Start Writing Fiction
Learn all the creative writing basics you need to write successful fiction. Suitable for new writers, and as a back-to-basics refresher for those with more experience.
Always wanted to write but never given yourself the opportunity? Started writing a novel but not got past chapter 1? Avid writer but feel you’ve reached a plateau? This course will give you the tools to get creative, beat writer’s block, and identify your potential as an author of short stories and novels.
Over 6 weekly classes you will:
- Explore your creativity and find out how to get ideas out of your head and onto the page.
- Get more professional about your writing, with weekly deadlines and effective ways to establish long-lasting writing habits.
- Study how to write more effective characters, settings, story structure and other essential techniques.
- Share your ideas and writing with a small group of fellow writers, and a moderator and tutor.
- Hone your editorial eye and self-judgement as you learn to critique your writing.
- Produce a short story or the first chapter of a novel by the end of the course.
This is not a video course, and requires you to put in 5-7 hours work in our online classroom at a time to suit you during the week. You’ll study in a group of less than 20 fellow writers, with a dedicated moderator and experienced tutor.
As you work through the weekly classes, you’ll develop your creative writing skills while working within a supportive community of fellow writers keen to share their experiences.
You’ll learn in the Professional Writing Academy’s 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 (20 or fewer) so you can discuss ideas, ask questions and share your writing as you progress through the sessions.
You’ll learn from:
- Short audio and video files from your course tutor, writers or other industry experts
- Tutor guidance
- Online lecture notes and practical writing prompts and exercises
- Directed reading lists
- Online peer critiquing from other participants in the group
- The assistance of a group moderator
- The support of an online community and virtual classroom
- A dedicated writing resources area, which is regularly updated
- 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
- Adobe Flash Player 10 or higher
*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 update with interesting and informative links
- Chat with other people in our online alumni chatroom. We also host live chats with guest tutors here
At the end of the course I looked back at the previous classes and realised how much I’ve learned. I’ve found imaginative ways to rework a story and concept, more interactive ways to write about settings, the confidence to pursue ideas and an ability to switch from one writing style to another. This is a turning point in my writing.