How to Write a Crime Novel: The Editor’s Guide

Crime novels are incredibly popular, but this popularity makes it a very competitive genre for new writers trying to make their mark. Given this, you might be wondering how to write a crime novel that will actually stand out?…

Thoughts on Writing, Ideas, and The Writers’ Academy

After years of writing for pleasure, Rachel Rivers Porter decided to join our Constructing a Novel course in March 2015.  Fourteen weeks later, she was well on the way to completing her novel ‘Kiss of the Tsunami’, which was later long-listed for the The Times/Chicken House Children’s Fiction Competition.  …

Insights into The Writers’ Academy Course

An Australian native and freelance journalist, Kirsty Manning enrolled on our Creative Writing for Beginners course in September 2014. After spending ten weeks immersed in The Writers’ Academy’s online world of creative writing, she continued to put pen to paper and never looked back: she recently signed a two-book publishing deal with Allen & Unwin, and her debut novel continues to be represented internationally with Curtis Brown.  …

Insights from The Writers’ Academy Tutor

It has often been said that behind every great student, there is a great teacher. In online study, where many uninitiated fear the lack of face-to-face contact will lead to them feeling distanced or alone, the teacher, mentor or tutor’s role becomes even more vital.…