About Us

Faber Academy exists to support
writers and their writing

By providing writing courses of the highest quality, with the best students and the best tutors – award-winning, working writers hand-picked from Faber and beyond – we can offer the best possible route towards the potential masterpiece in everyone.

Our focus is on creating the perfect environment for that to happen – warm and open, rigorous and supportive – for writers to find their story, their poem or their play, and to write it with confidence. That means Faber-standard author care for everyone, tutors and students alike.

As one of the great publishers, there is no one better placed to understand what a writer needs.

We know that what writers want to do is to write. They want support and they want structure, but all to one end: to write more, and write better.

That's why, on a Faber Academy writing course, you will always be focused on your own work. Because you have your own voice and your own stories, your own aims and experiences.

And it works. We know that writers who make the leap and join a course get just what they need. Blockbuster successes, great feedback and lasting friendships attest to the life-changing experiences Faber Academy writers can expect.

From the success stories of our alumni, to the personal commendations of our tutors and courses, Faber Academy is continuing the great tradition of Faber & Faber – by bringing more great writing into the world. We look forward to your contribution.

Joey Connolly

Joey joined Faber Academy as the Academy Assistant in 2014, and since then has held every role the department has to offer. In addition, he’s been a student and a teacher of creative writing, as well as a critic and a prize-winning author. He founded a literary journal, Kaffeeklatsch, and was Manager of the Poetry Book Fair for several years. He likes to read poetry and literary fiction.

Nicci Cloke

Nicci has recently returned to Faber Academy as Communications Executive after spending a couple of years focusing on her own writing. She is the author of seven novels, both as herself and as Phoebe Locke. She has written literary fiction, YA and psychological thrillers, and likes to read all of those plus pretty much everything else.

Jade-Louisa Pepper

Jade-Louisa first joined Faber Academy in 2017 and now works as the Academy Coordinator. She also runs the Faber Creative Spaces program and hosts the #QUICKFIC Flash Fiction competition. She’s a voracious reader of crime (both fiction and non-fiction!) and young adult fiction.

Arabella Watkiss

Arabella joined Faber Academy as Academy Assistant in 2019, after finishing a Creative Writing MA at the University of Manchester. She's the first point of contact for our students, assists with our Poetry Manuscript Assessment service and contributes to Academy's social media. She enjoys reading all sorts but particularly contemporary poetry and literary fiction.

How to get here

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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