Start to Write: Beginners’ Fiction

w/ Mirandi Riwoe
Have you always wanted to write? It might seem an obvious question, but it’s one all writers need to face: Where do you start?
Start to Write is the writing series at the Faber Writing Academy designed to kick-start your writing life.

Tuesday 23 November, Wednesday 24 November and Thursday 25 November 2021.

3 evenings, 6.30-8.30pm AEDT

Course fee: $195/$165.75 alumni

Over three nights, you’ll get the hands-on teaching you need to start writing fiction from acclaimed novelist Mirandi Riwoe.

• Discover the tools you need to start writing.
• Overcome common problems shared by emerging writers.
• Understand the fundamentals of fiction.
• Meet other writers starting out in a welcoming, supportive online classroom.

Writers you'll be working with:

Mirandi Riwoe

Mirandi Riwoe is the author of Stone Sky Gold Mountain, which won the Queensland Literary Award for Fiction and the inaugural ARA Historical Novel Prize, was shortlisted for the Stella Prize and longlisted for the Miles Franklin Award. Her novella The Fish Girl was shortlisted for the Stella Prize. Mirandi also writes as M.J. Tjia…

Course outline


  • Ideas: where do they come from and how are they generated
  • Starting with an idea: the first stages of writing with an idea
  • First thoughts: how to start when you don’t have a clear idea
  • Writing exercises focused on getting started


  • Writing practice, including reading and writing routine
  • Developing character and setting
  • Momentum: how to maintain enthusiasm for a writing project
  • Writing exercises focused on constructing a story


  • All about story: some archetypal story structures to help you plan your writing
  • Revision: what to look for in the redrafting phase
  • Troubleshooting: some common structural mistakes early writers make
  • Writing exercises focused on revision

Praise for this course

“Awesome course! I’d definitely recommend it to friends.” 2020

“Really practical tips to get started which was great, and what I was hoping for.” 2019 

How to Book

$195.00 – Purchase Includes 10% tax