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The HarperCollins Author and Design Academy trains and supports writers and designers from underrepresented ethnic backgrounds, with the aim of helping them to become commercially successful in the publishing environment. The six-week programme, in which we equip enrolled students with the tools to succeed in the publishing industry is free to attend. Our aim is to help motivated and dedicated students to participate in, and navigate, the publishing industry.

The Academy trains and supports writers and designers from underrepresented ethnic backgrounds, with the aim of helping them to become commercially successful in the publishing environment. 

The Academy provides a warm and supportive environment for eligible students. It assures that once students have completed our courses, they will take part in the publishing industry.

The Academy Alumni network exists to ensure students can continue their learning and connection to the publishing industry.

The Academy courses will run twice a year, and were launched in January 2021.

June Sarpong

The Academy has lined up some amazing guest speakers for the each of the courses; Writing Fiction, Writing Nonfiction and Writing for Children. Our new design courses launch autumn 2022.

The Academy delivers high-quality instruction in creative writing, covering adult fiction, nonfiction, and children’s writing delivered by industry professionals. September 2022 will see the launch of the design strand which will provide a solid understanding of design for commercial publishing.