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 courses be suitable for me?

Our Write & Edit A Story course will be perfect for you, as we will encourage you to finish a first draft, as well as giving you the necessary tools to persevere with a work in progress and edit what you’ve written. We also offer Writers’ services, including  mentoring, if you would like one-to-one feedback and a set of deadlines to meet!

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

For some of our courses, we provide material to read before hand – there is pre-reading for our Folk Tales in New Fiction course, but not for our Write & Edit a Story course. Members of the Continuing to Write Post-MA course spend some time each month reading work submitted by fellow group members, and prepare to give feedback during the sessions. For our beginners’ courses, you just need to turn up, and can continue to work on pieces you have written on the day afterwards if you’d like.

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 encourage all those taking part in our courses 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?

If you choose to share your work on our courses, you will get informal feedback. Our Continuing to Write Post-MA course is designed to be all about critical feedback through group discussion. Unfortunately we don’t have time to offer one-on-one critique during courses, but we are always happy to give you feedback, whether written or face-to-face – take a look at our Writers’ services for more information.

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

Just email us at 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.

 

Any more questions?

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