Meet the 2020 Faber Writing Academy Scholarship Winners


Coco Huang - Winner of the 2020 Writing a Novel (Sydney) Scholarship

Coco Huang is a Chinese-Australian writer, musician and scientist. She enjoys reading and writing experimental stories and poetry and was a participant in the Citizen Writes Project 2019. She is partial to strange books, free food and hoodies with character. She hopes the Faber Academy Scholarship will help her develop her writing style and challenge her to create something larger and more thematically complex. On reading Coco's submission, Course director Kathryn Heyman said,"the work is so unusual and fresh and unexpected, it will be a delight to see where it leads.”

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Sanaz Fotouhi - Winner of the 2020 Writing a Novel (Melbourne) Scholarship

Sanaz Fotouhi is a writer and filmmaker, and holds a PhD in English Literature from UNSW. As an Iranian-Australian and someone who has lived and travelled extensively Sanaz is interested in narrative and stories that emerge from the diasporic experience. Course director Paddy O'Reilly was impressed by "the vivid detail and sharp characterisation of Fotouhi's work. The story resonates with contemporary Australia and has the potential to develop into a rich and complex exploration of Iranian history and diaspora."

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Gabriella Marie Kelly-Davies - Winner of the 2020 Writing True Stories (Sydney) Scholarship

Gabriella Marie Kelly-Davies lives to write and from an early age she devoured the biographies of musicians, writers, artists and political leaders. She is currently writing the biography of the Australian pain medicine pioneer, Professor Michael J. Cousins AO. Course director, Patti Miller says "I'm looking forward to working with Gabriella on her biography of Michael Cousins, a leading international researcher in pain management. She already reveals a combination of thorough research and a warm human approach to the material."

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Arty J. Owens - Winner of the 2020 Writing for Children (Melbourne) Scholarship

Arty J. Owens is a chronically ill non-binary writer based in Naarm (Melbourne). They write and perform music, they have worked on publications like Visible Ink and The Lifted Brow and is an experienced copywriter. They are currently working on a middle-grade novel about belonging and is a proud graduate of the Associate Degree in Professional Writing and Editing at RMIT. The judges said that "like the character in Arty’s story, the writing in the submission demonstrated rhythm, bounce, energy and humorous mischief. The story has great potential for fun as well as the delivery of an important social message."

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Full details of our 2021 Scholarships will be provided in the second half of 2020

The information displayed here relates to the 2020 Scholarship and is provided only for the interest of those considering applying for a future scholarship.

The Faber Writing Academy at Allen & Unwin is pleased to offer a scholarship for each of our four flagship courses.


• Writing a Novel (Sydney)
• Writing a Novel (Melbourne)
• Writing True Stories (Sydney)
• Writing for Children and Young Adults (Melbourne)

Our scholarships allow the recipients to enrol in these courses for free.

The deadline for all scholarship applications will be announced in the second half of 2020.

In order to apply, you will need to submit in a single document:

• A one-page cover letter outlining your work in progress
• A short statement on how receiving the scholarship will help you with your writing
• A 1500-word sample of your work in progress

A submission link will be provided for future applicants in the second half of 2020.

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