FAQs


Do I need to have any writing experience to study a course with The Writers’ Academy?

Not at all, simply a passion for writing and the desire to become a writer. You certainly don’t need to have a collection of completed novels in your bottom drawer – although if you do, you’re also welcome to complete a course!

How do the online creative writing courses work?

After you have signed up and before the course starts, you will be given login details to your secure personal online Writing Studio where you can access carefully structured learning materials, upload and store your work and communicate with your Tutor and fellow writers. We believe that distance learning requires more support, not less. Therefore you will receive regular feedback and advice and can communicate with your Tutor and fellow writers whenever you want to. When it comes to receiving individual feedback on your work, you are able to communicate with your Tutor on a confidential, one-to-one basis. You are able to study at times which suit you so that your online study can be combined with work or family commitments.

How much time will I need to commit to studying each week?

You will be required to commit to between five and fifteen hours of learning per week depending on the course you choose.

Do I need to have completed the Creative Writing for Beginners Course in order to take part in the Constructing a Novel course?

No, the Constructing a Novel course is suitable for all writers who have spent some time writing and are keen to make significant progress towards the completion of the first draft of their novel. If you are just starting out with your writing, then Creative Writing for Beginners is the course for you, but if you have already been writing for some time, or have taken a different creative writing course in the past, then Constructing a Novel will help you to develop your writing skills even further.

How do I know my online payment is secure?

Payment security is our top priority. Our site undergoes rigorous testing every three months to remain PCI compliant - this is payment card industry standard testing which allows us to have an SSL certificate and display the ‘https’ in our URL.

Is technical support provided for participants of The Writers' Academy?

Yes, an experienced Support Team and a dedicated Technical Team are on hand to offer support Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm.

What if I have a holiday booked for one week during the course?

If you are unable to work for a week during your course then please don’t worry. Although there are weekly activities to complete, there are no strict deadlines within the course, so you can work at your own pace. We would recommend that you spend some time catching up when you can, or try to work ahead beforehand. That way, you will be learning at the same pace as your fellow writers.

What equipment is needed to study with The Writers’ Academy?

In order to participate in an online creative writing course you will need to have access to a PC or Mac and to the internet, and to be familiar with using these. The operating system on your computer should be a minimum of OSX for a Mac and Windows 7 for a PC. If you’re unsure if you have a suitable system please call us on +44 (0)203 026 0810 or email [email protected].

Who tutors the courses?

The Tutors on The Writers’ Academy courses are highly qualified specialists. The Writers’ Academy has the same qualification and experience requirements for its Tutors as colleges and universities throughout the UK.

How often can students communicate with their Tutor on an online course?

You have access to a private online discussion area and can communicate with your Tutor whenever you want to. They will aim to respond within 24 hours Monday to Friday.

Do I need to prepare anything before the course?

This varies depending on the course you choose. Check the course details page for information or email [email protected] if you’re still unsure and would like further information or clarification.