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 small groups and experienced, published tutors can 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, take our Are You Ready to the Published course.

Fiction courses

Fiction Writing Group
STOP PRESS - Autumn course now full, booking for January 


October 22 - December 10 Thursday morning 9.30am - 12.30pm Eight weeks.
Each session will last three hours.  Learn how to write compelling fiction through writing exercises, group discussions and a focus on your own work. A small group, a friendly relaxed atmosphere and industry insider tips makes this an unmissable course for beginners and emerging writers.  Course leader: Araminta Hall’s first novel Everything and Nothing was a Richard and Judy read in Autumn 2011
Location: The Hive, Stoneham Park, Stoneham Road, Hove BN3 5HJ. Fee: £195​
How to write a prize-winning story


October 15th – November 5th
Thursday afternoons 1pm-3pm
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.
Location: Cornerstones Community Education Centre, Hove
Fee: £65
Coming in 2016...


We have more courses coming in 2016 including Novel-writing, Flash Fiction, Writing for Children and muchmore. To make sure you don't miss out, email us to add your name to our mailing list.