Writers Toolkit

Writers Toolkit

A Complete One-Year Writing Programme

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 mentor. An agreed framework document sets out aims & objectives. The approach is supportive and encouraging. 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.    

Writing Programme Outline

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 programme includes a checklist and concludes with a summary assessment.

Course Leader

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.

Like a Chat?

Writers Surgery is an excellent introduction to working with us. (We offer £100.00 discount on Writers Toolkit booked within three months of your Writers Surgery appointment.) Find out more.

For a more informal chat (Zoom or phone) email us with a short note about you and your work, what you would like to achieve and some indication of your availability and we will contact you with a time slot. 

We look forward to hearing from you!

To enrol:

Email us with ‘Writers Toolkit’ 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.



“I’ve greatly appreciated your feedback, which has always been professionally measured and to the point. Writers Toolkit has helped me better define my plot and characters, gain a much better understanding of professional layout, and sharpen my idea of genre. I would certainly recommend Writers Toolkit very highly.”

Cameron Riddle used Writers Toolkit to complete the first full draft of his novel.

“Thank you very much for your detailed report and notes. It’s brought immense value to my writing experience and I am sure it will continue to do so. 

The structure (of the report) is easy to follow. I find the examples you use to demonstrate a point particularly helpful, especially on the manuscript itself.

I also appreciate your sensitive style of critiquing. I thought I’d be overwhelmed by the criticism and spiral into self-doubt, but that’s not the case. I can follow your reasoning quite easily.  Most importantly, you’re giving me workable methods to improve.”


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