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 Thursday 31 December 2020.

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

The application deadline was
14th January 2021

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 fourteen 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 are prepared to engage fully in the hard work involved in writing a novel. You'll need to put in the writing hours outside of class – we recommend at least 5-7 of them – but you'll have a supportive tutor and your classmates to keep you motivated

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

While we intend for this course to take place in our London offices as normal, we will be monitoring the situation with COVID-19 carefully. Should any local or national lockdown make it necessary to move a portion of your live classes online, we will do so using video-conferencing software and our bespoke virtual classroom, with a discount for the affected sessions applied. These are unusual times but your experience on the course – as part of an engaged, supportive group and with a tutor who has all the facilities necessary to deliver a comprehensive syllabus available to them – is paramount to us, whether your weekly meeting is taking place at Faber HQ or on Zoom. We've confident we have the skills and infrastructure in place to run this kind of hybrid course, should it be required. If you have any questions about this, click the 'Register interest' button above and send us a message.

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.

We aim to let applicants know whether they have a place on the course within ten working days of the application deadline. If you have a reason that you need to know sooner than this, get in touch and we can discuss expediting your application

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

9th February 2021 - 6th July 2021

Availability: In stock

3 Places

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

Please note: There is an Easter break between sessions 8 and 9.

Session 1 — Tuesday 9 February 10.30am–1.30pm Introductory session: Creating Ideas & Planning

2 — 16 February 10.30am–1.30pm: Character, Part One

3 — 23 February 10.30am–1.30pm: Character, Part Two

4 — 2 March 10.30am – 1.30pm: Dialogue

5 — 9 March 10.30am–1.30pm: Setting

6 — 16 March 10.30am–1.30pm: Narrative Structure // 2.30–4.30pm Guest author

7 — 23 March 10.30am–1.30pm: Point Of View

8 — 30 March 10.30am– 1.30pm: Voice // 2.30–4.30pm: Individual one-to-one feedback

(Easter Break)

9 — 13 April 10.30am–1.30pm: The Passage of Time // 2.30–4.30pm: Individual one-to-one feedback

10 — 20 April 10.30am–1.30pm: Openings // 2.30–4.30pm Guest editor

11 — 27 April 10.30am–1.30pm: The Role of the Narrator

12 — 4 May 10.30am–1.30pm: Endings

13 — 11 May 10.30am–1.30pm: Sustaining momentum // 2.30–4.30pm: Guest tutor

14 — 18 May 10.30am–1.30pm: Revising and editing

15 — 25 May 10.30am–1.30pm: Research and exposition // 2.30–4.30pm: Guest agent

16 — 1 June 10.30am–1.30pm: Naming characters and finding titles

17 — 8 June 10.30am–1.30pm: An outline of writing genres // 2.30–4.30pm: Guest agent and editor

18 — 15 June 10.30am–1.30pm: Life writing // 2.30–4.30pm: Individual one-to-one feedback

19 — 22 June 10.30am–1.30pm: Preparing your manuscript, writing cover letters // 2.30–4.30pm: Guest Faber editor

20 — 29 June 10.30am–1.30pm: Synopses and pitches // 2.30–4.30pm: Individual one-to-one feedback

21 — 6 July 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.

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