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In Association with Goldsboro Books & D H H Literary Agency

Let’s write together

The Goldsboro Writing Academy offers insider publishing knowledge and inspiring tutors to give you the tools and confidence – not only to write and sell your book, but to plan a career. Our courses are in-person, in-depth, and in Brighton. We meet in one of the most beautiful bookshops in the South East, Goldsboro Books in central Brighton.

New for 2024. First Blood. Write your debut crime novel.

Why choose the Goldsboro Writing Academy

Writing can be a passion, or a therapy session, a best friend, a lifeline, a coffee when you’re desperate for one – it can be a joy. But it’s also hard work to write a book. It can feel like a lonely long-haul trip without a map. That’s why we’re here.

At the Goldsboro Writing Academy we are building writing communities, giving you colleagues who can support your ideas, hopes and dreams while sharing the burden of any struggles and disappointments. Our inspiring tutors can give you support, insight and the tools you need to develop the confidence to take your book from first idea to final draft.

But writing your book is only a part of the journey. If you want your beautifully crafted stories to make it out into the world, you need to learn to ally your inner writer with some level-headed business sense. You need to understand how the publishing industry works – which means how books are sold, how agents select their authors, how writers are marketed and how their brands are created.

Our aim is to take you from writer to author - focussing on the writing craft, but also helping you plan your career, with advice from publishing professionals, booksellers and the full resources of the D H H Literary Agency.

David says:

“I am excited about the Goldsboro Writing Academy where you will receive expert teaching from acclaimed writers and top literary agents. We will help nurture your talent and help you reach your goals.”

What does ‘In association with Goldsboro Books and the D H H Literary Agency’ mean?

David Headley is the founder and Managing Director of both Goldsboro Books and the D H H Literary Agency, which is one of the UK’s most vibrant agencies with many award-winning authors. Their agents will be giving advice and sharing their experience with our students through the course, and at the end the beginners/intermediate writers will be able to pitch to agents and get one-to-one feedback. The advanced class will get to submit their novels to David and his team to get advice and detailed feedback.

For more information of the agency go to:

First Blood. Write your debut crime novel.

In-Person. Goldsboro Books. 22b Ship Street. Brighton, BN1.

Crime is the biggest selling, most widely published genre in the UK, offering the most diverse opportunity for any debut writer to be published. It’s also the most crowded marketplace, and it can be hard to stand out from the crowd. That’s why we’re here.
Writers on this intensive course will develop their ideas and their writing craft, hand-in-hand with an understanding of the market and industry trends today. Throughout the course, you’ll learn to stress-test your ideas by pitching them to writers and industry professionals.

The Course:
Eight evening sessions (Monday evenings 18:30–21:30) in person.
Two hour-long, one-to-one sessions with course director P. D. Viner. The first will be scheduled before Monday April 15th to build a personal plan, based upon your experience, and where you are in your writing process.
Monday evening sessions will include:

  • Crime writing and its subgenres—developing an understanding of the marketplace and where you want to position your novel — with GWA founder P. D. Viner.
  • How to develop the hook of your novel, giving it a story structure and a plot that thrills and excites — with top thriller writer Simon Toyne.
  • Character development and relationship-building, for creating suspense and incredible twists and turns — with bestselling psych thriller writer Araminta Hall.
  • Insight into police procedures and how law enforcement works. Ideas and strategies for developing contemporary crime stories with real-world characters and issue-led storylines — with retired Chief Superintendent and best-seller Graham Bartlett.
  • Creating multi-level story-worlds with recurring characters and ensemble casts. From TV writing to gangland thrillers and edgy police procedurals — with hybrid author Susan Wilkins.
  • Understanding the agent-author relationship. Considering the wider rights possibilities of your novel (TV, Film, Games etc). How to pitch your idea (and get immediate feedback) — with top agent, and founder of the Capital Crime festival, David Headley.

Only 10 places are available. For more information, email:


All abilities welcome

Monday 15 April – Monday 3 June 2024


£399 (£349 early bird by March 15 2024)


Course 1: You Want To Be A Writer - Beginner / Intermediate

In-Person. Goldsboro Books. 22b Ship Street. Brighton, BN1.

Do you think seriously about wanting to be an author, to build a writing career? With our expert help you’ll start writing your book, finding that incredible idea, hooking the reader, developing the plot. Alongside your writing, we will explore how the publishing industry works and how books sell, so you have an understanding of the business and how to make it work for you.

  • Three ten-week terms
    Term 1: the foundations
    Term 2: the craft
    Term 3: finishing your book and the stages to publication
  • Inspiring tutors share their insight, wisdom and experience of a life in writing and publishing
  • Industry professionals talking about all aspects of publishing
  • D H H Literary Agency offer invaluable help and advice throughout the course
  • Pitch night panels – pitch to panels of writers to get feedback and strengthen your ideas
  • Core skill Nights on writing craft essentials
  • Just write Nights to establish your writing regime
  • My writing life Nights where well-established writers talk about the highs and lows of their careers
  • Pitch to a top-class agent at the end of the course youll get to pitch your idea to an agent from D H H Literary Agency and get invaluable feedback


Beginner / Intermediate

Term 1
9 October – 12 December 2023
Term 2
8 January – 18 March 2024
Term 3
15 April – 17 June 2024


£1,350 (payment plan available)

Course 2: Write A Book With Us - Advanced

In-Person. Goldsboro Books. 22b Ship Street. Brighton, BN1.

This course is designed for writers who are stuck, maybe you’ve taken a number of writing courses and not been able to get your novel finished, or you’ve submitted to agent after agent, or publisher after publisher and had no success. If that’s you, then this is your nine-month, 30-session journey to change that story. Working from first principles – with a mentor, industry professionals, agents from the D H H Literary Agency and successful writers – we hone the skills to finish, pitch, submit and get published.

  • Each participant is matched to a writer/mentor to plan and perfect your novel
  • Deep planning seminars to open the first term
  • Just write nights are pure writing time
  • Incredible professional writers available week-by-week for one-to-one chats, advice and support
  • Pitch nights where you test the strength of your ideas and get feedback from your peers and writing professionals
  • Core skill nights on writing craft essentials
  • My writing life nights where well-established writers talk about the highs and lows of their careers
  • Exploration of the publishing landscape looking at traditional, digital first, hybrid and self-publishing
  • Submission boot camps with core skill presentations on writing synopsis, pitches and cover letters
  • Submit to a top-class agent at the end of the course, youll submit to an agent from D H H Literary Agency, and get one-to-one feedback



Term 1
11 October – 14 December 2023
Term 2
10 January – 20 March 2024
Term 3
17 April – 19 June 2024


£1,350 (payment plan available)

Let’s write together.

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