Work-In-Progress | Online

Advanced | Fiction
You are in the thick of the first draft of your novel, but it’s difficult to find the focus and drive to move forward. You need a supportive group of fellow writers to push you on, and a great tutor to make sure you’re on track. Work-In-Progress is for you.
This intensive online writing course combines the discipline of strict deadlines with a supportive group of fellow novelists and a nurturing tutor who knows how to crack the whip when necessary. It’s ideal for writers with at least 15,000 words of a novel who want to get to the end, or who have a first draft that needs the right environment to become a second. But it's not for the faint-hearted! How it works: • Deliver your work to an online forum by a set date each month for focused discussion by your peers • Critique the work of your writing partners each month and receive peer reviews of your own writing • Join a live monthly webinar with your tutor • Receive detailed tutor feedback on your work at least five times a year • Benefit from your tutor’s close analysis of other participants’s writing • Enjoy a special focus each month: structure, genre, characters, point of view, dialogue, setting, multiple storylines, story-worlds, etc • Dedicated private forums and chatrooms to discuss your work in confidence 24/7, all downloadable so you never lose a word After an introductory first session, your monthly sessions will look something like this: Day 1: Session opens; Tom introduces focus of the month and recommended reading, chatroom and discussion forum; Days 2–15: Hard at work on your work-in-progress, 24/7 discussion and feedback on the forums; Day 16: Deadline for posting new work to new work forum; Days 16–22:Writers read and critique their peers on new work forum; Days 23–26: Tom posts up a close read of 3 people’s work (up to 2,000 words of each) in terms of this month’s focus. Posts to a tutor analysis forum. Group posts responses there. Day 27: Live webinar with Tom, and Tom introduces next month’s focus. Please note: This course is initially open only to Faber Academy alumni. That does not mean you cannot apply if you’re not an alumnus, but first priority will be given to alumni. To apply, simply send us a single document containing the following: 1—A covering letter, detailing your writing experience, what creative writing courses you have been on, and what you are looking to get from the course; 2—A synopsis of your novel; 3—The first 5,000 words of your work-in-progress. – Payment will be due in instalments – a deposit of £200 before the course begins, then ten monthly payments of £100, taken automatically from your account on the 2nd of the month, starting in month two of your course. Note: your bank details are encrypted and stored by SagePay; Faber Academy never sees them. Normal Faber Academy alumni discounts do not apply to this course.
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SESSION 1 Monday 1 April (session lasts 5 weeks to include an Easter break)

SESSION 2 Opens Monday 6 May

SESSION 3 Opens Monday 3 June

SESSION 4 Opens Monday 1 July

SESSION 5 Opens Monday 29 July (session lasts 6 weeks to include a summer break)

SESSION 6 Opens Monday 9 September

SESSION 7 Opens Monday 7 October

SESSION 8 Opens Monday 4 November

SESSION 9 Opens Monday 2 December (lasts 6 weeks to include a Christmas break)

SESSION 10 Opens Monday 13 January 2020

SESSION 11 Opens Monday 10 February

SESSION 12 Opens Monday 9 March

Course ends Monday 6 April 2020

Alumni area opens Tuesday 7 April 2020

1st April 2019 - 6th April 2020

Availability: In stock

20 Places

This course is selective, so you'll need to make an application before you can join. Please click 'Apply Now' to continue.

All registrations must be made by
18th March 2019


Tom Bromley is an author, editor and ghostwriter. He has written eight books under his own name, both fiction and non-fiction, ghosted a furth...


Paul Kingsnorth’s debut novel The Wake won the 2014 Gordon Burn Prize, was longlisted for the MAN Booker Prize, the Folio Prize and the Desmond Elli...

"There's no point staring at a blank page waiting for inspiration to strike - to get your creative muscles working you need to start writing, reviewing and sharing your work."

Helen Shipman