Courses / Writing A Novel - Bloomsbury House, London

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27 Jan - 30 Jun 2015


Application deadline 13/01/2015

Write your novel, and write it well

The structure and support you need to write the first draft of your novel - plus smart people to talk to

  • Benefit from the structure of regular workshops covering everything from the first conception of an idea through to getting words on a page, narrative structure and style and re-writing.
  • Learn from our experienced Course Directors, as well as guest tutors including top authors from Faber and elsewhere, plus editors, agents and industry professionals.
  • One to ones – personalised attention to your project from your tutor. 
  • Get it done. This is a flexible alternative to a creative writing MA, designed for people who might be considering a career and who are prepared to engage fully in the hard work involved. Apart from the workshops, you will be devoting as much time as possible between classes to writing, and then you will have the chance to present your work to your class of 15 committed novelists and get their feedback.
  • Start your career. There is no better way to get going on the road to publication than to meet the people who make that happen every day. Hear talks from Faber's publishing directors and sales managers, then read to a room of London's top agents once the course is over - unrivalled access to those who know.

Have a look at an anthology, give us a call, or see below to find out more.

There are 15 places available per tutor. The course fees are £4000, payable across a £1000 deposit when you accept the offer of a place, and then five monthly instalments once you begin.

Useful resources – 1) a guide to applying; 2) Richard Skinner on how the course works; 3) our YouTube Channel.

What happens on the Agents Reading day? Watch:

Richard Skinner

Tutor - Richard Skinner

Richard Skinner is a novelist and Director of the Fiction Programme at the Faber Academy.
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Maggie Gee

Tutor - Maggie Gee

Maggie Gee is an acclaimed novelist and teacher of creative writing.
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Writing A Novel with Richard Skinner, Maggie Gee

Tuesday evenings
with Richard Skinner
and Maggie Gee

January to June 2015

How to apply

NB—Early bird applications! Apply before 5pm on 13/12/2014 and receive 10% discount off your course fees if your application is successful! For more details, call Ian on 0207 927 3827.

To apply, all you have to do is click in the pink box at the top-right of this page. You will be asked to create an account, and then to upload a Word document comprising a cover letter briefly stating your writing experience and why you wish to attend the course, as well as a 1000 word sample of your prose.

We accept late applications until the start of the course but please note, applications received before the 13th January 2015 will be given priority in the allocation of course places. For more information, email or call 0207 927 3868.

Course Schedule

The course consists of 22 two-hour evening sessions and 6 full-day sessions. All evening sessions will take place on Tuesdays from 7pm-9pm. Full-day sessions will take place on Saturdays from 10am-5pm. There will be one-to-ones in the morning of Saturday sessions (session 16 and 21).

Please note: There is an Easter break between sessions 14 and 15.

Session 1—27/01/2015—Introductory Session

2—03/02/2015—Creating Ideas/Planning


4—Saturday, 14/02/2015—Kidnap A Character

5—17/02/2015—Point of view


7—Saturday, 28/02/2015—Workshops and Guest


9—10/03/2015—Story vs plot


11—Saturday, 21/03/2015—Workshops and Guest

12—24/03/2015—Role of the narrator

13—31/03/2015—Conclusion of phase 1

—Easter break—

14—14/04/2015—Faber Editor: The publishing experience

15—21/04/2015—The passage of time


17—05/05/2015—Guest tutor

18—Saturday, 09/05/2015—One to ones & workshops


20—19/05/2015Research and exposition

21—26/05/2015Consumer Marketing Director

22—Saturday, 30/05/2015—One to ones & workshops

23—02/06/2015—Guest tutor, Deborah Levy

24—09/06/2015—Life writing


26—Saturday, 20/06/2015—Selling your novel; synopses & pitches

27—23/06/2015—Agent Q&A

28—30/06/2015—Round-up sessions, next steps

Anthology Reading Day—23/09/2014—An unrivalled opportunity to present your work in front of up to 50 London literary agents – and a couple of editors, too!


The subject matter of course sessions is subject to change due to the level of experience and interests of the group and availability of guest speakers. The content of the programme is determined at the discretion of the Course Directors and the Faber Academy.

Although Faber Academy is run by Faber and Faber publishers, admission to the course does not guarantee publication by them or any other publisher.


After the initial deposit of £1000, the course fees are payable in 5 monthly instalments of £600, due on the first of the month, starting February 1st. You will receive an email alert that a payment is about to come due – then all you have to do is sign in, or give us a call on 0207 927 3868 to make payment.

Where is this course?


Come to one of the world's great literary cities and study creative writing at Faber Academy's home in historic Bloomsbury. Our London courses take place at Faber and Faber's offices, which have played host to some of the great writers of our times and provide an inspiring space in which to learn.

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