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Writing A Novel Bloomsbury House, London

Writing A Novel

Writing A Novel

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.
  • 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.

Writing A Novel with Richard Skinner, Joanna Briscoe

October 2014 to March 2015

Wednesday evenings with Richard Skinner and Joanna Briscoe

How to apply

To apply, all you have to do is click in the pink box at the top-right of this page. You will be asked 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. Any application received before the 8th September 2014 will be given priority in the allocation of course places. For more information, email or call 0207 927 3868.

**EARLY BIRD APPLICATIONS—Apply before 11th August to receive a 10% discount off fees if you are successful! That's £400 off!**

Course Schedule

The course consists of 22 two-hour evening sessions and 6 full-day sessions. All evening sessions will take place on Thursdays from 7pm-9pm. Full-day sessions will take place on Saturdays from 10am-5pm.

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

Session 1—1 October Introductory Session

Session 2—8 October Creating Ideas/Planning

Session 3—15 October Character

Session 4Saturday 18 October 10am-5pm 'Kidnap a character'

Session 5—22 October Point of View

Session 6—29 October Guest tutor

Session 7—5 November Voice

Session 8—12 November Dialogue

Session 9—Saturday 15 November 10am-5pm Workshops and guest tutor

Session 10—19 November Story vs Plot

Session 11—26 November Conflict

Session 12—3 December The role of the narrator

Session 13—10 December Conclusion of Phase 1

Session 14—Saturday 13 December 10am-5pm Workshops and guest tutor

Christmas Break—

Session 15—7 January Faber Editorial Director: The publishing experience 

Session 16—Saturday 10 January 10am-5pm Workshops and guest tutor

Session 17—14 January The Passage of Time

Session 18—21 January Pace

Session 19—28 January Faber Sales and Marketing Director: The changing face of book retail

Session 20—4 February Setting

Session 21—Saturday 7 February Workshops and guest tutor

Session 22—11 February Research and Exposition

Session 23—18 February Guest tutor

Session 24—25 February Life writing

Session 25—4 March Editing

Session 26—Saturday 8 March 10am-5pm Selling your novel; synopses, pitches

Session 27—11 March Agent Q&A

Session 28—18 March Round-up sessions, next steps


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 November 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.

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Application deadline 08/09/2014
Richard Skinner
Richard Skinner

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

Joanna Briscoe
Joanna Briscoe

Joanna Briscoe is an award-winning novelist and teacher of creative writing.


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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