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This has been an amazing experience and I am so glad I took this up as well as the full membership. It is just what I’ve been looking for. I have learned a lot about myself, but also about things I didn’t know I knew and I think its made my writing better.

- Janice T

£50. Six months access.

Part of the WHQ membership or £50 stand-alone

Four week course, rolling access

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Ahhh ‘write what you know’ – that old hackneyed chestnut, right? For most of us, ‘what we know’ is actually pretty dull and boring, but that’s not the point. The point is, we’re all frickin’ human. We all feel things (ugh, feelings). We all know stuff that other people don’t know. We’ve all experienced the world, with all its ups and downs and sideways strangeness. And the secret to good writing is translating all that innate human-y knowledge into honest, realistic fiction.

No matter how much or little writing experience you have, no matter how low your writing confidence is (we’re talking to you, imposter syndromers), no matter what you want to write about or how little you think you know, we’re here to PROVE that you have a wealth of writing knowledge just ready to be unleashed on the world.

After all, you are a human person thing, and you have all these emotions and life experiences and feelings and thoughts and you have seen things, man. You know things. You have lived.

Which means: you can write.

Over the course of four weeks we’re going to show you how to harness the power of your innate human-y knowledge; how to draw from what you DO know and translate that into fantastical, imaginative, moving, amazing fiction. 

We know that sometimes writing into the unknown can be terrifying. How do you put yourself into the shoes of someone other than yourself? How do you visualise and accurately depict a place you’ve never been? How do you write about something you’ve never done and make it feel REAL?

You start with what you know. 

You use the experiences you already have on tap and adapt them, tweak ’em, manipulate and amplify them until they serve your purposes. You show your writing chops and turn what you know into what you don’t know in a believable, honest, and realistic way. 

Sounds easy/difficult/terrifying, huh? Yep. All of those. 

But we’re gonna do it anyway. 

So join us for a month full of pep, exercises, prompts and guidance on harvesting all the amazing things you know into your writing.

Learn how to craft teeny little truth bombs to scatter into your fiction and make it feel as realistic as possible

Suitable for any kind of writing: novels, short fiction, poetry, screenwriting, whatever floats your boat

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Best f**king course on writing short fiction, ever ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

I love this course. So much information, so many great exercises, such great feedback in the forums. Doesn’t matter how you learn – there’s a little something for everyone here, from videos to suggested readings to hands-on work – and some great prompts for the exercises. Helped me think about writing in invaluable new ways (distill your story down to a 140-character tweet? I can do this, I can do this…!). Kind, encouraging, clear, direct. I wrote some new stories during the course, and with the stories I already had before I started, I have lots of editing ahead of me….but at least now I KNOW WHAT TO DO! Thanks for a stellar course, Jo. Time now to stop f**king about and start editing (writing is rewriting :o).

Mary Taslimi

Writing Short Fiction

I really enjoyed the exercise. It went a way I did not expect but I think I will be able to use it now for some memoir short stories I’m pulling together. Thank you so much for the inspiration.



Feedback on point ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
I’m so grateful for the close reading and critique – your feedback is so on point!

Jess Tickell


Thank you, this was very cleansing and felt like a reset for me 😊




Jo Gatford
Half of Writers’ HQ
Procrastinator Level: Set up WHQ and did an MA to avoid writing her novel


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