Affordable writing courses and professional book editing

Write Here… offers high-quality, affordable writing courses in cities throughout the UK – and a range of professional book editing services, from full manuscript reports to help with preparing the perfect submission package.

Taught by published authors, and featuring visits from literary agents and publishers, our seven-week, selective novel writing courses are designed to help writers realise the full potential of their novels-in-progress and give them the best chance of finding a literary agent and a publisher.

Write Here… also offers a range of professional book editing services for authors in the UK and beyond – both published and yet-to-be-published. We are experts in improving your novel and making it as strong as it can be before you send it to literary agents and publishers, or put it in front of the book-reading public.

Our creative writing courses.

Our professional book editing services.

 

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Creative writing courses

Write Here… offers high-quality, affordable creative writing courses in cities throughout the UK. Taught by published authors, and featuring visits from top literary agents, these seven-week courses are designed to help students start writing the books they’ve been mulling over in their heads and to realise the full potential of their novels-in-progress. We also provide writers with industry insight, to give them the best chance of finding a literary agent and a publisher.

What our creative writing courses give you

  • Weekly writing workshops, led by a published author, focusing on 3,000-word sections of students’ novels-in-progress. Each student will be workshopped once during the course.
  • One 20-minute, one-to-one tutorial with the tutor. Students will be asked to submit 3,000 words from their novel directly, along with any questions about the piece and their novel in general, and these will be discussed in the meeting.
  • Weekly teaching sessions on topics essential to the writing of a novel – which will sometimes include writing exercises and homework.
  • A two-hour Q&A session with Write Here… director Rufus Purdy and a literary agent, to help students get more of an insight into the publishing industry.

Our creative writing courses

Write Here… in Belfast

Tutor: Jan Carson (left)
Literary agent: Paul and Susan Feldstein

Dates: 28 May to 9 July 2019

Novelist Helen Cross - tutor on our Write Here… in Birmingham novel-writing courseWrite Here… in Birmingham

Tutor: Helen Cross (left)
Literary agent: Carrie Plitt

Dates: 5 June to 17 July 2019

Write Here… in Edinburgh

Tutor: Kaite Welsh (left)
Literary agent: Jenny Brown

Dates: 13 May to 8 July 2019

Novelist Andrew Michael Hurley - tutor on our Manchester creative writing coursesWrite Here… in Manchester

Tutor: Andrew Michael Hurley (left)
Literary agent: Sinead Heneghan

Dates: 3 June to 15 July 2019

If you have any questions about the Write Here… courses, please email us at courses@writehereuk.com

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Professional book editing

Write Here… offers a range of professional book editing services for authors in the UK and beyond – both published and yet-to-be-published. Director Rufus Purdy, who previously worked as an editor at the Curtis Brown Literary Agency,  is an expert in improving your novel and making it as strong as it can be before you send it to literary agents and publishers, or put it in front of the book-reading public.

‘Rufus was the editor on all three of my novels (which have sold more than 130,000 copies) and I was delighted I with the work he did. Like most authors I thought my books were pretty much the finished article when they went to him, with the possible exception of the odd typo. I was wrong. Rufus helped bring a lot of sense to the story, as well as ensuring the text went off in an excellent and much improved state. I have no hesitation in recommending him.’
– Alex Gerlis, bestselling author of The Best of Our Spies, The Swiss Spy and Vienna Spies. 

‘Rufus provided me with a thorough and detailed editorial report after reading my entire manuscript. Twice. He was incredibly encouraging, understood the genre and showed an absolute grasp of the journey I wanted to portray. But, most importantly, he gave me a concrete and reasoned way forward… He ended the report with a step-by-step process to ensure I understood how to take the next draft to a better place, and followed it up with an insightful and incredibly helpful Skype tutorial. This enabled me to produce a draft that garnered the attention of Curtis Brown literary agent Alice Lutyens, who offered to represent me. ’
– Loraine Peck, author of The Second Son.

Reports

Full editorial report – £449
We will read your novel in its entirety and produce a full editorial report, focusing on aspects such as pacing, plotting, structure, characterisation, marketability, etc – plus answering any specific questions you have about your manuscript. Examples from your novel will be given to highlight each point, as well as recommendations on how to move things forward. The price of this report includes a 60-minute, follow-up meeting to discuss the points raised that – depending on geography – can either take place in person, on Skype or over the phone.

Report on your first 30,000 words – £300
You’re around a third of the way into your novel, but you’re not sure it’s working… Our editorial report on your first 30,000 words will help you identify any problems and help you with any rewriting and restructuring, as well as giving you the confidence to move on with the rest of your book. As with the full report, examples from the text will be given to highlight each point, as well as recommendations on how to move things forward.

Other services

Get your submission package right – £275
Having worked at one of the UK’s top literary agencies for five years, we at Write Here… know exactly what it takes to get a literary agent’s attention, and to give your novel the best chance of being accepted – as well as what NOT to do. We’ll help you prepare a submission package (covering letter, synopsis and the first three chapters of your novel) that will stand out and impress.

Full copy-edit of your novel – price on application
Are you ready to either self-publish your novel or send it out to literary agents? In both cases, it’s advisable to have your work copy-edited to a professional standard before you go any further. I’ll make sure the text of your novel is accurate, easy to follow, and free from errors and repetition. I’ll correct any spelling, punctuation, grammar, style and usage mistakes, and also eliminate very long sentences and overuse of italic, bold, capitals, exclamation marks and the passive voice. I’ll be looking for inconsistencies in characterisation/narrative, eliminating sudden changes from first to third person and monitoring the novel’s timeline. If this sounds like what you need, then please get in touch for a quote.

For more information or to book one of our services, please contact us.

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How to submit to a literary agent: Carrie Plitt visits our Birmingham course

One of the best things about our creative writing courses in Belfast, Birmingham, Edinburgh and Manchester is that students get the opportunity to meet literary agents such as Carrie Plitt from Felicity Bryan Associates. We were delighted to welcome Carrie (pictured, right, with her Literary Friction podcast co-host Octavia Bright) to the final session of …

About

Write Here… offers high-quality, affordable creative writing courses in cities throughout the UK. We also offer a range of professional book editing services for novelists – both published and yet-to-be-published. We aim to improve your novel and make it as strong as it can be before you send it to literary agents and publishers, or put it in front of the book-reading public.

Write Here… is run by writer and editor Rufus Purdy, who – from 2012 to 2018 – was editor at the Curtis Brown Creative novel-writing school. As an editor, he has worked on books as diverse as Alex Gerlis’s bestselling spy novels The Best of Our Spies, The Swiss Spy and Vienna Spies, and legendary Squeeze songwriter Chris Difford’s memoir Some Fantastic Place. And, as a journalist, his work has been published in The Times, The Observer, The Financial Times, Condé Nast Traveller and The Sunday Times Travel Magazine.

Rufus began his career dressed as a giant banana (complete with yellow tights), handing flyers to tourists outside Covent Garden tube station. Desperate for a job that would give him some dignity, he went into publishing and – after a spell working on financial directories – he landed the position of Junior Sub-editor at Harper’s Bazaar, where he honed his editorial skills polishing up celebrities’ barely literate copy. A spell at Condé Nast Traveller reawakened a love of seeing the world and, after an enjoyable spell as a sub-editor-for-hire, he became Associate Editor at Psychologies, where he combined the Chief Sub’s role with that of Travel Editor. This led to him being offered the job of editor at boutique-hotel experts Mr & Mrs Smith, where – until his first child was born in June 2009 – he spent his days, writing, editing, commissioning and blogging, while unsuccessfully trying to convince his team that he was far too busy and important to make them cups of tea. As editor of Family Traveller magazine, he was shortlisted for Launch of the Year at the 2014 BSME Awards.

Rufus is the author of London By Bus, a guide to exploring the capital via its existing bus routes.

 

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