Start to Write

w/ Miles Allinson and Emily Bitto

Have you always wanted to write fiction? Everyone needs to start somewhere and Start to Write is the course designed to get you across the basics, as you begin to generate ideas and get the very first words of your concept down on the page.

Saturday 9 November, 10am – 4pm

Faber Writing Academy at Kathleen Syme Library

Kathleen Syme Library
251 Faraday St,
Carlton VIC 3053


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In this one-day program, you’ll get the hands-on teaching you need to start writing fiction from Emily Bitto and Miles Allinson. Working with Emily and Miles, alongside your fellow classmates, you will:

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

This course is designed to help you foster ideas, play with structure and techniques, and get your words going – plus practical advice on ‘where to next’. Interactivity is encouraged throughout, and there will be space for questions and answers during each session.

Your course includes:

  • A complimentary copy of a recent A&U publication.
  • On completion of the course, alumni discount of 15% on future Faber Writing Academy courses and, including Writing a Novel.


Writers you'll be working with:

Miles Allinson

Miles Allinson is a writer from Melbourne. His first novel, Fever of Animals won the Victorian Premier’s Literary Award for an Unpublished Manuscript in 2014 among other prizes. His second novel In Moonland was published in 2021 and won the Age Book of the Year Prize for Fiction in 2022. He has a Bachelor of Creative Arts and a Post…

Emily Bitto

Emily Bitto is an award-winning writer of fiction, poetry and non-fiction. Her debut novel, The Strays, was the winner of the Stella Prize in 2015. Her second novel, Wild Abandon, was published by Allen & Unwin in 2021. She has a Masters in Literary Studies and a PhD in Creative Writing from the University of Melbourne and has…

Course outline

Morning – Part 1: Freedom (The Ecstasy of Influence) 

  • Ways of beginning
  • Imitation and invention
  • Tapping the energy
  • Surprising yourself
  • Suspending disbelief
  • Finding your question
  • A rough first draft

Midday – Part 2: Form (Elements of Storytelling) 

  • Voice
  • Drama
  • Scene and summary
  • Showing and telling
  • Dialogue

Afternoon – Part 3: Generosity (Failing and Failing Better) 

  • Befriending your reader (or not)
  • Redrafting for economy, accuracy, and truth
  • Common mistakes and how to learn from them
  • What now?


How to Book

$195.00 – Purchase Includes 10% tax