Writing a Novel: Stage 2

with Toni Jordan and Paddy O'Reilly + guests, including leading industry agents/publishers

18 July - 26 September (3 months)

Allen & Unwin - Melbourne
406 Albert Street
East Melbourne VIC 3002
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Course fee:
$3,250 / $2,760 alumni

Write your novel, and write it well.

This three-month course builds on the work started in Writing a Novel: Stage 1 and is suitable for writers who have completed that course, or who have a substantially completed rough or first draft of a novel-in-progress. This course will develop craft and technical skills required to turn a rough draft into a work of art. Using exercises focused on your own work, you'll finish the course with a deep understanding of the novelists' craft and how it applies to your own novel.

• Benefit from the structure of regular classes covering everything from playing with genre, the power of what is unspoken and using scenes and narrative summary to maintain momentum.

• Learn from our experienced Course Directors, as well as guest tutors including top authors, and agents/publishers.

• Receive personalised, one-to one attention on your project from your tutor.

Get it done. When undertaken with Writing a Novel: Stage 1, this is a flexible alternative to a creative writing MA, designed for people who might be considering a career and who are prepared to engage fully in the hard work involved. Apart from the workshops, you will be devoting as much time as possible between classes to writing.

• Receive invaluable feedback by having the chance to present your work to your class of other committed novelists.

Start your career with unrivalled access to those who know. There is no better way to get on the road to publication than to meet the people who know how to make that happen. Hear talks from people in the industry, then read to a room of agents at course completion.

Please note that while Writing a Novel: Stage 1 and Writing a Novel: Stage 2 are designed to build on each other, each may be taken as a stand-alone course. Talk to us if you need guidance on which one is best for you.

Praise for Writing a Novel

'Every week I learnt new tools which I could use straight away. It helped me at a macro and micro level. The teaching style made me want to write more and gave me confidence in my own writing. The course exceeded my expectations.' - Rob, Melbourne, 2016

'What the course has managed is to get me to stop worrying about writing a novel and to just start getting something - anything - down... Toni and Paddy have helped me to understand is that all this is fine and natural and a necessary stage to go through. They've given me the push I needed to get started and they've managed to make me believe that I will get this novel written.' - Michelle Wright, Melbourne, 2015. Read more from Michelle on our blog

'Excellent. 10 out of 10... It was a privilege and a pleasure.' - Stephen, 2014

'Getting constant feedback from industry experts was extremely helpful... I learned a lot that I can apply to my own work both now and in the future... More than returned the money I paid for this course.' - James, Melbourne, 2013

'It helped me focus on my writing more effectively and to consider the technical aspects of what I was doing.' - Steph, Melbourne, 2012

What the tutors think - read here

About the Course Directors

Toni JordanToni Jordan is the author of four novels. The international best-seller Addition (2008), was a Richard and Judy Bookclub pick and was longlisted for the Miles Franklin award. Fall Girl (2010) was published internationally and has been optioned for film, and Nine Days was awarded Best Fiction at the 2012 Indie Awards, was shortlisted for the ABIA Best General Fiction award and was named in Kirkus Review's top 10 Historical Novels of 2013. Her most recent novel, Our Tiny Useless Hearts, was published in 2016. Toni has been widely published in newspapers and magazines and was 2014 sessional teacher of the year at RMIT University.

Paddy O'ReillyPaddy O'Reilly is the author of three novels including The Wonders and two collections of short stories, most recently Peripheral Vision, which have been published and broadcast internationally. She has won a number of fiction awards and her books have been shortlisted for the Queensland Premier's Literary Awards and the ALS Gold Medal, as well as being nominated many times in best books of the year lists. She has been a recipient of Australia Council and Arts Victoria awards, as well as Australian and overseas writing residencies. Paddy has a PhD in English from Latrobe University and has won two prizes for excellence in teaching.

About the guests - watch this space. Previous guests include Chris Womersley, Sophie Cunningham, Steven Caroll, Wayne Macauley, Clare Forster, Aviva Tuffield and Mandy Brett.

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

Course Program

The course consists of:

11 x Tuesday evenings (6.30pm to 8.30pm) + 3 x full Saturdays (10am to 4pm)

Session 1: Tuesday 18 July
Introduction and goal setting

Session 2: Tuesday 25 July
Object and detail

Session 3: Saturday 29 July
Plot and structure

Session 4: Tuesday 1 August

Session 5: Tuesday 8 August
Genre and anti-genre

Session 6: Tuesday 15 August
Themes and symbolism

Session 7: Saturday 19 August
Redrafting boot camp

Session 8: Tuesday 22 August
Research and believability

Session 9: Tuesday 29 August

Session 10: Tuesday 5 September

Session 11: Saturday 9 September
Acting coach and articulating your project

Session 12: Tuesday 12 September
Guest speaker and pitching

Session 13: Tuesday 19 September
Guest publisher and publishing

Session 14: Tuesday 26 September
Where to from here? Planning

How to Make a Booking

All course applicants for Writing a Novel: Stage 2 are required to forward a cover letter briefly stating any writing experience and an overview of the idea for the novel identifying what stage it is presently at. Applicants are also required to submit a 2,500 word sample of prose. This process ensures that all applicants are applying for the course best suited to their needs and allows the tutor to familiarise themselves with your work.

PLEASE NOTE that if you have completed Writing a Novel: Stage 1 you are automatically accepted on to the course but may still be required to send in work if you have a different tutor.

Please send applications to faberwritingacademy@allenandunwin.com

or by post to:
Faber Writing Academy Manager
Allen & Unwin
PO Box 8500
St Leonards NSW 1590

Download the application form

Successful applicants will be asked to pay a non-refundable deposit of $1,100 (Faber Writing Academy Alumni are entitled to a 15% discount off the course fee and will pay a deposit of $610). The balance of the course fee, a further $2150, will be payable in two further instalments of $1075 on 1 August and 1 September respectively. No refunds will be given to students who miss sessions or drop out of the course. Applicants will be advised in June on the success of their application.

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


The Faber Writing Academy 'Writing a Novel' Anthology

The Faber Writing Academy 'Writing a Novel' Anthology 2015 is now available. Please let us know if you would like a copy. The 2014 edition is available as a free ebook from kindle - click here.