The Faber Academy Scholarship

Apply now for the Faber Academy scholarship

Note: please ensure you have read all the Faber Academy Scholarship terms and conditions before making your application. If you have any queries, get in touch.

Next Faber Academy Scholarship deadline: 23:59.59 on 18th December, 2018 for January 2019 iterations.

The Faber Academy Scholarship is simple: two writers per year – one in October, one in January – are given the opportunity to attend our flagship London course, Writing A Novel, without paying fees.

The scholarship will be awarded to writers whose work shows significant promise, who write about the world as it really exists, but who would for financial reasons be unable to attend the course — whose voices might never otherwise be heard.

We particularly welcome applications from writers of colour, disabled writers and LGBTQ+ writers.

The mechanism is simple, too: stage one is to fill in this form.

You will be asked to submit a 200-word synopsis of the novel you plan to work on with us, and you will also be asked to detail in less than 300 words the reason behind your scholarship application.

In equal measure we want to know why you want to do the course, why you’re the right person to write your story, and why you need the scholarship to help.

Once you’ve done that, you’ll need to email us 1,000 words of your work-in-progress. We might also ask you for more later on: our tutors will want to get to know your work as well as possible before offering you a place, so we may ask for more of it than we do of other peoples’.

And that’s it. If you are selected for the scholarship, you will be given instructions on how to proceed. And when you arrive, you will be treated no differently to any other student. You won’t have to attend any dinner, give any speech, keep up any blog of your experience, none of that.

And if you’re not selected? If you apply for the Scholarship and are unsuccessful you will not be eligible to apply for a paying place until the next iteration. The reasoning here is brutish: the Faber Academy Scholarship is for people who could not afford to attend the course otherwise. This is a way of limiting applications to just that set of writers.

Please note: The scholarship is currently in its first year; Faber Academy retains the right to alter these terms as we learn more about how best to provide it.

Faber Academy Scholarship
Terms & Conditions

  1. Eligibility
    1. Your financial status:
      1. The Faber Academy Scholarship is intended to help someone who would not be able to attend the course to do so. It is offered in a spirit of trust. We will not be means-testing applications.
    2. Your work:
      1. You should be working on a novel, which we consider to mean a long-form piece of prose fiction.
      2. The novel should be your own original work: while the form is valid, we are not looking for pastiche, fan-fiction, or sequels/prequels to other writers’ work.
      3. Your novel should aim to ‘represent the world as it really exists’: your application should try to explain how it does so.
    3. Evidence:
      1. Faber Academy retains the right to ask you for evidence of any claim you make in your application with regards to either your financial status or your work.
      2. Any information we request and receive in this capacity will be held in confidence and returned to you or destroyed after the Scholarship has been awarded.
  2. The Scholarship Awarding Group
    1. The Scholarship Awarding Group will decide who receives the Faber Academy Scholarship.
    2. The Group will consist of one or all of the tutors for the relevant iteration of the Writing A Novel course, plus the Director of Faber Academy.
    3. The Scholarship Awarding Group will receive and read all Scholarship entries before making a shortlist.
    4. The Group’s decision will be final.
  3. Scope
    1. Courses
      1. The Faber Academy Scholarship is available on daytime or evening iterations of Writing A Novel.
      2. One scholarship place is offered on the January intake and one on the October intake.
    2. Travel and accommodation
      1. The Scholarship covers course fees only.
      2. It does not cover any travel, accommodation or other costs you might incur by attending the course.
  4. Withdrawal of the scholarship
    1. By us
      1. Disciplinary
        1. Faber Academy reserves the right to withdraw the Scholarship along with your place on the relevant course in line with the Conduct, Concerns and complaints policy available here, at any point during the course.
        2. In such an event, you will not be eligible to transfer to a paid place.
      2. Ineligibility
        1. Faber Academy reserves the right to withdraw the Scholarship if you are found to have been ineligible for it in the first place, as set out in the terms above.
    2. By you
      1. Transfers/deferrals
        1. Should you wish to defer your offer of a scholarship place, you are entitled to do so within one calendar year: eg, if you are offered a scholarship place on a January iteration, you may defer up to the following January.
        2. After one year, your scholarship offer is considered void.
        3. If you have had a void scholarship offer in the past, you are entitled to reapply for the Faber Academy Scholarship.
        4. The Faber Academy Scholarship may not be transferred by you to anyone else.
        5. The Faber Academy Scholarship may not be transferred to another course, as per terms above.
  5. Anonymity & Data Protection
    1. Every effort will be made to preserve your anonymity throughout the application process, unless you choose to identify yourself in your submissions: the Scholarship Awarding Group will never see your name, date of birth or email address.
    2. In line with the upcoming General Data Protection Regulation, Faber Academy will not store unnecessary information about you for longer than we need to. Your email address will not be added to our mailing list.
    3. Faber Academy will delete your application within 6 months of the deadline passing.
  6. Unsuccessful applications
    1. If your application is unsuccessful, we’ll let you know within a week of the application deadline.
    2. You will then not be eligible to apply for Writing A Novel until the next iteration; eg, if you apply to the scholarship for the January version of the course, you will not be eligible to apply for the course until the October version.
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Announcing… the Faber Academy scholarship

[Edit, 04.12.2017: full information about eligibility and how to apply is now available here.]

We are delighted to announce the new Faber Academy Scholarship starting in 2018.

Two free places a year on the flagship six-month Writing A Novel course will be awarded to writers from under-represented backgrounds whose voices might not otherwise be heard.

“This is a brilliant moment,” said Ian Ellard, head of Faber Academy. “It is absolutely vital to our literary culture that courses like Writing A Novel are accessible to as many people as possible, telling stories about the world as it really exists. I’m just really excited.”

To apply, prospective students will be asked to provide a synopsis of their proposed novel and a short letter explaining why it might go unwritten without the scholarship. Applications will then be anonymised before being sent to course tutors.

This announcement forms part of a broader initiative across Faber & Faber to address under-representation in the publishing industry. The new inclusivity scheme includes a 20-week internship for BAME candidates in association with Creative Access and outreach programmes in partnership with New Writing North, Arts Emergency and IntoUniversity.

For full information on eligibility criteria & how to apply, click here: The Faber Academy Scholarship

Faber Academy are hiring – Join us!

[CLOSED] We’re looking for someone brilliant… is it you?

  • Super-organised?
  • Composed?
  • Bristling with energy?
  • Obsessed with writing and writers?

PLEASE NOTE: Applications for this position are no longer being accepted. Head to for more opportunities.

Faber Academy want you. We are looking for a new Academy Assistant to support every aspect of our thriving creative writing school: setting up the rooms for our classes and events, taking bookings, and keeping our customer data up to date.full-report-graphic

But that’s not all.

This is a varied, hands-on role: you will be doing everything from making coffee to drafting copy. You will know how to make writers feel at home and you can prioritise your tasks through the day so that every customer has an equally excellent experience. You will have some experience of working in a customer-facing role, either in retail or in hospitality, and you will need to be confident taking phone calls and answering customer enquiries from the outset. You will also have an interest in writing, though that doesn’t necessarily mean you are a writer yourself.

We’re a small team and our job is different every day, so you will need to be flexible, motivated and creative in how you approach your work.

What you don’t need, necessarily, is a degree. In fact, at this stage, we’re not even looking for a CV.

If all this sounds like you, click CLICK HERE and fill in a Google form to get things started.*

Any questions, call Ian on 0207 927 3827.

Applications for this position will close at 5pm, Monday 13th March, 2017. This is a full time permanent position.

*We’re using a Google form so that your application can be anonymised. We’ll keep your data for six months. See our privacy policy for more information.

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.


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.


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 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.