Finding Your Voice - a NEW five-week courseCarrie Tiffany

with Carrie Tiffany

Allen & Unwin
406 Albert St
East Melbourne VIC 3002
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Course fee: $ 850 /$ 720 alumni

Do you want to write but don’t know where to begin? Maybe you’ve hit the wall with your short story or novel and are unsure how to continue?

This five-week course is designed for people who want to write fiction and are seeking guidance and encouragement in a supportive environment. The course will focus on finding your voice as a writer with discussions, tailored writing exercises and opportunities to share your writing with the group.What do you do next?

Reading is critical to finding your voice. You’ll be introduced to some great writing and learn how to analyse the way it works on the page. Tips on setting, structure, point of view, character, dialogue and editing will help you along the way

Students will become alert to the rich material in their lives from which they can create story. We will explore where ideas come from and how they can be identified and given life on the page.

The course consists of five two-hour evening sessions, which will take place on Wednesdays from 6.30pm–8.30pm starting on 2 October. The course is limited to 10 places.

The subject matter of sessions as listed below is a guide only. The exact course content will be adapted to the experience and interests of the group. The detail of the course content is at the discretion of the tutors and the Faber Academy.

Introductions. Who are the writers that we love? How are they using voice? Exercises.

What to write about. Is it important to write what you know? How to find your material. Exercises.

Point of view, character and perspective. Where do you stand? Where do your characters stand? What’s the difference between voice and dialogue? Exercises.

Setting and structure. Exercises.

How to edit your work and approach publishers. Exercises.

Praise for Carrie Tiffany from her students:

‘Carrie was amazing. She was endlessly supportive and insightful as well as patient, wise and funny.’ Clementine

‘Carrie is an empathetic tutor with great experience… I have benefited from her advice and grown as a writer.’ Dina

‘Carrie is a wonderful and generous teacher who managed the needs (and hopes) of a roomful of very different students and their projects.’ Leah

About the Tutor:

Carrie Tiffany was born in West Yorkshire and grew up in Western Australia. She spent her early twenties working as a park ranger in Central Australia and now lives and works in Melbourne. Her first novel,Everyman’s Rules for Scientific Living, was shortlisted for the Orange Prize, the Miles Franklin Literary Award, the Guardian First Book Award and the Commonwealth Writers’ Prize, and won the Dobbie Award for Best First Book and the WA Premier’s Award for Fiction. Her second novel, Mateship with Birds, was also shortlisted for many awards and won the inaugural Stella Prize in 2013 and the Christina Stead Prize for Fiction in the New South Wales Premier’s Literary Awards. Her new novel, Exploded View, was published in early 2019. Carrie has an MA in Creative Writing. She is a former Creative Director of Faber Academy and has taught at RMIT, Writer’s Victoria, the University of Melbourne, La Trobe University and the Banff Centre for Creative Arts in Canada.

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

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N.B. you will be charged a booking fee of 50 cents ($0.50).

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