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Thank you! I was putting off starting ... thinking why am I bothering, what makes me think I could ever become a writer and why would anyone want to read anything I write? I think 'fear of failure' applies to so many issues in life, not just writing.
– Pauline Braisher

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Are your writing fears holding you back? Be not afeared. All is well. 

Our Writing Without Fear course contains a metric tonne of tips, tricks and advice on boosting your confidence, overcoming self-doubt, and dealing with the many terrifying aspects of the writing process.

Stuff like…

  • The dreaded blank page <gasp>
  • Good old imposter syndrome <argh>
  • The existential horror of writer’s block <no, please, stop>
  • Your mortal enemy: the inner critic <oof>
  • And… dun dun duuuuun: REJECTION <faints>

We know. It’s scary. Take a moment to compose yourself, take a big whiff of the smelling salts, and gird your loins, because by the end of this course you’ll have all the tools you need to defeat each and every one of those dastardly fiends, achieving epic-level freedom from fear.

Learn how to recognise, avoid, and smash the writerly fears that are stopping you from achieving your goals.

Gentle challenges to help you to defeat your writing fears with the power of the mighty pen!

Join our lovely little online community to support you through your writing journey and beyond, plus peer and WHQ feedback.


I just wanted to say how much I love Writers’ HQ
A story I wrote for Flash Face Off has been accepted for publication (on a website I found in the WHQ competition listings). Thank you so much for giving me the confidence to send my work out ‘there’ and to all those wonderful people on the forums who give such amazing constructive criticism!

Sarah Gallego

Flash Face Off

Never done anything like this before and found the online format worked so well. Felt relaxed, and that contributed to creativity. Many thanks – will sign up for the next one next week!

Kathryn C


Completed a first draft in 25 days! ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
For anyone still unsure as to whether the online writing retreats are worth your time, I say this: I hadn’t written anything significant in months and signed up for one retreat. In those six hours I planned and entire children’s fiction trilogy I’d been mulling over. Then the lockdown happened so I signed up for all the weekend retreats and I completed the first draft of the first book in 25 days! The motivation these retreats provide is an undeniable gift. Thank you Sarah and Jo and all the other retreat hosts, I am eternally grateful. ❤️💛💚💙💜

Matthew Parkes

Online Retreats

These online writers’ retreats are invaluable!
I don’t think I could be motivated to write without them. Most productive Sunday in a long time. I wrote 1300 words! Thanks Writers’ HQ.

Colin G

Online Retreats


Sarah Lewis
Half of Writers’ HQ
Procrastinator Level: Set up WHQ and had a baby to avoid writing her novel

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


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