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Writing a Novel: Stage 1- 2017 Scholarships



We are very pleased to announce the recipients of the 2017 Writing a Novel: Stage 1 Scholarships.

Yvonne Weldon from Rosebery, Sydney and Jonathon Otis from Bentleigh, Melbourne have each been awarded a complimentary place on the Writing a Novel: Stage 1 courses commencing in Sydney and Melbourne on 7 March.

Co-director for the Sydney course, novelist and literary critic James Bradley, said: ‘Yvonne’s writing is authentic, direct and culturally and emotionally expansive in its ambitions.’

Co-director of the Melbourne course and novelist Paddy O’Reilly said: ‘Jonathan's writing commanded our attention because of its powerful and precise use of language, the unusual storyline and the depth of characterisation shown in such a short sample.’

Course graduates’ publishing success: Two Sydney course graduates published their debut novels in 2016: Debra Jopson with Oliver of the Levant (Random House) and Caroline Beecham with Maggie's Kitchen (Allen & Unwin). In 2018 Allen & Unwin will be publishing fellow graduate Pip Smith’s novel, Half-Wild.

The Writing a Novel: Stage 1 courses start in Sydney and Melbourne on 7 March, followed by the Writing a Novel: Stage 2 courses in July.

Applications for the scholarships closed on 7 February 2017.

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  • The decision by the Faber Writing Academy committee as to who should receive the scholarships is final and will be determined in good faith based on the statements submitted by the applicants. Faber Writing Academy takes no responsibility for any falsities or embellishments that may be contained within those statements.
  • The scholarship must be undertaken in 2017 and cannot be transferred to another year or a different Faber Writing Academy at Allen & Unwin course.
  • The successful applicants will need to sign an agreement before the commencement of the course which outlines the conditions of acceptance of the scholarship.
  • The winners agree to commit to the entire duration of the course and shall best endeavour to attend each of the course sessions.
  • At the completion of the course, the winner agrees to write a piece about their experience of doing the course which can be used by Faber Writing Academy for promotional purposes.
  • Faber Writing Academy at Allen & Unwin reserves the right to withdraw or not award a scholarship at any time.
  • In the rare event that the course is cancelled, Faber Writing Academy cannot offer compensation or a transfer of the scholarship to any other Faber Writing Academy courses.


The Faber Writing Academy 'Writing a Novel' Anthology

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