Writing A Novel (Evening)

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 31 December 2019.

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

The application deadline was
31st December 2019

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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' above. 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.

28th January 2020 - 30th June 2020

Availability: In stock

2 Places

This course consists of 22 two-hour evening sessions and 6 full-day sessions. All evening sessions will take place on Tuesdays from 7pm–9pm. Full-day sessions will take place on Saturdays from 10am–5pm. There will be one-to-ones in the morning of Saturday sessions (sessions 18 and 23).

Please note: There is a Easter break between sessions 14 and 15.


Session 1—28 January Introductory Session

Session 2—4 February Creating Ideas/Planning

Session 3—Saturday 8 February 10am-5pm 'Capture a character'

Session 4—11 February Character

Session 5—18 February Point of View

Session 6—25 February Guest Tutor

Session 7—3 March Voice

Session 8—Saturday 7 March 10am–1pm Workshops. 2pm–4pm Guest Tutor. 4pm–5pm Debrief

Session 9—10 March Dialogue

Session 10—17 March Story vs Plot

Session 11—24 March Conflict

Session 12—31 March The role of the narrator

Session 13—Saturday 4 April 10am–5pm Workshops and Guest tutor

Session 14—7 April Conclusion of Phase 1

—Easter Break—

Session 15—21 April The Passage of Time

Session 16—28 April Guest Tutor

Session 17—5 May Pace

Session 18—Saturday 9 May One to ones in the morning, workshops in the afternoon

Session 19—12 May Guest tutor

Session 20—19 May Setting

Session 21—26 May Guest tutor

Session 22—2 June Research and Exposition

Session 23—Saturday 6 June One to ones in the morning, workshops in the afternoon

Session 24—9 June Life writing

Session 25—16 June Editing

Session 26—Saturday 20 June 10am-5pm Selling your novel; synopses, pitches

Session 27—23 JuneGuest tutor

Session 28—30 June Round-up sessions, next steps

PLUS! The Faber Academy anthology launch party in September 2020 at the fabulous Artworkers' Guild! Join top London literary agents and editors, and toast your fellow students as you launch your work into the world. Meet and greet, or just celebrate the end of this stage of your writing journey.

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, CLICK HERE.

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'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.'
  • S. J. Watson, author of Before I Go to Sleep
I really felt part of the Faber family, and continue to do so. This literary experience will always sit with me, and I will always be grateful to Faber Academy for the great experience.
  • Duncan
The people in my class were wonderful and the class was well composed - we were all writing different things, which reduced competitive feelings and exposed us to new ideas. The lessons, and friendships, will last.
  • Writing a Novel Student



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