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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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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


The Agent Engagement with Jacinta di Mase
FULLY BOOKED - use the booking button to join the waitlist.

Thursday 8 October, 6.30pm – 7.30pm (Q&A session)
PLUS a 25 minute consultation on Saturday 10 October (between 10am – 2pm)

ONLINE

Course fee: $ 395/$ 335.75 alumni

Securing a literary agent is often an important step towards publication, with an agent acting as an intermediary between writer and publisher. But how do you know if you’re ready to submit your manuscript to an agent for consideration? It is hard for any writer to know if their work is really ready – an opinion from an expert is invaluable.

In this unique opportunity, you will be given feedback on your work and whether your manuscript is sound for submission. You'll also have the chance to discuss where your work fits into the current marketplace and be able to consult with a leading literary agent about what your next steps should be.

In addition, on completion of this meeting, you will receive a professional copy-edit on your submitted work from a Senior Editor, which will not only help improve your copy but give you an insight into how the editorial process works for books heading to market.

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The Agent Engagement (YA & Middle Grade) with Danielle Binks: A one-on-one meeting with a leading literary agent

FULLY BOOKED - use the booking button to join the waitlist
10 October 2020

ONLINE

Consultation fee: $ 250/$ 210 alumni

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 advice on whether your manuscript is sound for submission.

More about The Agent Engagement (YA & Middle Grade) with Danielle Binks


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.

More about Writing Young Adult with Jenna Guillaume


Writing and Advocacy: A Special One-off Seminar with Arnold Zable

ONLINE

10am – 1pm, Saturday 17 October

Course fee: $95/$ 80.75 alumni

Writing has the power to create empathy and take the reader to other worlds and experiences.

Drawing on over thirty years of experience in the craft of story, and of writing across genres on many aspects of social justice—drawing also on renowned examples across a range of genres—Arnold Zable’s seminar will include feedback on the participant’s projects, Q and A, an exercise, and discussions on the art of story and advocacy. It will also introduce some of the seminal works across the genres, both Australian and international, that have broken silences, exposed injustice, and contributed to significant social change

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The Publisher Package with Annette Barlow
FULLY BOOKED - use the booking button to join the waitlist.

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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Start to Write: Fiction - with Gretchen Shirm and James Bradley

ONLINE

Tuesday 10 November, Wednesday 11 November and Thursday 12 November 2020
3 evenings, 6.30-8.30pm

Course fee: $ 195/$ 165.75 alumni

You've got a great idea for a story. What do you do next? Start to Write is the writing series at the Faber Writing Academy designed to kick-start your writing life.

Over three nights, you'll get the hands-on teaching you need to start writing from acclaimed tutor and novelist Gretchen Shirm, with a guest appearance from James Bradley.

• Discover the tools you need to start writing.
• Overcome common problems shared by emerging writers.
• Understand the fundamentals of fiction.

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Start to Write: Poetry - with Omar Sakr

ONLINE

Tuesday 17 November, Wednesday 18 November and Thursday 19 November 2020
3 evenings, 6.30-8.30pm

Course fee: $ 195/$ 165.75 alumni

Are you starting to explore writing poems? If you're thinking about poetry, this is the place to start generating ideas and thinking about form.

Start to Write is the writing series at the Faber Writing Academy designed to kick-start your writing life.

Over three nights, you'll get the hands-on teaching you need to start writing from acclaimed tutor and poet Omar Sakr.

• Discover the tools you need to start writing.
• Overcome common problems shared by emerging writers.
• Understand the fundamentals of writing poetry.

More about Start to Write: Poetry - with Omar Sakr


Start to Write: Nonfiction - with Patti Miller

ONLINE

Tuesday 24 November, Wednesday 25 November and Thursday 26 November 2020
3 evenings, 6.30-8.30pm

Course fee: $ 195/$ 165.75 alumni

Do you have a true story to tell? Is it your story, or the story of someone else? Start to Write is the writing series at the Faber Writing Academy designed to kick-start your writing life.

Over three nights, you'll get the hands-on teaching you need to start writing from acclaimed tutor and memoirist Patti Miller.

• Discover the tools you need to start writing.
• Overcome common problems shared by emerging writers.
• Understand the fundamentals of nonfiction.

More about Start to Write: Nonfiction - with Patti Miller


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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