Becoming a Writer course

Becoming a Writer Course – open for applications

Becoming a writer is a 12-week course for writers of all abilities. It is specifically aimed at people who put off writing, for whatever reason, or who find themselves listening to that inner critic, more than they ought.

This course will help you to develop your voice as a writer and understand your writing blocks. Through a series of exercises and writing workshops you will write short fragments and delve deeper into your creative mind.

You may be in the throes of writing a novel, revising short stories or just starting out. If you feel that you could benefit from understanding how and why good writing works this course might be a good fit. If you’ve already taken a writing class, done an MA, or have published a novel this course isn’t for you. There are plenty of places you can find support.

There are 20 spaces on this course. Places are free and you can join us from any part of the world. All we ask is you have regular access to an internet connection and that you attend each session with an open mind. You’ll need to commit around 4-6 hours to this each week, so please don’t apply if you are unable to do this.

In addition to the weekly classes, two 30-minute coaching calls are built in to the programme.

What will you learn:

  • a helpful guide and strategy to help you focus on your writing
  • tools to help you unblock
  • exercises to help you reconnect with your creative self
  • writing techniques and methods
  • a clear guide to improve and revise work
  • tips and tools to help you develop your writing skill

The course will be delivered online and begins on January 8th 2018.

To apply please email the following, in the body of an email, and send to

  1. A personal statement (of no more than 250 words) of why you’d like to participate and how you think it will benefit you and your writing
  2. A sample of your writing – (no more than 500 words
  3. A biography and links to your website / twitter (if any)

Please ensure your email subject is clearly marked ‘Becoming a writer application.’ Attachments won’t be opened, and any applications with attachments will not be considered.

The deadline for applications is November 24th 2017. Applications will be assessed in the order they are received. We strongly recommend you apply as early as possible.

Here’s what previous students have said about the course:

“The “Becoming a Writer” and the “Advanced Fiction Writers” courses completely changed my life aa writer. Until that point, writing was something that I loved, but thought would remain largely a hobby. I’d had a few stories published before, but I just didn’t know how to progress and get better aa writer. However, Farhana Shaikh is a fantastic teacher and these courses were invaluable in increasing my confidence, putting me in touch with people who were in the same boat, challenging me and improving my skills, teaching me how to receive and give better feedback and, most of all, they were great fun!”

“It gave me an idea of the possibilities and of the ways in which one could discipline oneself.”

“The commitment that Farhana showed in our group really helped us bond and give honest feedback both in terms of writing and our lives and how it made writing both a source of enjoyment and fulfilment but also frustration and self criticism. ”

“The course was useful to me and I think I could improve my writing skills. I feel a bit confident after the course.”

“Becoming a Writer course helped to kickstart a daily process for me, after feeling really stuck.”

“The Creative Exercises’ were an incentive to write, and improve my writing.”