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About the Academy

Faber Writing Academy at Allen & Unwin is an exciting writing programme offering a range of courses from one-day workshops to longer courses devised by the foremost practitioners in their fields. If you have a story to tell, why not study with two of the world's leading publishers?

Since launching its first course at Shakespeare & Co bookshop in Paris in 2008, Faber Academy has tutored more than 1500 students in courses ranging from one-day workshops such as Getting Published to longer courses including our popular program Writing a Novel.

Faber Academy was established by iconic London publishing house Faber and Faber to provide high quality, practical creative writing courses that draw participants into the epicentre of the book publishing world. The writing courses are devised and run by leading figures in contemporary publishing. To date, Faber Academy has given the opportunity for writers to benefit first-hand from authors such as Jeanette Winterson, Louise Doughty, Blake Morrison, Helen Dunmore, Margaret Atwood, Miriam Toews, Kathryn Heyman, James Bradley, Patti Miller, Sebastian Barry and Hanif Kureishi.

In 2010, Faber Academy found a natural home with Australia's award-winning publisher Allen & Unwin, and courses are offered in Sydney and Melbourne.

Course outlines - Sydney

Course outlines - Melbourne

How to apply

Key personnel

April Murdoch, Manager
April has over twenty years experience in publishing. For many years she was Publicity Manager at Allen & Unwin where she toured with many well-known authors including Margaret Atwood, Jodi Picoult and Gough Whitlam. In 2005 she moved to London and landed a position with the International Sales team at Hodder & Stoughton. Since returning to Australia she has worked on a number of different projects, including the publicity for the NSW Premier's Literary Awards and edited a book on Sydney cafe culture. She enjoys helping other people advance their writing.

Sarah Menary, Communications Manager
Sarah has been a keen writer since she was fourteen. In her teens she attended several UK Arvon Foundation writing retreats with current Welsh Poet Laureate Gillian Clarke and Robert Minhinnick. They taught her how to avoid big, empty words and craft images in text. She is now finishing her second novel which is a historical thriller. She started working for Faber Writing Academy in Australia in December 2013. She loves listening to authors talk about writing and losing herself in a book.

Information, bookings and enquiries

For more information about the Faber Writing Academy at Allen & Unwin and any of the courses listed, please contact us:

T: 02 8425 0171

If you are booking, please read our Terms and Conditions first.

Sydney courses will be held in the Allen & Unwin building in Crows Nest, Sydney. Please note that access to the venue is via three flights of stairs.