Writing A Novel (daytime)

Advanced | Fiction
A comprehensive six-month writing course for the serious writer, with access to some of the biggest names in publishing. If you're thinking about a creative writing MA, consider this practical alternative.

The application deadline for this course is 31 December 2019.

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

The application deadline was
1st January 2020

Looking for the evening version of the course? Click here


The structure and support you need to write the first draft of your novel – plus a whole lot of 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, editors, agents and industry professionals – and, of course, the 14 other dedicated writers in your class

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 fifteen 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 the likes of Faber CEO Stephen Page and Faber commissioning editors, then put your work in front of London's top literary agents once the course is over in the much-anticipated anthology

Get in touch, or see below to find out more.

'It was hard work. But I not only completed my novel, I also learned how to navigate the choppy waters of the publishing world. I will be forever grateful for the experience.'

SJ Watson, author of Before I Go To Sleep

Applying for Writing A Novel

Places on this course are limited and keenly contested, so you'll need to apply. Luckily, it's very easy.

Reading your application, tutors are looking to get a sense of you as a writer and as a member of the group. That's why there are two parts to your application: a prose sample and a cover letter. Your prose sample should be 1000 words (maximum), and should be representative of your voice: if you're planning on writing first-person comic sci-fi on the course, don't send your omnisciently narrated historical mystery! Your sample does not have to be a complete story, and it does not have to be from the novel you want to write on the course – just representative, so the tutors can get a good idea of what you'll be working on. The cover letter, well, we keep that quite vague – tell us what you want to get out of the course, what sort of writing experience you've had, why you've chosen us, why you've decided to do it now.

There's more information here.

Once you've got those documents ready, click 'Apply Now' above. You'll need to create an account, and then you'll be asked to upload your documents. You can edit and alter your application right up until the moment we pass them on to the tutors by logging into your account.

If the application deadline has passed and you've only just found out about the course, don't worry. You can still send through your documents by emailing academy@faber.co.uk. There's always a chance that people will drop out at the last minute. What's more, the next iteration of the course is never far away.

For more information, message us or call 0207 927 3827.

28th January 2020 - 23rd June 2020

Availability: In stock

24 Places

This course consists of 21 three-hour daytime sessions from 10.30am–1.30pm and six two-hour guest or one-to-one sessions from 2.30pm–4.30pm. All sessions take place on Tuesdays

Please note: There is an Easter break between sessions 11 and 12.

Session 1 (28th January): Introductory session — Creating Ideas & Planning

Session 2: Character, Part One

Session 3: Character, Part Two

Session 4: Dialogue

Session 5: Setting

Session 6: Narrative Structure
There will be a guest tutor from 2.30–4.30pm

Session 7: Point Of View

Session 8: Voice
There will be individual one-to-one feedback from 2.30–4.30pm

Session 9: The Passage of Time
There will be individual one-to-one feedback from 2.30–4.30pm

Session 10: Openings
There will be a talk from a Guest Faber editor from 2.30–4.30pm

Session 11: The Role of the Narrator

—Easter Break—

Session 12 (21st April): Endings

Session 13: Sustaining momentum
There will be a Guest tutor from 2.30–4.30pm

Session 14: Revising and editing

Session 15: Research and exposition
There will be a talk from a Faber Consumer Marketing Director from 2.30–4.30pm

Session 16: Naming characters and finding titles

Session 17: An outline of writing genres
There will be a guest tutor from 2.30–4.30pm

Session 18: Life writing
There will be individual one-to-one feedback from 2.30–4.30pm

Session 19: Preparing your manuscript and writing cover letters
There will be a talk from a guest editor and agent from 2.30–4.30pm

Session 20: Synopses and pitches
There will be individual one-to-one feedback from 2.30–4.30pm

Session 21: Conclusion & next steps

The subject matter of sessions as listed above is a guide only. The exact course content will be finalised according to the experience and interests of the group. The detail of the course content is at the discretion of the Course Director and the Faber Academy.

Faber Academy scholarship

The Faber Academy scholarship affords two writers a year the opportunity to join Writing A Novel for free. The aim of the scholarship is to surface the voices of low-income people, voices that might otherwise go unheard. For more information about the Faber Academy scholarship and how to apply, CLICK HERE.

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