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 application deadline for this course is midnight on Sunday 8 September 2019.

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

The application deadline was
9th September 2019

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' 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.

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.

3rd October 2019 - 5th March 2020

Availability: In stock

29 Places

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

Please note: There is an Christmas break between sessions 12 and 13.

Session 1 — Thursday 3rd October, 2019 10.30am–1.30pm Introductory session. Creating Ideas & Planning

2 — 10th October 10.30am–1.30pm Character, Part One

3 — 17th October 10.30am–1.30pm Character, Part Two

4 — 24th October 10.30am – 1.30pm: Dialogue

5 — 31st October 10.30am–1.30pm Setting

6 — 7th November 10.30am–1.30pm Narrative Structure // 2.30–4.30pm Guest author Louise Doughty

7 — 14th November 10.30am–1.30pm Point Of View

8 — 21st November 10.30am– 1.30pm Voice // 2.30–4.30pm Individual one-to-one feedback

9 — 28th November 10.30am–1.30pm The Passage of Time // 2.30–4.30pm Individual one-to-one feedback

10 — 5th December 10.30am–1.30pm Openings // 2.30–4.30pm Guest editor: Anne Meadows

11 — 12th December 10.30am–1.30pm: The Role of the Narrator

12 — 19th December 10.30am–1.30pm Endings

(Chrismas Break)

13 — 9th January 10.30am–1.30pm Sustaining momentum // 2.30–4.30pm Guest tutor: Neil Taylor / Renee Knight

14 — 16th January 10.30am–1.30pm Revising and editing

15 — 23rd January 10.30am–1.30pm Research and exposition // 2.30–4.30pm Guest agent: Juliet Mushens

16 — 30th January 10.30am–1.30pm Naming characters and finding titles

17 — 6th February May 10.30am–1.30pm An outline of writing genres // 2.30–4.30pm Guest agent and editor: Leone Ross

18 — 13th February 10.30am–1.30pm Life writing // 2.30–4.30pm Individual one-to-one feedback

19 — 20th February 10.30am–1.30pm Preparing your manuscript, writing cover letters // 2.30–4.30pm Guest Faber editor: Louisa Joyner

20 — 27th February 10.30am–1.30pm Synopses and pitches // 2.30–4.30pm Individual one-to-one feedback

21 — 5th 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 2019".

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