Work-In-Progress | Online

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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.

The application deadline for this iteration of the course is midnight on 19 January.

This course is selective, so you`ll need to apply. For more information, click here.

The application deadline is
20th January 2020

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 the new work forum

Days 16–22:Writers read and critique their peers on the new work forum

Days 23–26: Tom posts a close read of three people’s work (up to 2,000 words of each) in terms of this month’s focus. They appear on a tutor analysis forum and the 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.

27th January 2020 - 1st February 2021

Availability: In stock

6 Places

SESSION 1 Monday 27 January

SESSION 2 Opens Monday 24 February

SESSION 3 Opens Monday 23 March (lasts five weeks to include an Easter break)

SESSION 4 Opens Monday 27 April

SESSION 5 Opens Monday 25 May

SESSION 6 Opens Monday 22 June

SESSION 7 Opens Monday 20 July (lasts seven weeks to include a summer break)

SESSION 8 Opens Monday 7 September

SESSION 9 Opens Monday 5 October

SESSION 10 Opens Monday 2 November

SESSION 11 Opens Monday 30 November (lasts five weeks to include a Christmas break)

SESSION 12 Opens Monday 4 January

Course ends Monday 1 February 2021

Alumni area opens Tuesday 2 February 2021

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