on 18 April, 2013

Writing a Novel (Intensive) by Faber Academy at Allen & Unwin

The ideal course for aspiring novelists living outside Sydney and Melbourne or unable to commit to a weekly class.

Responding to popular demand, Faber Academy’s six-month Writing a Novel course is now available as an intensive. This is a unique opportunity to experience the same content of our flagship course condensed into three long weekends in Sydney, starting October 2013.

 Running over three long weekends in October, December and February 2014, with Skype meetings in between, students will have the opportunity to be part of the publishing and literary community, with minimum disruption to their often busy lives.

"The Faber Academy Novel Writing course gave me a much needed framework and deadlines to work seriously on my novel with the benefit of proper feedback from experienced novelists."
 Joanne Riccioni, graduate of Faber Academy's 2011 Writing a Novel course in Sydney. Her book, The Onorati, will be published by Scribe in 2014.

The aim of Writing A Novel (Intensive) is simple - to provide the tools and support needed to write the first draft of a novel in a flexible alternative to a creative writing MA. Sessions involve a combination of writing exercises, readings and discussions that are designed to develop novel writing skills from the first conception of an idea through to the final edit. Looking at narrative structure, voice, the development of character, the skill of rewriting and the fear of the blank page, the course will be both inspirational and highly practical.

Kathryn Heyman is the author of five novels published internationally and in translation. She has won an Arts Council of England Writers Award, the Wingate and the Southern Arts Awards, and has been nominated for the Orange Prize, the Scottish Writer of the Year Award, the Edinburgh Fringe Critic's Awards, the Kibble Prize and the West Australian Premier's Book Awards. She's written several radio plays for BBC radio, including adaptations of her own work, and has taught Creative Writing for the University of Glasgow and the University of Oxford. Kathryn is the Senior Judge for the 2013 NSW Premier's Literary Awards. Her next novel, Floodline, will be published in September.

James Bradley is a writer and critic. His books include three novels, Wrack, The Deep Field and The Resurrectionist, a book of poetry, Paper Nautilus, and as editor, The Penguin Book of the Ocean. In addition to being widely translated, James’ novels have won or been shortlisted for a number of awards, including The Age Fiction Book of the Year Award, The Christina Stead prize for Fiction and the Miles Franklin Award. As well as writing fiction and poetry, James’ reviews and essays have appeared in newspapers and magazines such as The Times Literary Supplement, The Australian Literary Review, The Guardian, The Monthly and The Sydney Morning Herald.

Faber Academy was established by iconic London publishing house Faber and Faber to provide high quality, practical creative writing courses devised by the foremost practitioners in their fields. The first course was launched in 2008 at Shakespeare & Co bookshop in Paris and in 2010 Faber Academy found a natural home with Allen & Unwin.  Courses are offered in Sydney and Melbourne.

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