FAQs

What if I’ve never written anything creative before? Will these courses be for me?

Yes, definitely. There will be lots of fun exercises at the start of the beginners course to help warm up writers whatever their ability. The focus is on having fun and putting pen to paper. We hope that by the end of the course you’ll have more of an idea of form and what interests you as a writer, some literary skills and tools to store away, but most of all the inspiration and confidence to continue writing on your own.

I have written a few short stories but am finding it hard to stick with anything long enough to finish it. Will your beginners course be suitable for me?

Our Beginning to write course will be perfect for you, as it will help you get to know your strengths and weaknesses as a writer and give you the necessary tools to persevere with a work in progress. If you stay on for the Continuing to write course, there will also be the opportunity to workshop your writing, with more emphasis on rewriting and fine-tuning. We also offer Writers’ services, including manuscript assessment and mentoring, if you would like one-to-one feedback.

How much time will I be expected to commit to the course?

The beginners course is two hours per week over a six-week period. Within that time we might give you exercises to complete from home or you might want to continue with writing that you’ve started in class. We might also offer suggested reading.

How much writing will I be expected to do on the beginners course?

We will be encouraging writing in lesson time, but more as a way of loosening up, and in response to themes or texts. We would like to think that you might start something bigger – a story or a chapter of a novel or non-fiction piece – which you might want to further develop from home, or which might inspire you to enrol on the intermediate course.

Will I have to read my work out loud?

We will encourage all those taking part in the course to read their work out loud, but you won’t have to if you really don’t want to.

How much feedback will I get on my work?

The Beginning to write course is focused on in-class activity and exercises, which we’ll encourage you to share with the group. The Continuing to write course will give students the opportunity to give and receive critique on work-in-progress. Unfortunately we won’t have time to offer one-on-one critique. If you’d like more in-depth feedback, please get in touch about our Writers’ services.

How do I register for a place on a London Lit Lab course?

You can fill out our Contact us page or email info@londonlitlab.co.uk.

How do I pay for a course?

When you’re registered we’ll send you an invoice that you’ll need to pay in advance of the course.

What if I book a place and then I can’t attend?

You will receive a full refund if you cancel over four weeks before the course is due to start. If you don’t cancel four weeks or more before the start date of the course, we can only offer a refund if we manage to fill your place.

Why are there no prices shown for mentoring services?

Our Writers’ services are tailored for each writer and so fees vary. Please contact us for more details.

Any more questions?

Please contact us here or at info@londonlitlab.co.uk.