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The Secret Life of Getting Published

Annette Barlowwith Annette Barlow

Saturday 6 April 2019

Allen & Unwin
83 Alexander Street
CROWS NEST NSW 2065
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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 lead 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 Book’ below).

The course is appropriate for writers at all levels.

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.

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 faberwritingacademy@allenandunwin.com 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.


How to book:


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 send the first two pages from where the story starts, not the prologue, synopses, forewords, etc. Please send your two pages to faberwritingacademy@allenandunwin.com by Friday 22 March.The writing sample can be sent separately to the application form as long as it reaches us by 22 March.

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.