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The Agent Engagement
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with Jacinta di Mase

29 February 2020

Allen & Unwin - Melbourne
406 Albert Street
East Melbourne VIC 3002
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Course fee: $ 250/$ 210

Securing a literary agent is often an important step towards publication. But how do you know if you’re ready to submit your manuscript to an agent for consideration? This expert consultation will provide feedback on your work and and advice on whether your manuscript is sound for submission.

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The Agent Engagement (YA and Middle Grade)
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with Danielle Binks

29 February 2020

Allen & Unwin - Melbourne
406 Albert Street
East Melbourne VIC 3002
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Course fee: $ 250/$ 210

Securing a literary agent is often an important step towards publication. But how do you know if you’re ready to submit your manuscript to an agent for consideration? This expert consultation will provide feedback on your work and and advice on whether your manuscript is sound for submission.

For the first time Faber Writing Academy is excited to offer a version of The Agent Engagement tailored specifically for authors creating Young Adult and Middle Grade targeted works.

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Writing a Novel - Stage 1
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with Paddy O'Reilly and Carrie Tiffany

3 March - 19 May 2020 (3 months)

Allen & Unwin - Melbourne
406 Albert Street
East Melbourne VIC 3002
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Course fee: $ 3,250/$ 2,762.50 alumni

Learn to write with the best.

This comprehensive, three-month course for aspiring novelists provides the structure and support you need to head towards the first draft of your novel.

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Writing a Novel - Stage 1

with Sophie Cunningham and Emily Bitto

March - May 2020 (3 months)

Allen & Unwin - Melbourne
406 Albert Street
East Melbourne VIC 3002
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Course fee: $ 3,250/$ 2,762.50 alumni

Learn to write with the best.

This comprehensive, three-month course for aspiring novelists provides the structure and support you need to head towards the first draft of your novel.

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Migration Stories

with Elise Valmorbida

10am - 4pm, Saturday, 28 March 2020

Allen & Unwin - Melbourne
406 Albert Street
East Melbourne VIC 3002
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Course fee: $ 295/$ 250 alumni

What stories emerge when people move from one place to another, one kind of life to another, one identity to another…?

This one-day creative writing course will explore fiction and non-fiction through language, memory, character and place. Drawing on 20+ years of writing and teaching, award-winning author Elise Valmorbida has designed this unique day to explore storytelling inspired by migration.

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Writing Young Adult

with Simmone Howell

20 April - 18 May 2020 (5 weeks)
Mondays, 6.30 - 8.30pm

Allen & Unwin - Melbourne
406 Albert Street
East Melbourne VIC 3002
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Course fee: $ 750/$ 635 alumni

Young Adult Fiction, or 'YA', spans almost every genre, from fantasy to crime to romantic comedy, from covering dystopian worlds to LGBTQ lives. A relatively recent invention, YA is both controversial and hugely popular, with many books surging up bestseller lists and snapping up major film deals.

In this five-week course, we will ask what makes a book a YA book, and what makes a YA book stand out in the market. We'll discuss techniques for drawing on your own young adult self, at the same time as writing fiction that is fresh and immediate for contemporary readers. We'll workshop ideas for planning, plotting and polishing, and consider tips on publishing.

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Nonfiction Bootcamp - including a sample copy-edit on your work

with Martin McKenzie-Murray

2 June - 30 June 2020 (5 weeks)

Allen & Unwin - Melbourne
406 Albert Street
East Melbourne VIC 3002
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Course fee: $ 750/$ 635 alumni

In this five-week course, you will learn the essentials for writing engaging and authentic nonfiction. Whether you’re planning to write first-person memoir or researched reportage, this course will help you find the best way to present your facts. Learn from someone who has successfully written in both modes.

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Writing a Novel Stage 2

with Paddy O'Reilly and Carrie Tiffany

7 July - 15 September 2020 (Three months)

Allen & Unwin - Melbourne
406 Albert Street
East Melbourne VIC 3002
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Course fee: $ 3,250/$ 2762.50 alumni

Learn to write with the best.

A comprehensive, three-month course for writers who have completed Writing a Novel Stage 1 or who have a substantially completed rough or first draft of a novel-in-progress

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Getting Published as a Writer for Children

with Jane Godwin and guest Davina Bell

Saturday 11 July 2020

Allen & Unwin - Melbourne
406 Albert Street
East Melbourne VIC 3002
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Course fee: $ 295/$ 250 alumni

Are you a new writer for children? This one-day course offers an understanding of what goes on inside a publishing house, how publishers make their choices, how to give yourself the best chance of publication and what to expect from the publishing process. Learn more about the industry, explore different ways to build a strong story and become aware of common pitfalls.

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Previous Courses


Please note that some of our previous courses may not be scheduled in the future. Check the website for updated details or subscribe for updates here. For more information or to register your interest, please contact the Faber Writing Academy on (02) 8425 0171 or email: faberwritingacademy@allenandunwin.com

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