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 Tuesday 31 August 2021.

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

The application deadline is
31st August 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

Please note that in the event of further lockdowns to prevent the spread of COVID-19, sessions will move to our bespoke online classroom to avoid disruption to your course. Classrooms within Bloomsbury House have been made COVID-secure in line with HSE guidance.

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

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.

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

7th October 2021 - 10th March 2022

Availability: In stock

30 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 Thursday

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

Session 1 – Thursday 7 October 10.30am–1.30pm Introductory session. Creating Ideas & Planning

2 – 14 October 10.30am–1.30pm Character, Part One

3 – 21 October 10.30am–1.30pm Character, Part Two

4 – 28 October 10.30am – 1.30pm: Dialogue

5 – 4 November 10.30am–1.30pm Setting

6 – 11 November 10.30am–1.30pm Narrative Structure // 2.30–4.30pm Guest author

7 – 18 November 10.30am–1.30pm Point Of View

8 – 25 November 10.30am– 1.30pm Voice // 2.30–4.30pm Individual one-to-one feedback

9 – 2 December 10.30am–1.30pm The Passage of Time // 2.30–4.30pm Individual one-to-one feedback

10 – 9 December 10.30am–1.30pm Openings // 2.30–4.30pm Guest editor

11 – 16 December 10.30am–1.30pm: The Role of the Narrator

—Christmas Break—

12 – 6 January 10.30am–1.30pm Endings

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

14 – 20 January 10.30am–1.30pm Revising and editing

15 – 27 January 10.30am–1.30pm Research and exposition // 2.30–4.30pm Guest agent

16 – 3 February 10.30am–1.30pm Naming characters and finding titles

17 – 10 February 10.30am–1.30pm An outline of writing genres // 2.30–4.30pm Guest agent and editor

18 – 17 February 10.30am–1.30pm Life writing // 2.30–4.30pm Individual one-to-one feedback

19 – 24 February 10.30am–1.30pm Preparing your manuscript, writing cover letters // 2.30–4.30pm Guest Faber editor

20 – 3 March 10.30am–1.30pm Synopses and pitches // 2.30–4.30pm Individual one-to-one feedback

21 – 10 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.

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