Writing A Novel: The First 15,000

Advanced | Fiction
Wherever you are, whenever suits you, start your novel the right way with six months of structured learning and constructive feedback on your first 15,000 words
28 WEEKS – Spend time on your novel, and get it done

TWO-WEEK SESSIONS – Fit your writing around your other commitments

SMALL GROUP – Get to know your fellow writers and their novels

VIRTUAL CLASSROOM – A private space designed specifically for teaching and learning writing skills

ONE-TO-ONE FEEDBACK – Detailed personal critiques from our tutors, on Skype or over the phone

REGULAR, FREQUENT PEER REVIEW – Honest responses from people you trust on your work-in-progress

FOCUS ON YOUR NOVEL – No academic essays, no stylistic exercises, just your book

APPLICATION PROCESS – To make sure you get the highest quality peer group

24-HOUR TECH SUPPORT – So you never need to worry that you can't log in

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(Please note that this schedule is a guide only, and subject to change.)

Session 1 - Introducing

Meet your fellow writers and discover their reading and writing habits

Session 2 - Thinking About Ideas

What's the story behind your story?

Session 3 - Honing Your Ideas

Taking your idea from premise to pitch, ready to start writing

Session 4 - Perfecting Your Protagonist

Creating characters that grip the reader

Session 5 - Point Of View Overview

Are you telling the story from right viewpoint?

Session 6 - Nailing Your Narrative

Structural problems and how to overcome them

Session 7 - The Role of the Reader

Drawing your readers into the world of your novel – and keeping them there

Session 8 - Researching Techniques

How important is research to your writing? Interviewing to improve your novel

Session 9 - The Writing Process

How do different writers write? Tips to improve your own practice

Session 10 - Dialogue

Writing better speech and using it to move your story forwards

Session 11 - The Publishing Process

An insight into the industry, and the dos and don'ts of submitting your manuscript

Session 12 - Rewriting and Revising

How editing your book can be as important as the writing (and as creative)

Writing time (4 weeks)

Private time to revise your novel so far and/or add up to 5,000 extra words in preparation for submission to the tutor for final feedback. The forums are open for discussion and peer support

Feedback throughout the course includes one-to-one tutor discussions, Skype tutorials, peer feedback, web chats, and written or podcast notes – formulated to give you just the guidance you need to craft the best possible start to your novel

At the end of the course you will receive a detailed one-to-one written feedback report from your tutor, considering your story ideas, writing, research, suitability for market and suggested steps to completion. You will have the option to continue working with your peer group in an Alumni classroom (for an extra fee)


PLUS! You will have the chance to ask a literary agent questions in a live chat



Applying is easy: simply click on the button at the bottom of this page to start. You will need to create an account with us, then upload three documents:

  • An example of your fictional prose writing (approximately 1,000 words). This does not have to be from your proposed novel.
  • A brief outline of your novel idea (250-750 words) – include details about character, setting and events, and a working title if you have one.
  • What novel would you recommend to another writer, and why (approximately 200 words)?

You can also include a cover note, detailing your writing experience, whether you have done any sort of writing course before, and what you hope to gain from the course. If you don't want to apply online, attach the documents to an email and send to academy@faber.co.uk.



Do I have to be anywhere at a particular time?

No. When a session opens, that just means that you now have access to the new content, exercises and feedback for that session. You can absorb and respond to that whenever's best for you within the fortnight. For the Skype feedback session, you will arrange a mutually convenient time with your tutor.

Can I pay in instalments?

Absolutely – if you are offered a place, you will be asked to pay a deposit of £400; then there are two monthly instalments of £500 once the course begins.

Can I defer my offer?

Yes. If you're offered a place, you can defer it to a future course; they run every three months or so.

Is this course right for me?

Maybe, but that's a tricky one. Contact us to find out more.

26th September 2018 - 17th April 2019

Availability: In stock

12 Places

Applications for this course are no longer possible. Please contact us for further information.


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