Terms and Conditions

Thanks for visiting the Professional Writing Academy website. This is the legal bit, where we explain our terms and conditions for booking courses and services, and for using our site. By continuing to browse our website, you agree to our terms and conditions. If you have any questions please get in touch and we’ll be happy to answer them.

This page includes information on:

  • Booking terms and conditions
  • Website terms and conditions
  • Online classroom usage, terms and conditions


These are our terms and conditions for booking a course or service with the Professional Writing Academy Ltd. For courses and services owned, offered and operated by our partners, please see the terms and conditions on their websites.

By booking a course or service you agree to these terms and conditions.

Course and service information

All course and service information is correct at the time of publication.

We reserve the right to make changes to the advertised course or service, including, but not limited to, course content, tutors and timings, for any reason at any time. If we do make a change we’ll aim to provide as much notice as possible, and will always try to replace tutors with someone of equal experience and standing.


You must be 18 or older to book and/or take part in any course or service.

Your place on a course or service is not confirmed until we receive your non-refundable deposit, full payment, or first payment if we’ve agreed that you can pay by instalments or on a session-by-session basis.

If we don’t receive the balance by the course or service start date, or as otherwise agreed, we reserve the right to offer the place to someone else and your deposit will be forfeit. You are only guaranteed a place for the sessions you have paid for.


Paying a non-refundable deposit secures your booking and means that you are committing to the course or service for its full duration. As such, you are liable to pay the full fees before the course starts or as otherwise agreed.


At our discretion, you may be able to transfer your booking to another course of the same cost and duration, subject to availability.

We’ll consider transfers up to two weeks before the course or service starts, and any payment made will be allocated to the new course or service you choose. If you ask to transfer a booking after this time, we may do so only if we have already received the full course fee from you and we are able to confirm another booking to replace yours.

If either of these conditions is not met, we will unfortunately have to treat your booking as cancelled and shall retain the full fee as forfeit. Please note that transfers can only be made once in any calendar year, and if we do transfer your place, we cannot offer refunds for cancellations or further transfers.

Cancelling before the course or service starts

We accept cancellations up to 12 weeks before your course or service starts and we’ll refund the full cost.

If you need to cancel less than 12 weeks before, we’ll do our best to find someone to replace you. If we succeed, we’ll return the balance of your payment less a 10% charge. If we can’t find a replacement, we reserve the right to keep the full amount you’ve paid.

Cancelling after the course or service has started

If you leave the course or service after it has started, you’ll still have to pay the full fees. We may make exceptions to this in extreme circumstances and at our discretion.

What happens if we cancel the course or service?

We rarely need to cancel, but if we do we’ll give you as much notice as possible and we’ll either offer you an alternative course or service of the same standing, or return all fees paid, but shall not pay any other costs.


When you book a course or service through our website we’ll automatically subscribe you to our newsletter. We never share your details with other people and you can unsubscribe at any time.

Attending your course or service

By booking a place on a course or service you commit to attending to all the sessions to the best of your ability. We ask you to do this because:

  • it’s not practical for someone else to take your place on a course if you cancel after it’s started
  • attending all sessions means you’ll get the most benefit from your learning

Unfortunately, we cannot automatically offer refunds or exchanges if you miss a course or service session due to illness or any other reason, but we may give you the option of joining a course at a later date.


We’re proud to run professional and friendly courses and services designed to inspire and support your writing, learning and creativity. To make sure they’re a pleasure for everyone, we expect you to be respectful and thoughtful, and not behave in any way that may cause offence to anyone in our online classroom, including students, tutors, moderators, administrators and guests.

All classroom discussions during the course or service are private and confidential. You agree to keep confidential any information and/or material, which is divulged by other students, tutors, moderators, administrators and guests (either written, online or oral) both during and after the course or service.

You agree not to make any audio or visual recordings of the sessions, the work of the tutor, guest speakers or of other students.


All course materials are owned by or licensed to us, or used with permission, and are protected by copyright, trademarks, database rights and/or other intellectual property rights.

This includes, but is not limited to, podcasts, videos, written lectures, notes and transcripts, quizzes, forum content and discussions, images, graphics and photographs, as well as the design, logos, layout and appearance of the classroom.

You may use all course materials during your course, but you are not permitted to reproduce, copy, distribute or share them in any format at any time during or after your course.

You retain copyright of any work you write during your course. You warrant and indemnify to Professional Writing Academy Ltd. that any such work shall be your own and shall not infringe the copyright of any third party. This warranty shall survive any cancellation or termination of the course.


Who owns this website?

This website is owned by Professional Writing Academy Ltd. We are registered in England and Wales under company registration number 07561848 and our registered address is C/O Garbutt & Elliott, 33 Park Place, Leeds LS1 2RY, UK

Visiting our website

We aim to make our site available at all times unless we’re doing routine maintenance or there’s a technical issue beyond our control.

You’re welcome to browse our site entirely at your own risk. We’re not liable for any loss or damage of any kind in connection with the use of this website.

Your use of this website and any dispute arising out of such use is subject to the laws of England and Wales. Unauthorised use may result in a claim for damages and/or be a criminal offence.

Who owns the content?

All content is owned by or licensed to us, or used with permission and is protected by copyright, trademarks, database rights and/or other intellectual property rights.

This includes, but is not limited to, the design, layout, appearance, logos, graphics, photographs and text.

Using the content on our website

Our website is for your information only. We aim to keep it up to date and correct, and we may change it without notice.

We make no warranty or guarantee, express or implied, about the completeness, accuracy, reliability, suitability or availability of the information, content, products or services on this website. You acknowledge that such content may contain inaccuracies or errors, for which we are not liable.

We include links to other websites. We have no control over the nature, content and availability of those sites and linking to them does not imply a recommendation or endorsement of the views expressed within them.

You are not permitted to reproduce any part of this website at any time or in any format.


These terms and conditions are correct as of 18 July 2017. If and when we make any changes to them, we will update this page.


We have separate terms and conditions for our online classroom, which uses a different website. Read our classroom terms and conditions.


We hope you’ve found our website easy to use and enjoyable to visit. But if you’ve had any trouble accessing it, or have questions or suggestions for how we can continue to improve our accessibility, please tell us by email at info@profwritingacademy.com