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Fiction Writing: Fundamentals

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Start: 20th July 2020 - 6:00pm

Finish: 10th August 2020 - 8:30pm



Are you serious about developing your book idea this summer?

Fiction Writing: Fundamentals is an introduction to the essential elements of the writing process, and a perfect opportunity to learn about the nuts and bolts of writing fiction, apply this to your own work, develop your confidence as a writer, and receive invaluable critical feedback on both your prose and story structure. Led by critically acclaimed author William Ryan, this four-week course is for writers of any genre, and precedes Fiction Writing: Advanced, a six-week course (beginning September 2020) designed to take your work-in-progress to the next level.


Combined price: book Fiction Writing: Fundamentals and Fiction Writing: Advanced

Course benefits

Students on this course should expect:

- 10 hours of practical writing advice and tuition over just 4 weeks

- Feedback from William Ryan on up to 4,000 words of your own writing (4x 1000-word submissions)

- Peer-to-peer review: amass a wealth of objective feedback from fellow students

- Deadlines on writing exercises and written work to make the most of what's on offer

- Copies of presentations and audio recordings from all sessions

- Exclusive discounts on W&A titles and other products 

Each week sessions will combine tutorials with practical exercises, discussion and feedback. 


William will read and mark up all work submitted during the course – highlighting areas which may need work and pointing out areas of strength. In addition you will be expected to read and give constructive feedback on the submitted work of the other students, as will the other students be expected to constructively feedback on your work.

Week One: 

18.00-19.00: The Basics of Writing Fiction - POV, Tense, Style, Setting and Research

19.05-20.30: Workshop on submitted pieces

Week Two:

18.00-19.00: Writing Place – Writing Setting, Research, Atmosphere and Background

19.05-20.30: Workshop on submitted pieces

Week Three:

18.00-19.00: Writing Characters – Your story will be populated with a cast of characters. How can you get the best out of them?

19.05-20.30: Workshop on submitted pieces 

Week Four:

18.00-19.00: Writing Scenes – whether you are writing novels or shorter fiction, the scene is the building block of your novel.

19.05-20.30: Workshop on submitted pieces

Speaker profiles

William Ryan author

William Ryan has written four historical novels which have been shortlisted for numerous awards, including the Theakstons Crime Novel of the Year, The Kerry Group Irish Fiction Award, the HWA Gold Crown for Historical Fiction, the Crime Writers Association’s Steel, Historical and New Blood Daggers and the Irish Crime Novel of the Year (three times). William teaches creative writing at City University in London and has previously taught at the University of East Anglia. His latest novel, A House of Ghosts, was published in 2019 by Bonnier Zaffre.

Event Details

This is an online course which will be presented using video conferencing software. Joining instructions and full guidance will be provided before the course start-date.

Booking & Payment

The course fee of £275 (inc. VAT) is payable in full online. 

Please do contact us if you wish to discuss an instalment payment plan by calling 0207 631 5985 or by sending an email to

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