KristinaThe Opening Chapter: Starting Fiction Strong

with Kristina Olsson

20 August - 8 October 2020 (8 weeks)

Thursday evenings, 6.30-8.30pm


Course fee: $ 1,300/$ 1,105 alumni

This is where you start. Have you struggled to get the first words down in a project? During this 8-week course you will be part of a supportive learning environment designed to get you started on your dream work of fiction and to finish the opening chapter of your work in progress. Your tutor will work with you to begin a project plan to get you to keep working once the first chapter is done.

The classes are lively and inclusive, and the atmosphere is one of support, encouragement, and respect for your work. We will be discussing technical matters of course, but we'll also be talking about process and motivation.

You can expect:

- 8 weeks of learning and support to get you writing
- Flexibility and rigour in a specially designed learning environment

Take your work to the next level: in just a few weeks, go from an aspiring scribbler to a disciplined writer.

The Opening Chapter is an online writing program designed to teach you to:

• Read like a writer
• Behave like a writer – develop good habits
• Get inspired – then turn your ideas into stories
• Improve and improve, with feedback from your tutor
• Finish the opening chapter of your manuscript to a high standard

By the end of the course you will have:

- Gained an understanding of all the important elements and techniques of storytelling;
-Bolstered your abilities and interest in writing fiction in a friendly environment;
- Received constructive and rigorous feedback on your writing, so that you can measure your improvement.

This course is a useful foundation for those who wish to take the longer, more intensive Faber Writing Academy Writing a Novel course in 2021.

At the end of the course, you will, have the option to have part of your opening chapter edited by a Senior Editor at Allen & Unwin.

About the tutor:

Kristina Olsson is an award-winning writer of fiction, non-fiction and journalism. Her 2013 memoir, Boy, Lost, garnered multiple national awards. Her new novel,Shell, set in Sydney against the backdrop of the building of Sydney Opera House and Australia’s entry into the Vietnam War, was published last October and launched the legendary Scribner Australia literary imprint. It has been shortlisted in several major literary awards.

Kristina’s previous work includes the novel The China Garden and the biography Kilroy Was Here. She also works as a journalist, mentor and teacher of creative writing, and is currently working on a new work of narrative non-fiction. She lives in Brisbane.

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 50 cents ($0.50).

When you make your booking you will be given the option of paying the full course fee or securing your place by paying a deposit of $ 500/$ 425 alumni. If you chose to pay the deposit two further payments of $ 400/$ 340 alumni will be required. The first will be due on 3 September and the second on 24 October. We will send payment instructions for these closer to the time.

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.

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