Writers Toolkit

Writers Toolkit

Writers Toolkit is a new programme designed to cover all the essentials of fiction. It is based on our groundbreaking Apprenticeships scheme and aimed at new writers starting out. 

 Over the course of a year (or so), writers will work towards knocking their manuscript into shape under the guidance of an experienced professional. An agreed framework document sets out aims & objectives. At key stages, writers will receive feedback on their work in progress, in the form of detailed written appraisals, notations on the manuscript, exercises, worksheets and one-to-one interaction. Areas covered include character, setting and plot, as well as prose style and presentation, identifying genre, writing a synopsis, structure, point of view, narrative development and planning.    

 The programme is flexible to suit individual requirements. It consists of four or five sessions over a year to eighteen months. They can be used to improve writing in general, to work towards a final draft, or to redraft an existing manuscript. There are two options offered within an agreed timetable.

            1. Five partial readings of thirty pages. (10,000 words)

            2. Three partial readings & one full manuscript appraisal 

The course leader is Marion Urch, the director of Adventures in Fiction. She has been working with writers since 2003 and has helped many on the path to success. 

Our guarantee: By completion, you will have a thorough understanding of every aspect of the fiction writing process and a clear sense of your own stage of development.

 If you respond well to deadlines, this is the programme for you.

To enrol:

Send an email to marion@adventuresinfiction.co.uk with ‘Writers Toolkit Application’ in the email heading.  Include details about yourself, your current stage and what you are hoping to achieve along with a first page and a synopsis if you have one. (If you don’t have one, try to summarize your essential starting points, whatever these might be. It doesn’t have to be perfect. Just include enough details to give the reader a sense of what you are aiming for.)

We will contact you to confirm this is the right package for you.

The Fees

£1,500.00 (payable in two instalments)

Stage 1. £250.00

Stage 2. £1,250.00

(We offer an initial stage because we want writers to make an informed decision before signing up for the full package.)

Signing Up:

 Stage 1.

Once you have paid the initial fee of £250.00 and sent us your first thirty pages, we are ready to go! (We will send bank details and confirm receipt.) We will then get back to you within 3-4 weeks with our initial assessment.

 Stage 2.

Upon payment of the second instalment of £1,250.00, we will discuss the best option with you, set out a framework and agree on a timetable. You can then send us your pages.

Terms & Conditions

The usual terms & conditions apply. Do read them for your own peace of mind.

We expect writers who have signed up to make a commitment to complete the programme, though we understand that this may not always be possible.

We will take exceptional circumstances into account and agree a refund of any unallocated part of the fee, minus a cancellation fee of £350.00, which covers administration costs.


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