The Dark Angels programme is a series of residential writing courses tutored by John Simmons, Stuart Delves and Jamie Jauncey at different locations throughout the UK and Europe.  Started in 2004, at Totleigh Barton in Devon, these highly successful courses look at how to use words more engagingly and imaginatively within the business environment.

Highgreen Manor
Highgreen Manor
Finca El Tornero de Abajo
Finca el Tornero
Moniack Mhor
Moniack Mhor
Strawberry Hill House
Strawberry Hill House

Intensive Foundation Course:
Highgreen Manor, Northumberland
6 – 9 April 2016

Loughcrew House, Co Meath
19 – 22 October 2016

Places available on both

Full Foundation Course:
Moniack Mhor, Inverness-shire
31 October – 5 November 2016

Places available

Advanced Courses:
Finca el Tornero de Abajo, Andalucia, Spain
22 – 27 May and 15 – 20 September 2016

Places available

NEW!! Taster Days:
Strawberry Hill House, London
10 March (fully booked), 19 May, 23 September and 18 November 2016

Tweeddale Court, Edinburgh
18 March (fully booked) and 14 April 2016

See Foundation Courses for details.

Who is Dark Angels for?

Dark Angels is for anyone whose job involves writing. Communications, brand management, corporate affairs, marketing, general management, and many areas of management and creative consultancy – these are all typical areas of work for Dark Angels students. Others are freelance business writers.

Dark Angels students have come from organisations including: Arts Council of Wales, Bang & Olufsen, Barclays, The BBC, BP, British Airways, Carlsberg Breweries, Clore Leadership Programme, Corporate Culture, Elmwood, The Environment Council, Granada Media, Innocent, Interbrand, Lever Faberge, Mazars, National Library of Wales, O2, Penguin Books, QI, Royal Society of Arts, Scottish Arts Council, Sotheby's Europe, Swiss Reinsurance, Three.

We also run bespoke Dark Angels courses for companies and organisations.


Book cover: Room 121

A novel by the Dark Angels Collective

The world's first-ever 15-author collective novel, it's a cracking good read and you can order it here!

Listen to the BBC World Service interview here (26.40 mins in).

"A great road movie in prose."

Our 10th birthday party

Table and booklet

In April 2014 we celebrated our 10th anniversary with a dinner at the Goldsmith's Centre in London, attended by 70 former Dark Angels students. The guest speaker was Peter Day of Radio 4's In Business programme and a very jolly time was had by all.

Stuart and Jamie

In a surprise presentation at the end of the evening, John, Stuart and Jamie each received a copy of The Angel's Share, a specially designed, leather-bound book of writing and photos from all the courses. Glasses were raised, witticisms exchanged and tears shed.

A little Dark Angels wisdom!

Book cover: Room 121

Room 121 takes the form of a dialogue between John and Jamie (with a foreword by Stuart) – a real masterclass in business writing and communication.

Click here to order..

"Every member of the Scottish civil service should be given a copy."

– Sunday Herald

Press coverage

BBC Radio Scotland: Business Scotland
BBC Radio 4: In Business
Financial Times
Scotland on Sunday
Sunday Herald

Recent blogs

The Secret Archaeologist
Tales From A Small Island
Neil's Notebook
The Penguin Blog
Writers' & Artists' Blog


John and Jamie give a workshop at the Sigtuna Literature Festival, Sweden

Alberto German, Sculptor, filmed by members of the 2012 Advanced Course, Aracena

A Dark Angels pechakucha


26 Fruits
A Few Kind Words
Dark Angels on Twitter


"Teaches storytelling techniques as well as how to translate unintelligible management speak into plain English"
– Financial Times
"The course is 'hard-wired' into a real business benefit"
– Scotland on Sunday
"While the atmosphere is relaxed, the writing exercises are the mental equivalent of tightrope walking"
– Sunday Herald

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