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The Course In Detail

Each personal creative writing course is different, tailored explicitly to you and what you want to write and achieve.

However, everyone can expect the same high standards of service and underlying course structure:

  • 1 one-hour introductory session, where you will discuss with your tutor where you are in the writing process, where you want to be, what you want to achieve over the course and how it can be best structured to suit you, your book and your availability.
  • 8 one-hour tutorial sessions in which you will discuss up to 5,000 words per session. All sessions will be one-to-one and face-to-face. You will have your own personal tutor, who will be invested in your work and will help you hone and develop your writing skills as well as your specific work. On enrolment you will be provided with a suggested schedule for your sessions, but they can be rearranged to your convenience up to a week in advance.
  • 6 months between the introductory session and the final tutorial session, with all sessions in between arranged flexibly around your life.
  • 1 Group Workshop is also included in the price.

How To Apply

Unlike group creative writing courses, which are governed by fixed ‘term’ times, we take applications to our courses all year round. We ask that you provide a brief sample of your work (1,000 – 3,000 words). We assess your submission to ascertain whether we think you’ll benefit from our course. This has got nothing to do with whether you’re ‘good enough’ – it’s just to check that we are the right people to help you write your book.

If you’re not sure you want to commit to the full course, you can purchase the introductory session separately for £200. This also makes a great gift for any budding writers in your life who need the impetus to get writing.

Our courses are currently only offered in Central London. In exceptional circumstances we can offer courses remotely, though we really do believe that face-to-face works best. If you would like to register your interest for courses elsewhere, email

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Free 15-Minute Chat

15-Minute Chats are the best way to get your personal questions answered about how Ink Academy might be able to support you. They are an invaluable opportunity to spend some time talking directly to an Ink Academy tutor about your specific situation, and to get our perspective on your writing and how we might be able to help you develop it.

There is no pressure to sign up for an Ink Academy Course and we consistently receive feedback that people find chats incredibly valuable. Either fill in the sign up form at the bottom of the page with *Free 15-Minute Chat* in the “Additional Information” box, or you can request a free 15-Minute Chat by email on or by telephone on 0845 139 9311.

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Supplement your course with additional Group Workshops and Author Masterclasses

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Group Workshops

Group workshops are a chance to meet other writers and benefit from peer review of your work. Whilst Ink Academy believes strongly that creative writing can only be taught one-to-one as every writer is different, some writers find it beneficial to have an opportunity for complementary group workshops. By sharing your work with a small, supportive group of fellow writers, under the guidance of a tutor, you can benefit from their encouragement and feedback, as well as learning from your own ability to critique and appreciate others’ works-in-progress.

Group Workshops take place on the second Saturday of every month.  Places are allocated on a first-come, first-served basis.  There is no limit on the number of Group Workshops you can apply to during your enrolment on the Ink Academy Writing Course but please note that if you attend more than one, you will not necessarily encounter the same attendees as before.

Group Workshops are only available to those enrolled on the Ink Academy Writing Course. A Group Workshop is a tutor-led discussion of the attendees’ work. Each attendee will provide up to 3,000 words up to a week in advance of the Group Workshop. For a workshop to benefit everyone involved, all attendees must have read and thought about – and be prepared to give considered feedback on – the other attendees’ work in advance of the workshop.

All students enrolled on an Ink Academy Group Workshop must understand and agree to adhere to our Terms and Conditions.

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Apply here for the Ink Academy Writing Course

Applying to the Ink Academy Writing Course is quick and simple. Just upload a sample of your writing below, along with your name and email address, and we will be in touch with enrolment details.

The sample of your writing does not need to be polished or perfect, or even from the work you want to develop on the course. It is just so that we can ensure our course is best placed to help you. For more details, please see our FAQs.

Please feel free to include any additional information, for example:
– Anything you’d like us to know about your writing experience, the project you’d like to work on or the submission you’ve uploaded below
– Preferred times and days for tutorials
– Whether you would like any additional Group Workshops (1 is included in the price)

Upload 1,000-5,000 words of your writing here: