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The Secret Life of Getting Published

with Sue Hines

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

A one-day course offering aspiring and emerging writers the opportunity to discover what really goes on inside a publishing house, how experienced publishers make their decisions and how to improve the chances of your manuscript being considered for 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. You will be led by a publisher with decades of industry experience at the highest level in Australia.

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 ‘How to Apply’ below).

The course is appropriate for writers at all levels.

The course includes:
• A full day of intensive tuition 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.

The Secret Life of 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

Sue Hines was, until her retirement, the Group Publishing Director at Allen & Unwin and Murdoch Books where she was responsible for the company's publishing and managed the publishing teams. Her career stretches back over thirty-five years to the independent publishing house McPhee Gribble, when that company was the powerhouse of Australian literary publishing. Sue has been a publisher of fiction, non-fiction and illustrated books. She retired at the end of 2016 but continues to do some consulting work with Allen & Unwin. She has taught Faber Writing Academy’s The Secret Life of Getting Published course for the last eight years.

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

How to book:

N.B. you will be charged a booking fee of 50 cents ($0.50).

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 send the first two pages from where the story starts, not the prologue, synopses, forewords, etc. Please send your two pages to by Friday 26 April.The writing sample can be sent separately to the application form as long as it reaches us by 26 April.

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.