibly stimulating to have to consider the different genres. I loved having to read things I would not have ever considered and feel it has really helped me to extend my writing. Thanks to Tom for so many constructive and encouraging comments. I am going to miss the discipline of having to write to deadlines.


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