The Basics Course is open for booking!


Spread the Word is thrilled to launch The Basics Course, a brand-new series of free online workshops for writers who have just started or are planning to write a full-length fiction novel.

The Basics is a course designed for early-stage writers looking to make their first steps to write a novel. Spread over five weeks, the course will be run by four award-winning debut novelists and an experienced editor. Each session will run on Zoom and will standalone so you don’t need to sign up to each one to take part. They will also be recorded so you can catch up. 

This course will take you through the basics of putting together a full-length fiction novel, from developing your ideas, to editing your draft – there’s something for every writer looking to make a start on their novel.

The Basics Course dates and writers

A close-up photo of Pam Williams, a black woman with long black and grey dread locks. She looks at the camera. She wears big black glasses and a black collared shirt.Developing Characters with Pam Williams

Thursday 23 May, 6.30pm-8.30pm

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Image of Cecile Pin, a woman who smiles and sits relaxed with her hand rested on her crossed leg. She wears a white shirt and blue jeans. She has dark hair pulled up in a ponytail.Developing an Idea with Cecile Pin

Wednesday 29 May, 6.30pm-8.30pm

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An image of Han Smith, a white person sitting on some steps outside. She smiles, with crossed arms resting on her lap. She wears a black long sleeved top and dark blue jeans. She has short brown hair and glasses.Plot and Structure with Han Smith 

Wednesday 5 June, 6.30pm-8.30pm

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An image of Santanu, sitting down and facing the camera. Santanu is a light-skinned brown man with short dark hair, who wears glasses. He has a dark grey blazer and a white t-shirt beneath, and wears blue jeans. Behind him are bookshelves.Voice with Santanu Bhattacharya 

Wednesday 12 June, 6.30pm-8.30pm

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An image of Ana Fletcher, stood outside in a garden. She smiles, with one hand in her pocket. She is a white woman with short, shoulder-length hair brown hair. She wears a black t-shirt and black trousers.Self-Editing with Ana Fletcher

Wednesday 19 June, 6.30pm-8.30pm

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If you have any questions relating to access or access requests, please contact the team on [email protected] and we will work to meet your access needs.

Published: 9 April 2024