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

The application deadline is
31st December 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.

2020-01-28
2020-06-23
London
onsite
Fiction
28th January 2020 - 23rd June 2020

Availability: In stock

£4,000.00
30 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 Tuesdays

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

Session 1 — Tuesday 28th January, 2020 10.30am–1.30pm Introductory session. Creating Ideas & Planning

2 — 4th February 10.30am–1.30pm Character, Part One

3 — 11th February 10.30am–1.30pm Character, Part Two

4 — 18th February 10.30am – 1.30pm: Dialogue

5 — 25th February 10.30am–1.30pm Setting

6 — 3rd March 10.30am–1.30pm Narrative Structure // 2.30–4.30pm Guest tutor

7 — 10th March 10.30am–1.30pm Point Of View

8 — 17th March 10.30am– 1.30pm Voice // 2.30–4.30pm Individual one-to-one feedback

9 — 24th March 10.30am–1.30pm The Passage of Time // 2.30–4.30pm Individual one-to-one feedback

10 — 31st March 10.30am–1.30pm Openings // 2.30–4.30pm Guest Faber editor

11 — 7th April 10.30am–1.30pm: The Role of the Narrator

Easter Break

12 — 21st April 10.30am–1.30pm Endings

13 — 28th April 10.30am–1.30pm Sustaining momentum // 2.30–4.30pm Guest tutor

14 — 5th May 10.30am–1.30pm Revising and editing

15 — 12th May 10.30am–1.30pm Research and exposition // 2.30–4.30pm Faber Consumer Marketing Director

16 — 19th May 10.30am–1.30pm Naming characters and finding titles

17 — 26th May 10.30am–1.30pm An outline of writing genres // 2.30–4.30pm Guest tutor

18 — 2nd June 10.30am–1.30pm Life writing // 2.30–4.30pm Individual one-to-one feedback

19 — 9th June 10.30am–1.30pm Preparing your manuscript, writing cover letters // 2.30–4.30pm Guest editor & agent

20 — 16th June 10.30am–1.30pm Synopses and pitches // 2.30–4.30pm Individual one-to-one feedback

21 — 23rd June 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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