Here at the Academy, we love stories.


Whether you’re taking your first steps at writing short stories, or have a novel ready to edit, our courses will help you make your fiction shine.


We have published dozens of novels, with bestsellers, prize-winners and a Richard & Judy Book Club selection to our names.


We love all genres, from thrillers to teen fiction to ‘book group’ novels, and we can guide and inspire you to develop compelling characters, arresting plots and wonderful settings. And if you’re finishing a draft, watch out for our After the First Draft course, coming in June 2016.

Fiction courses

Writing Fiction with Araminta Hall
3rd term of our fantastic group starts April 28 2016


Discover the fundamentals of good fiction writing in an eight week course that helps you to develop strong characters, page turning writing and compelling plots. 

Each week Araminta will use a combination of exercises and discussion, as well as looking at participants’ work for detailed feedback.
A small group, a friendly relaxed atmosphere and industry insider tips makes this an unmissable course for beginners and emerging writers. 
This course is suitable for new students as well as those who have taken part in Term 1 or 2
Araminta Hall is a tutor and author whose novel, Everything and Nothing, was a Richard and Judy read.
WHEN: Thursday mornings  9:30am -12:30pm April 28th- June 16th
WHERE: The Hive, Stoneham Park
COST: £225
(This course will also run in the autumn starting on September 8th)
The Hive is a community cafe in Stoneham Park, the heart of Poets’ Corner, Hove. They bake delicious homemade cakes and make freshly prepared lunches from a seasonal menu using local suppliers.
How to write a prize-winning story


This course ran in October 2015: email us if you'd like to know when we're running it again!
Four week intensive – you’ll come out with a complete short story and receive a page of feedback written by both tutors. 
Competitions have launched many writing careers. Learn how to get the attention of the judges for all the right reasons and discover where to send your work.
Course leaders Erinna Mettler and Bridget Whelan have both won and judged competitions. Erinna is a novelist and a founder member of the spoken word group Rattle Tales. She is also a Director of The Brighton Prize. Bridget is a novelist who has written a best-selling guide to creative writing.