Writing A Novel (daytime)

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 structure and support you need to write the first draft of your novel – plus lots 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, plus editors, agents and industry professionals.

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 15 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 Faber's publishing directors and sales managers, then read to a room of London's top agents once the course is over – unrivalled access to those who know.

Get in touch, or see below to find out more.

What happens on the Agents Reading day? Watch the video below to find out!

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' below. 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.

Alternatively, you can email your application documents to academy@faber.co.uk.

If the application deadline has passed and you've only just found out about the course, don't worry. You can still send through your documents by emailing academy@faber.co.uk. There's always a chance that people will drop out at the last minute. What's more, the next iteration of the course is never far away.

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


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This course consists of 21 three-hour daytime sessions from 10.30am–1.30pm and 6 two-hour guest sessions from 2.30pm–4.30pm. All sessions take place on Thursdays.

Please note: There is an Christmas break between sessions 11 and 12.

Session 1 — Thursday 4th October, 2017 10.30am–1.30pm Introductory session. Creating Ideas & Planning

2 — 11th October 10.30am–1.30pm Character, Part One

3 — 18th October 10.30am–1.30pm Character, Part Two

4 — 25th October 10.30am – 1.30pm: Dialogue

5 — 1st November 10.30am–1.30pm Setting

6 — 8th November 10.30am–1.30pm Narrative Structure // 2.30–4.30pm Guest tutor

7 — 15th November 10.30am–1.30pm Point Of View

8 — 22nd November 10.30am– 1.30pm Voice // 2.30–4.30pm Individual one-to-one feedback

9 — 29th November 10.30am–1.30pm The Passage of Time // 2.30–4.30pm Individual one-to-one feedback

10 — 6th December 10.30am–1.30pm Openings // 2.30–4.30pm Guest Faber editor

11 — 13th December 10.30am–1.30pm: The Role of the Narrator

Christmas Break

12 — 10th January 10.30am–1.30pm Endings

13 — 17th January 10.30am–1.30pm Sustaining momentum // 2.30–4.30pm Guest tutor

14 — 24th January 10.30am–1.30pm Revising and editing

15 — 31st January 10.30am–1.30pm Research and exposition // 2.30–4.30pm Faber Consumer Marketing Director

16 — 7th February 10.30am–1.30pm Naming characters and finding titles

14 — 14th February 10.30am–1.30pm An outline of writing genres // 2.30–4.30pm Guest tutor

18 — 21st February 10.30am–1.30pm Life writing // 2.30–4.30pm Individual one-to-one feedback

19 — 28th February 10.30am–1.30pm Preparing your manuscript, writing cover letters // 2.30–4.30pm Guest editor & agent

20 — 7th March 10.30am–1.30pm Synopses and pitches // 2.30–4.30pm Individual one-to-one feedback

21 — 14th March 10.30am–1.30pm Conclusion & next steps

The subject matter of sessions as listed above is a guide only. The exact course content will be finalised according to the experience and interests of the group. The detail of the course content is at the discretion of the Course Director and the Faber Academy.

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 2018".

4th October 2018 - 14th March 2019

Availability: In stock

30 Places

This course is selective, so you'll need to make an application before you can join. Please click 'Apply Now' to continue.

All registrations must be made by
3rd September 2018


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