Finish Your Draft (Online)

Advanced | Fiction
Find the focus and drive to finish your novel with a supportive group of fellow writers and a great tutor to keep you on track.

The application deadline for this iteration of the course is midnight on Sunday 13 September.

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

The application deadline is
14th September 2021

A natural next-step from Writing a Novel, come to this intensive ten-month online course if you have at least 15,000 words of a novel and need the space, structure and discipline to get to the end.

Benefit from our newly upgraded platform and content as you get your head down and write with the support of a small group of fellow novelists and a nurturing tutor (who’ll also know how to crack the whip when necessary). Each month you’ll receive valuable feedback from your group on up to 7,000 words of your novel while finetuning your own editorial sensibilities by critiquing theirs. You’ll also have monthly webinars with your tutor as a group, and benefit from your tutor’s close analysis of participants' work. At key points during the course, you’ll have one-to-one feedback from your tutor too – Zoom tutorials you can record and keep to look back on, as well as audio and written notes.

Access exclusive monthly live chats with some of the best authors, agents and editors around, along with a bank of downloadable learning resources for each session – tutor notes and podcast lectures, guided reading and analysis, and exercises and prompts to keep you writing. You’ll have dedicated private forums and chatrooms to discuss your work in confidence 24/7, along with moderator support around-the-clock; everything you need to get those words down on the page.

After an introductory first session, your monthly sessions will look something like this:

Day 1: Session opens; your tutor introduces focus of the month and recommended reading, chatroom and discussion forum;

Days 2–15: Hard at work on your work-in-progress, 24/7 discussion and feedback on the forums;

Day 16: Deadline for posting your new 5,000 – 7,000 words to the forum;

Days 16–22: Writers read and critique their peers on new work forum;

Days 23–26: Your tutor posts a close read of three people’s work in terms of this month’s focus. The whole group can read and add comments in the forum.

Day 27: Live webinar with your tutor, and they introduce next month’s focus.

Please note: This course is initially open only to Faber Academy alumni. That does not mean you cannot apply if you’re not an alumnus, but first priority will be given to alumni.

To apply, simply send us a single document containing the following:

1—A covering letter, detailing your writing experience, what creative writing courses you have been on, and what you are looking to get from the course;

2—A synopsis of your novel;

3—The first 5,000 words of your work-in-progress.

Normal Faber Academy alumni discounts do not apply to this course.

28th September 2020 - 19th July 2021

Availability: In stock

1 Place

Session 1: Share your story (opens Monday 28 September)
Get to know each other's drafts so far, with a focus on honing your synopsis and the art of giving good critical feedback.

Session 2: Get Better at Place (opens Monday 26 October)
Learn the secrets of sharpening the description in your draft by using more specific language, calling on the senses, and adding colour and movement.

Session 3: Get Better at Body Language (opens Monday 23 November – includes Christmas break)
Analyse the non-verbal communication in your novel, and how to write better body language so that your characters do more than raise their eyebrows, nod and smile.

Session 4: Tune Up Your Voice (opens Monday 4 January)
Consider your choice of vocabulary, sentence and paragraph structure, and how to use them for effect and to create rhythm and pace

Session 5: Get Better at Texture (opens Monday 1 February)
How to use dialogue and description to slow down or speed up a story, and the importance of 'doing' sections in your narrative.

Session 6: Keep Readers Turning the Page (opens Monday 1 March)
Effective ways to grab readers at the start of a chapter and leave them wanting more at the end, and subtle ways to use suspense.

Session 7: Find Your Midpoint (opens Monday 29 March)
Is the structure of your novel still working? Ways to transition from the beginning to the end of your novel and ensure it has a shape that feels right on micro and macro levels.

Session 8: Shape Your Chapters (opens Monday 26 April)
How to use chapter breaks to give rhythm to the reading and shape the sections of your novel for pace and pleasure.

Session 9: Find a Satisfying Resolution (opens Monday 24 May)
Look back at the beginning of your novel to start thinking about its end. How to set up the finish.

Session 10: Move Beyond the Manuscript (opens Monday 21 June)
How to make the leap from finished draft to the next stages in the publication process

Course ends Monday 19 July 2021. You'll have the option to join our alumni area, free of charge, to continue working with your group in your own private room, and will be invited to include an extract of your work in an anthology sent to over a hundred literary agents.

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