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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

Sam Twyford-Moore, Manager
Sam has a decade of experience in the creative arts community, with a particular focus on the literary sector and digital innovation. He has served as the Director and CEO of the Emerging Writers’ Festival and founded The Rereaders, a literary and cultural podcast. With stints as a Project Officer for the NSW Writers’ Centre, as a regular peer assessor for the Australia Council, and as Chair of the Program Advisory Committee for the Bachelor of Arts in Writing at RMIT he is well-qualified to lead the Faber Writing Academy in it's next phase of development.

Sam writes, "I am excited to work with the prestigious Faber Writing Academy at Allen and Unwin to continue to support writers. The Faber Academy’s record with assisting writers towards achieving their goals, includes a wonderful list of successful publications across the years. The high quality of the Academy’s tutors and students alike, is something to be very proud of, and I look forward to finding new and exciting ways to bring the best writing courses to you."

Elise Jones, Melbourne Manager
Elise is a Senior Editor of books for kids and teens with Allen & Unwin, where she's worked since 2000. Elise has won the FAW Barbara Ramsden Award for Excellence in Editing, judged the Aurealis Awards, served on the Express Media Board, completed the Varuna Residential Editorial Program, and participated in events like KidLitVic, Writers from the Intersection pitching day, ACAF and Melbourne Writers' Festival. Elise works with some of Australia's best-loved young adult and children's book creators, and still can't believe her luck that she gets paid to read!

Gillian May, Communications Manager
Gillian has a long career in publishing and bookselling, most recently managing a Berkelouw Books store where she developed a highly regarded events program and the Pittwater Short Story Award. She has worked extensively in academic publishing in general management, marketing and sales. She is, frankly, addicted to books.

Charlotte McKewen, Faber Writing Academy Coordinator
At the end of 2019, Charlotte will graduate from UTS with a combined Bachelors of Creative Writing and International Studies whilst also working in an administrative capacity at Allen & Unwin. As a keen creative and writer herself, she has worked along side editorial teams in multiple independent publishing houses, which has motivated her to pursue a career in the publishing industry.

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.