Success for Writing a Novel graduates


Allen & Unwin is excited to be publishing ZEROES into the Australian and New Zealand market. This YA trilogy is a brilliant collaboration by three incredibly talented authors, one of which is a Faber Writing Academy graduate. ZEROES is a compelling superhero story with terrifically complex characters by Scott Westerfeld, Margo Lanagan and 2012 Writing a Novel graduate, Deborah Biancotti. The first book - Zeroes - will be published simultaneously with Simon & Schuster in the US & UK in October 2015 and the sequels will follow in October 2016 and October 2017. 'ZEROES is without a doubt the coolest YA fiction I have read in some time.' - Eva Mills, Publishing Director, Children & Young Adults.

Deborah Biancotti says of the Writing a Novel course 'It's a really great course. James [Bradley] was really helpful to me during my 2012 Faber experience. The novel I was working on at the time is now in the hands of my new agent.'

Meanwhile Debra Jopson, who did our Writing a Novel course in 2011, has her first novel coming out with Random House. Oliver of the Levant is released in 2016. Debra says 'Thanks to all at Faber Academy. I learnt so much doing that course.'

In 2014 Joanne Riccioni, who also graduated the Writing a Novel course in 2011, had her debut novel published by Scribe in Australia and the UK. The Italians at Cleat's Corner Store garnered great reviews and was much enjoyed by Faber Writing Academy staff. Joanne says '(Faber Writing Academy) gave me a much needed framework and deadlines to work seriously on my novel with the benefit of proper feedback from experienced novelists. Listening to the guest authors reveal their writing processes and offer practical advice to new writers was priceless. Almost as importantly, the weekly meetings and day workshops with other attendees, all grappling with their own books, dispersed a little of the loneliness of writing and became a kind of mutual therapy that I think we all missed very much when the course ended.'