Fiction for Beginners
Fire up your imagination and get inspired to write fiction on our lively Zoom course – perfect for those looking to kickstart their writing journey!
If you’ve always wanted to write but haven’t known where to begin, this course will equip you with the tools needed to start writing your own unique stories with confidence.
Each week, you’ll join 15 budding writers for lively 90-minute Zoom teaching sessions that explore the essentials of fiction writing – from coming up with ideas to creating three-dimensional characters and crafting compelling stories that hook readers from the outset.
Your tutor, acclaimed author Joanna Glen, will provide examples to read and discuss and set practical writing exercises designed to help you find your voice and explore your creative potential.
This course is suitable for complete beginners starting out on their writing journey as well as those looking for a burst of inspiration and to refresh their skills. It’s the perfect first foray into creative writing or a great next step for those who have taken our four-week Creative Writing for Beginners course or our 30-Day Writing Bootcamps and would like to develop their craft with a friendly, supportive group of fellow writers. This course will run from 4 March to 29 April 2024.
Thank you for putting on such an enjoyable course! I loved it and hope to try out some more in the future after I’ve made a start with the tools I’ve learnt from this course.
Joanna Glen is a novelist who lives in Brighton. Her first novel, The Other Half of Augusta Hope, was shortlisted for the Costa First Novel Award and the Authors’ Club Best First Novel Award in 2019, and this was followed by All My Mothers in 2021, both books set partially in the hot south of Spain. Joanna is a passionate hispanophile who read Spanish at the University of London, with a stint at the Faculty of Arts in Córdoba. During her career in education, Joanna taught Spanish and English to all ages, was a School Principal in London, a visiting lecturer and education adviser. Alongside her writing, she continues to coach on a range of topics and to mentor. Her third novel comes out in Spring 2024.
Rebecca F. John
Rebecca F. John is a Welsh novelist, short story writer and editor. Her first novel The Haunting of Henry Twist was published by Serpent’s Tail in 2017 and shortlisted for the Costa First Novel Award. She is also the author of The Empty Greatcoat, Fannie, which was shortlisted for the Wales Book of the Year, and Vulcana, a fictionalised version of the life of Victorian Strongwoman Kate Williams.
Rebecca’s short stories have been broadcast on BBC Radio 4 and BBC Radio4Extra. In 2015, her story ‘The Glove Maker’s Numbers’ was shortlisted for the Sunday Times EFG Short Story Award, and her collection Clown's Shoes, was published through Parthian in 2015. In 2022, she published her first children’s book, The Shadow Order, with Firefly Press. Rebecca lives in Swansea with her partner, their son, and their dogs.
WHAT DOES THIS COURSE GIVE YOU?
- Live teaching sessions on Zoom: On Monday evenings, Joanna will welcome the group for a 90-minute Zoom class, covering topics that will be of interest to beginners such as how to create engaging characters, gripping dialogue and a strong sense of place. You’ll read examples of great fiction writing and discuss these as a group.
- A community of writers: Join a friendly and supportive group of 15 aspiring writers for weekly Zoom classes and share your work with your peers on our bespoke learning platform. You’ll be encouraged to read and give feedback on each other’s work and to discuss the week’s teaching topic in a warm, supportive space.
- Writing tasks: Weekly writing tasks, prompts and practical exercises will help you explore the teaching topics and develop your skills as you put pen to paper.
- Feedback on your writing: Each week, your tutor will give brief feedback to five students on their work, so that each student in the group receives individual comment on their work twice during the course.
- Guest author session: Join a special live Zoom session with author Rebecca F. John, she will talk about how she got started writing fiction and give tips on setting goals, making time to write and progressing with a project. There will be an opportunity for students to ask questions.
Joanna will lead weekly Zoom sessions on Monday evenings from 7.00pm to 8.30pm (UK time) unless otherwise stated. Please note that precise dates of sessions and details of course speakers are subject to change.
BeginningsMon 4 Mar
CharacterMon 11 Mar
PlotMon 18 Mar
SettingMon 25 Mar
Guest Author SessionMon 8 Apr
Point of ViewMon 15 Apr
DialogueMon 22 Apr
EndingsMon 28 Apr
COURSE FEES & APPLICATION
The course fee of £525 (inc VAT) per student is payable in full before the start of the course.
Places will be offered on a first come, first served basis – we therefore advise people who are keen to join this course to apply early. If you’d like to apply, please fill out our application form. If you encounter any problems during the application process, or have any more questions about the course, please email firstname.lastname@example.org for assistance.
Students will be given the option to purchase feedback on their work from a CBC editor at the end of the course.
- CBC report: For an additional fee of £145, you can obtain a detailed 500-word report on your work (of up to 3,000 words) from one of our editors.
- CBC report + tutorial: For an additional fee of £240, you can obtain a 500-word report from one of our editors and have a 30-minute video or telephone tutorial with them to discuss your work.
Start writing fiction on our eight-week Zoom course for beginners – with inspiring lessons from tutor Joanna Glen.