Start to Write: Beginners’ Fiction

w/ Peggy Frew

You’ve got a great idea for a story. What do you do next?

Start to Write is the writing series at the Faber Writing Academy designed to kick-start your writing life.

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

3 evenings, 6.30-8.30pm AEDT

Course fee: $220/$187 alumni

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

• 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:

Peggy Frew

Peggy Frew’s work has appeared in New Australian Stories 2, Kill Your Darlings, Meanjin, and The Big Issue. Her novels have been awarded the Victorian Premier’s Literary Award for an Unpublished Manuscript and the Barbara Jefferis Award, shortlisted for the Stella Prize, the Miles Franklin Literary Award, the UTS Glenda Adams Prize for New Writing, and longlisted for…

Course outline


  • Establishing and maintaining a writing practice. Learn how to make time and space for your writing and develop a routine that works for you.
  • Where to start? Different techniques to help you enter the flow of fiction writing.
  • What if I don’t have an idea? How to use the practice of writing to uncover ideas.
  • Writing exercises to get you started.


  • Finding the voice. What is ‘voice’ in writing? How do you know when the voice is working?
  • Place. How to describe and evoke a setting, and how a sense of place can lead to ‘finding’ characters and starting to build your narrative.
  • Writing exercises focusing on voice and place.


  • Character development. Where do characters come from? How to create believable characters using detail and dialogue.
  • Developing plot. To plan or not to plan? Techniques for gaining a big-picture view of your writing.
  • Sharing your work. The benefits of having a writing community. Preparing your work for others to read. Making the most of feedback (and how not to take criticism personally!).
  • Writing exercises on building a character, developing an overview of your project, and making connections with other writers.

Praise for this course

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

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

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