Darling Axe Academy

Darling Axe creative writing courses – workshops for fiction authors

The enemy of art is the absence of limitations. 
—Orson Welles

Writers often come up with their best material under constraint—whether that's working to a deadline or attempting a new form or style. Writing courses and workshops are an extremely effective tool for sparking creativity as they mix constraints with guidance, feedback, and support.

Darling Axe writing courses replicate the workshop-style curricula of many university MFA programs, but condensed into four weeks.  

  • Weekly workshops for every participant
  • Weekly writing prompts
  • Weekly resource and short-story discussions
  • Small supportive groups for exchanging feedback
  • Individual feedback from an industry professional
  • A user-friendly Moodle site for workshop hosting and forums
  • A tangible goal and final product (e.g. a novel outline)

Upcoming courses

Best-laid plans: a novel outlining workshop
September 30 to October 25

How to outline a novel: a workshop-based writing course

Whether or not you're gearing up for NaNoWriMo, this course will lead you through the steps to drafting a blueprint for your next novel.

Duration: 4 weeks
Workload: 15 hours/week
Cost: $200 USD ($260 CAD)



A sharp hook: starting a novel with teeth
January 6 to 31

A workshop on world building for fiction writers

Team up with other fiction writers to strengthen and polish your manuscript's first 4000 words. All drafts welcome.

Duration: 4 weeks
Workload: 15 hours/week
Cost: $200 USD ($260 CAD)


Learn more – Limited Space


Planet-scape: a worldbuilding workshop

**SOLD OUT – Stay tuned for the next offering**

A workshop on world building for fiction writers

This course is ideal for writers of science fiction, fantasy, and historical fiction who want to add depth to a world or setting, or create a new world from scratch.

Duration: 4 weeks
Workload: 15 hours/week
Cost: $200 USD ($260 CAD)