Applying for Writing a Novel? Six things to think about…

Six things to think about when applying for a creative writing course

If you’re applying for Writing A Novel in London, you need to put together 1000 words of prose fiction and a cover letter. But it’s not necessarily as easy as it sounds. Here are some tips on what you should be thinking about.

Voice

The tutors are looking for a certain amount of confidence in the voice – that can be in any genre, but it’s the proficiency that they’re looking for.

Content

The passage need not be a full story, nor an extract from the book you hope to write on the course – just 1000 words of prose fiction that represent you best as a writer.

What kind of writer are you?

Your cover letter should detail your relationship with writing – do you write often? Next to never? Have you done courses in the past?

What kind of writer do you want to be?

You should also tell us what you hope to get out of the course – do you want to complete a draft? Meet new writers? Just get going to start with?

Anything else?

Include anything else that you think might be of interest to give the tutors a sense of how you will fit into their group.

And finally… What’s it for?

The application process is just about finding the right group for you – group dynamic is such an important part of the course that we have to make sure that everyone fits together properly. It’s not about streaming, or picking the ‘best 15 pieces’. What would that even mean anyway?

And remember you can always call us on 0207 927 3827 or email academy@faber.co.uk if you need to.

What can I expect from my online writing course tutor?

A typical online writing course workstation

Your tutor is a vital element of your online writing course experience – but what will they be doing for you?

During your online course your tutors will work within the virtual classroom to:
  • Read your posts and monitor your progress via the forums most days.
  • Answer all queries about assignments posted to the forums within 24 hours.
  • Monitor the quality of peer-to-peer critiquing to ensure you all receive effective and useful feedback in each session.
  • Sum up every session’s discussions with a final post to each topic forum addressing general issues raised during the fortnight and your responses to assignments.
  • Offer you a one-to-one Skype or phone tutorial in Session 2 to discus your novel idea.
  • Provide around 10 minutes (about 1,500 words) of individual audio feedback on the opening of your novel and your developing voice in session 4.
  • Give individual written feedback on your research interests and questions on the publishing industry in Sessions 9 and 12.
  • Host at least five live web-chats at key points during the course. These are archived so that you can read online or download to read offline.
  • Answer specific queries about assignments by email.
  • Write a detailed final report of up to 2,000 words on your final submission.