Fiction Writing Certificate. Unit 3. Writing your Book with Bethan Roberts and Laura Wilkinson

Ref: SWE13534

About this course

Please note that the course fee of £990 (which covers all three units) is payable in advance of study.

During this three-unit course, the key elements which underpin fiction writing are brought together into one continuing programme to support the development of writing a novel. Led by two published novelists, with plenty of mentoring and coaching experience.

Course Description

Writing Your Book is the third and final unit in our three-part Certificate in Fiction Writing course.

Please note this unit cannot be taken as a stand alone course. Attendance and payment of all three units is required to be awarded the full Certificate in Fiction Writing.


Arrival Day - this is the first date listed above

Courses start early evening. Residential students to arrive from 4pm, non-residential students to arrive by 6.45pm.

6.45pm: Welcome, followed by dinner (included).

8 - 9pm: First teaching session, attendance is essential.

Daily timetable

Classes 9.15 - 5pm, lunch is included.

From 6.30pm: Dinner (included for residential students).

Evening working - students may have access to workshops until 9pm, but only with their tutor's permission and provided any health and safety guidelines are observed.

Last day

Classes 9.15am - 3pm, lunch is included.

Residential students are to vacate their rooms by 10am please.

(This timetable is for courses of more than one day in length. The tutor may make slight variations)



Bethan Roberts

Tutor - Certificate in Fiction Writing

Bethan Roberts has published five novels and writes stories and drama for BBC Radio 4. Her books include: The Good Plain Cook (Serpent’s Tail, 2008), which was a Radio 4 Book at Bedtime; My Policeman (Chatto & Windus, 2012), the story of a 1950s policeman, his wife and his male lover (a major Amazon Original movie starring Harry Styles and Emma Corrin) and Mother Island (Chatto, 2014), which received a Jerwood Fiction Uncovered prize. Her latest novel, Graceland, tells the story of Elvis Presley and his mother, Gladys.

Laura Wilkinson Tutor on the MA Creative Writing course at West Dean College of Arts and Conservation


Residential option available. Find out accommodation costs and how to book here.

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