Writing a Novel: Stage 2

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

7 July - 15 September 2020 (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.

Please note that students completing Writing a Novel Stage 1 will have first preference for places in Writing a Novel Stage 2. Places for new students can only be offered if an existing student chooses to discontinue. We will advise new applicants of the availability of places as soon as possible.


Praise for Writing a Novel

'Toni Jordan and Paddy O’Reilly give invaluable personal advice that only someone who has been through the process can provide. They are candid and generous. There’s no sugar coating, and that means you’re getting the advice you need to move forward in your writing and also insight into the ‘business’ of writing, so you can pitch your story to agents and publishers.' - Kirstie Bedford, 2019 Scholarship Winner Read Kirstie's blog post about her course experience here.

'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.


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 7 July
Course outline and introduction

Session 2: Tuesday 14 July
Object and detail

Session 3: Saturday 18 July
Plot and structure

Session 4: Tuesday 21 July
Beginnings

Session 5: Tuesday 28 July
Genre and anti-genre

Session 6: Tuesday 4 August
Themes and symbolism

Session 7: Saturday 8 August
Redrafting boot camp

Session 8: Tuesday 11 August
Research and believability

Session 9: Tuesday 18 August
Synopsis

Session 10: Tuesday 25 August
Pitches

Session 11: Saturday 29 August
Acting coach and articulating your project

Session 12: Tuesday 1 September
Guest speaker: Publisher

Session 13: Tuesday 8 September
Guest speaker: Agent

Session 14: Tuesday 15 September
Where to from here? Planning and enabling


How to Apply

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

  • A letter briefly stating any writing experience
  • An overview of the idea for your novel and its present stage of development
  • A 1,500-word sample of prose

This process ensures that all applicants are applying for the course best suited to their needs.

Enter your application for Writing a Novel Stage 2 - Melbourne here.


If you need further information please contact Faber Writing Academy by email at faberwritingacademy@allenandunwin.com or call us on (02) 8425 0171.