Writing a Novel: Stage 2

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

16 July - 24 September 2019 (3 months)

Allen & Unwin - Melbourne
406 Albert Street
East Melbourne VIC 3002
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Course fee: Toni Jordan
$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

'You must make sure the course survives. It is an essential part of the landscape." - Jonathon, 2017

'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 McDonald, 2016 Rob McDonald's first novel will be published by Allen and Unwin in 2019.

'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, author of Fine (2016) Melbourne, 2015.Read Michelle's post about this course


About the Course Directors

Toni JordanToni Jordan is the author of four novels. The international best-seller Addition was a Richard and Judy Bookclub pick and was longlisted for the Miles Franklin award. Fall Girl 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. Our Tiny, Useless Hearts was shortlisted for the Voss Literary Award and longlisted for the International Dublin Literary Award. Toni has been widely published in newspapers and magazines. Her most recent novel is The Fragments, published in November 2018.

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 Steven Amsterdam, 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)

The content listed below is comprehensive but is still a guide only. The exact course content could be adjusted according to the experience and concerns of the group and availability of guest writers. The detail of the course is at the discretion of the course directors and Faber Writing Academy at Allen & Unwin.

Session 1: Tuesday 16 July
Course outline and introduction

Session 2: Tuesday 23 July
Object and detail

Session 3: Tuesday 30 July

Beginnings

Session 4: Saturday 3 August
Plot and structure

Session 5: Tuesday 6 August
Genre and anti-genre

Session 6: Tuesday 13 August
Themes and symbolism

Session 7: Tuesday 20 August
Research and believability

Session 8: Saturday 24 August
Redrafting boot camp

Session 9: Tuesday 27 August
Synopsis

Session 10: Tuesday 3 September
Pitches

Session 11: Tuesday 10 September
Guest speaker and pitches

Session 12: Saturday 14 September
Acting coach and articulating your project

Session 13: Tuesday 17 September
Guest speaker and publishing

Session 14: Tuesday 24 September
Where to from here? Planning and enabling


How to Apply

N.B. You will not be charged at this stage of the application. If you are successful in secureing a place on the course, we will email you a link to pay the deposit online.

When you apply you will be required to separately forward a cover letter briefly stating any writing experience and an overview of the idea for the novel identifying its present stage of development. 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 include your name and ‘Sydney’ or ‘Melbourne’ in the title of all documents that you submit depending on where you would like to complete the course. Email material to: faberwritingacademy@allenandunwin.com.

Payment details


Successful applicants will be asked to pay a 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. In the week leading up to these dates you will be sent a link for payment options. Refunds are not available for those who miss sessions or drop out of the course.

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



Faber Anthology 2017