Writing A Novel (Evening)

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 midnight on Sunday 16 August 2020.

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

The application deadline is
17th August 2020

Looking for the daytime 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.

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

7th October 2020 - 17th March 2021

Availability: In stock

60 Places

This course consists of twenty-two two-hour evening sessions and six full-day sessions. All evening sessions will take place on Wednesdays from 7pm–9pm. Full-day sessions will take place on Saturdays from 10am–5pm. There will be one-to-ones in the morning of Saturday sessions (sessions 18 and 23).

Please note: There is a Christmas break between sessions 14 and 15.


Session 1—Wednesday 7 October: Introductory Session

Session 2—14 October: Creating Ideas/Planning

Session 3—Saturday 17 October 10am-5pm: 'Capture a character'

Session 4—21 October: Character

Session 5—28 October: Point of View

Session 6—4 November: Guest Tutor

Session 7—11 November: Voice

Session 8—Saturday 14 November 10am–1pm: Workshops. 2pm–4pm Guest Tutor. 4pm–5pm Debrief

Session 9—18 November: Dialogue

Session 10—25 November: Story vs Plot

Session 11—2 December: Conflict

Session 12—9 December: The role of the narrator

Session 13—Saturday 12 December 10am-5pm: Workshops and Guest tutor

Session 14—16 December: Conclusion of Phase one

—Christmas Break—

Session 15—6 January: Guest tutor

Session 16—13 January: The Passage of Time

Session 17—20 January: Pace

Session 18—Saturday 23 January: One to ones in the morning, workshops in the afternoon

Session 19—27 January: Guest tutor: Faber & Faber CEO, Stephen Page

Session 20—3 February: Setting

Session 21—10 February: Guest tutor

Session 22—17 February: Research and Exposition

Session 23—Saturday 20 February: One to ones in the morning, workshops in the afternoon

Session 24—24 February: Life writing

Session 25—3 March: Editing

Session 26—Saturday 6 March 10am-5pm: Selling your novel; synopses, pitches

Session 27—10 March: Guest tutor

Session 28—17 March: Round-up sessions, next steps

PLUS! The Faber Academy anthology launch party in September 2020 at the fabulous Artworkers' Guild! Join top London literary agents and editors, and toast your fellow students as you launch your work into the world. Meet and greet, or just celebrate the end of this stage of your writing journey.

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, please email academy@faber.co.uk with the subject line "Faber Academy Scholarship 2020".

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'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.'
  • S. J. Watson, author of Before I Go to Sleep



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