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Now in its eleventh year, Apprenticeships in Fiction has a firmly established reputation for turning out professional novelists. A limited number of annual one-year placements are available in every genre including literary fiction, crime and children’s fiction (ages 11-16). The original boot camp for writers – the scheme has an unprecedented success rate with over eight publications and many writers now working with literary agents.



The Skull in the Wood by Sandra Greaves, winner of the 2012 SCBWI Undiscovered Voices Award and shortlisted for the Waterstones Childrens Book Award 2014.

Heartfelt congratulations to Clare Hawkins on the publication of her debut novel Lament for a Siege Town (Red Lion Books 2015), Sandra Greaves whose debut novel for children, The Skull in the Wood was published by Chicken House in 2013, and to Sheila Bugler who recently signed a two book deal with Brandon, the leading Irish imprint with a great reputation for crime. Other major successes include Alison Gangel with her memoir The Sun Hasn’t Fallen From the Sky (Bloomsbury 2011), Mandy Sutter with her debut novel Stretching It (Indigo Dreams 2013), Ruth Dugdall, whose second novel The Sacrificial Man is published by Legend Press, Jo Reed who follows up her debut novel The Tyranny of the Blood with a second in her Blood Dancer trilogy (Wild Wolf Press 2011), and Andrew Theophilou who was published in Inside Out by Legend Press in 2007.


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A one-year professional development programme
The Sun Hasn't Fallen From the Sky

Hunting Shadows
Sheila Bugler

The Sun Hasn't Fallen From the Sky

The Skull in the Wood
Sandra Greaves

The Sun Hasn't Fallen From the Sky  

Words with Jam

Click here to read Sheila Bugler on On Being An Apprentice

Legend Press

Click here to read a comprehensive review of the scheme by former apprentice, Andrew Theophilou.


Click here to read the recent WriteWords interview where Marion Urch, director of Adventures in Fiction discusses the scheme.

Guardian Unlimited logo

Click here to read the recent Guardian Unlimited blog – Polish up your prose with the help of a pro.