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Author to Author: Project plan your manuscript with one-on-one consultations with a leading writer

Ongoing dates - negotiated individually

ONLINE

This is an opportunity to forge ahead with your work in progress. You will be paired with a leading author for a series of fortnightly one-on-one consultation sessions to discuss your work, and help you negotiate the roadblocks and challenges you might be facing. The sessions provide a forum to keep you accountable for producing work to regular deadlines. Consider the author we connect you with as a partner to provide guidance and important feedback.

5 x fortnightly meetings (10 weeks): $1900 full price / $1615 alumni
Includes 2 rounds of edits on a piece up to 3000 words

10 x fortnightly meetings (20 weeks): $3230 full price / $2745.50 alumni
Includes 2 rounds of edits on a piece up to 9000 words

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The Crime Fiction Lab with R.W.R. McDonald and Katherine Kovacic

ONLINE

5 August - 2 September (5 weeks)
Wednesdays, 6.30-8.30pm

Course fee: $ 620/$ 527 alumni

This five-week course dives into the elements of Crime Fiction, discussing the sub-genres and rules, exploring the various types protagonists and the ways crime stories can be told. Each week class exercises will help develop these elements in your own writing, whether you have a work in progress, or the glimmer of a story idea. We will interrogate your suspects, examine your clues, attend your crime scenes and apprehend your criminal. With special guests Craig Sisterson, Sarah Bailey and Chris Hammer.

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The Opening Chapter: Starting Fiction Strong with Kristina Olsson

ONLINE

20 August - 8 October (8 weeks)
Thursdays, 6.30-8.30pm

Course fee: $ 1,300/$ 1,105 alumni

This is where you start. Have you struggled to get the first words down in a project? During this 8-week course you will be part of a supportive learning environment designed to get you started on your dream work of fiction and to finish the opening chapter of your work in progress. Your tutor will work with you to begin a project plan to get you to keep working once the first chapter is done.

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Getting Published as a Writer for Children with Jane Godwin and guest Davina Bell

ONLINE

Monday 24 August, Wednesday 26 August, Thursday 27 August
3 evenings, 6.30-8.30pm

Course fee: $ 295/$ 250 alumni

Are you a new writer for children? This online 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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Writing a Life with Arnold Zable

ONLINE

2 - 30 September 2020 (5 weeks)
Wednesday evenings, 6.30-8.30pm

Course fee: $ 620/ $ 527 alumni

There are many ways of writing a life. Stories drawn from life, tales of journeys and family history can range from memoir to autobiography; from short story to novel; from personal journal to biography. Or they can be written just for family.

Drawing on thirty years of experience both as an acclaimed writer across the genres and as a lecturer and teacher, Arnold Zable's new 5-week program will explore the most imaginative and engaging ways to structure and write a life's story. It will include writing exercises, feedback, mini-talks, and question and answer sessions.

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Page Perfect: Editing Your Own Writing
- includes a copy-edit of a sample of your work by a Senior Editor.

ONLINE

7 October - 4 November 2020 (5 weeks)
Wednesday evenings, 6.30-8.30pm

Course fee: $ 620/ $ 527 alumni

Revision and redrafting are essential parts of building a successful manuscript so learning to edit yourself, often before you are working with an actual editor, is an essential step in learning how to write well.

This course will tackle many questions. What is the difference between a structural and copy edit? How do you keep track of your style? How do you pare things back when they are getting unruly? What should you hold on to and what should you let go?

More about Page Perfect: Editing Your Own Writing with Angela Meyer


Writing Young Adult
- includes a copy-edit of a sample of your work by a Senior Editor.

with Jenna Guillaume

ONLINE

15 October - 12 November 2020 (5 weeks)
Thursday evenings, 6.30-8.30pm

Course fee: $ 550/ $ 467.50 alumni

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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The Publisher Package with Annette Barlow

ONLINE

Individual 25-minute consultations on Saturday 24 October 2020

Consultation fee: $ 395/$ 335 alumni

Navigating the literary marketplace can be daunting for new and emerging writers. This unique package will give you an experience of the industry that is normally reserved for writers represented by an agent or already signed by a publisher. This is the ideal professional development program for aspiring writers.

Includes a copy edit on a 3000-word sample of your manuscript by a Senior Editor

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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 us at faberwritingacademy@allenandunwin.com

Previous online courses

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