Beginnings. And endings.Stephanie Dowrick

with Dr Stephanie Dowrick

Allen & Unwin - Sydney
83 Alexander St
Crows Nest NSW 2065
(Please note access is via stairs)
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Course fee: $295 / $250 alumni

This highly engaging, interactive workshop focuses on beginnings, set-ups and openings - and where they take both writers and potential readers. Using each participant’s own work as a spring board, it focuses on the imaginative and craft skills needed to get a work started in the most compelling way possible, refining the start - or a number of ‘starts’ in a longer work. It also supports the vital push to finish sections or chapters or a longer work strongly and with conviction.

This workshop is for fiction and also non-fiction writers with some experience and a commitment to writing with greater fluency and interest. It will ideally suit those wanting guidance to get their current writing to a more professional level or to bring back more of the joy and fascination of writing discoveries.

The workshop will be craft driven and unusually sensitive to how language is used and to what effect. It will be offered in an atmosphere that is explicitly “win-win”, non-competitive and mutually stimulating. Students will also look freshly at what’s motivating their writing – seeing more clearly its explicit and more hidden messages. This will be a highly interactive, supportive day. Each student will need to bring a work that’s already in progress and workshop it, including completing writing exercises around it, in an atmosphere of genuine support and rare depth of encouragement.

The workshop includes:

• One full day’s intensive tuition from 10am - 4pm
• Lunch and refreshments
• A complimentary copy of one of Stephanie Dowrick’s books
• On completion of the course, alumni discounts on future Faber Writing Academy courses and books from the Allen & Unwin website.

There are limited places available on this course. Book soon to avoid disappointment.

Praise for Stephanie Dowrick from previous Faber students:

'I found Stephanie completely inspiring, calming and centring. She has inspired me and I would recommend her to all writers.' Maxine, 2018, Sydney

'Intimate small group. Stephanie is very compassionate and encouraging of each participant. Best workshop I have been to. We all had a chance to share. Very insightful hearing other writers going through similar experiences. Exceeded my expectation.' – Marcela, 2016

'Very generous and nurturing. Feedback was careful and considered.' – Jane

'The intimacy and personal nature of the group, small size, well-paced and balanced participation was most helpful.' – Jenn, 2016

'Stephanie was wonderful. I feel inspired and excited. She made me see that I already have what I need - a natural teacher.' – Suzanne, 2016

'All the writing prompts, the first poem, the settling exercises and the first line/last line exercises were very helpful. I loved Stephanie's personal style of giving her own anecdotes and addressing each one of us personally.' – Anon, 2016

'The course exceeded my expectation. Excellent value for money. Every single aspect was most helpful.' – Eileen, 2016

About the tutor

Stephanie Dowrick PhD., is one of Australia's most successful and loved writers. Multi award-winning, she has been actively involved with writing, editing and publishing for almost four decades. Writing has been her main focus since 1983 and in that time she has written 14 successful books for adults, both fiction and non-fiction. Five have been No.1 bestsellers. She has also written two books for children. Stephanie Dowrick came to writing after a celebrated publishing career, including founding the prestigious independent London publishing house, The Women's Press. She has worked closely with many significant writers including Alice Walker, Janet Frame and Gillian Mears. She was Allen & Unwin's Fiction Publisher in the early 1990s, was the 'Inner Life' columnist for the Good Weekend from 2001-2010, and has contributed to all our major media outlets. Her doctoral research was on the visionary poet, Rainer Maria Rilke (about whom she wrote In the Company of Rilke); she is also the author of Creative Journal Writing. A trained psychotherapist, and also an ordained Interfaith minister, Stephanie has taught writing in a number of settings for many years. She brings to her teaching a highly responsive, undogmatic style, and regards writing as 'a privileged voyage of discovery' for every genuinely committed writer.

Books by Stephanie Dowrick

Please note in the event of unforeseen circumstances, courses - including tutors and venues - may be subject to cancellation or change.

N.B. you will be charged a booking fee of 30 cents ($0.30). If you have done a course with us before, you qualify for our alumni discount so add your promotional code at the checkout to receive 15% off the full price, or ring us if you do not know the code on 02 8425 0171.

Before the course starts you will be asked to submit no more than one page on a project you plan to bring along to the workshop and your hopes for it.

For further information contact Faber Writing Academy: or (02) 8425 0171