What makes a great application for Writing a Novel? (Part 2)

We asked Kathryn Heyman and Margo Lanagan what they’re hoping to discover when they read applications for ‘Writing a Novel’.

If you are applying for Writing a Novel Stage 1 in Sydney, it would be a great idea to read through these key points and check through your application to make sure you’re giving yourself the best chance of being selected.


PROMISE AND POTENTIAL

We’re looking for promise, for potential – a sense that the writer is excited by the story.

FACILITY WITH LANGUAGE

Perfection obviously isn’t the point yet (we’ll help you get to that) but we do want to see a facility with language, or at least a comfortable relationship with it.

INTRIGUING PREMISE

It also helps when there is an intriguing premise for the story – why are *you* interested in the world you’re creating? Clarity around that will make us interested too!

A RICH WORLD

It’s lovely to have a sense of a rich world the author has in mind – but don’t feel that you have to explain everything in this extract.

INTERESTING CHARACTERS

Strong or interesting characters will always keep us reading, as will a sense of forward momentum leading through and beyond the extract.

YOUR STORY

Fundamentally, your application is a reflection of the things that make you and your story particular to you.

Kathryn Heyman and Margo Lanagan


Applications for first round offers close 30 November 2020

Sydney: Writing a Novel with Kathryn Heyman and Margo Lanagan

Melbourne: Writing a Novel with Sophie Cunningham and Emily Bitto

Brisbane: Writing a Novel with Kristina Olsson and guests

Online: Writing a Novel with Carrie Tiffany and guests