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Getting Published: Insider reveals how to get your foot in the door

Annette Barlowwith Annette Barlow

Allen & Unwin
83 Alexander Street
(Please note access is via stairs)

Course fee: $295 / $250 alumni

A one-day course offering aspiring writers the opportunity to find out what really goes on inside a publishing house, how publishers make their choices and how to improve one's chances of publication. The program will include sessions on sure-fire proposals, editing your first page, opening chapters, how to write a great covering letter and some of the reasons a manuscript may be rejected.

The day will include group sessions along with individual feedback - for this you are required to send in the first two pages of your manuscript at least two weeks ahead of the course date (see under the 'Book' button below).

The course includes:
• A full day of intensive tuition with Annette Barlow from 10am to 4pm
• Lunch and regular tea and coffee breaks.
• A complimentary copy of an A&U publication.
• On completion of the course, alumni discounts on future Faber Writing Academy courses and books from the Allen & Unwin website.

All our class sizes are strictly limited. Book soon to avoid disappointment.

Getting Published is targeted at students who have manuscripts written for the adult market; either fiction or nonfiction. If your manuscript is for young adults, children or is a picture book, Faber Writing Academy also runs Getting Published as a Writer for Children. Please e-mail for further details.

About the Tutor

Annette Barlow has worked in the publishing industry for over 30 years, in bookshops, in sales, in editorial and for over 20 years as a publisher. Her list comprises fiction titles, including the twice Miles Franklin-winner Alex Miller and many successful writers of commercial fiction such as Kate Morton, Fleur MacDonald, Minette Walters and Tony Jones. Her nonfiction titles are mostly memoir and include Jessica Rowe, Mary-Rose MacColl and Eddie Ayres. Annette is the publisher responsible for the annually awarded The Australian/Vogel's Literary Award.

Please note in the event of unforeseen circumstances, courses - including tutors and venues - may be subject to cancellation or change.


N.B. you will be charged a booking fee of 30 cents ($0.30). If you have done a course with us before, you qualify for our alumni discount so add your promotional code at the checkout to receive 15% off the full price, or ring us if you do not know the code on 02 8425 0171.

You are also required to email the first two pages of your manuscript, double-spaced, Times New Roman, Size 12 with your name, the title and the genre in the header or footer. You should email the first two pages from where the story starts, not the prologue, synopses, forewords, etc. Please email your two pages to by Friday 27 July. (You do not need to send it at the same time you book for the course.) You will receive a reminder to do this after you book online.

Please note the writing sample that you send us is the version that will be workshopped on the day. Please carefully consider what you send us as we will not be able to accept a different or updated writing sample at a later date.