The Book Proposal

w/ Richard Cooke

A book proposal is the audition for a non-fiction book. Many non-fiction works, especially from debut authors, are sold off the strength of a proposal and a sample chapter. In this intensive, practical program, you will learn the essentials of putting these working documents together, so agents and publishers can understand your concept’s strength.

6 July – 10 September

6 x  evening sessions 6.30 – 8.30pm – 2 x Saturday sessions 10am – 4pm



Allen & Unwin – Sydney

Faber Writing Academy at Allen & Unwin – Sydney
83 Alexander Street
Crows Nest NSW 2065

Course fee: $ 1,200/$ 1,020 alumni

Building on the foundational skills of writing nonfiction—concept proofing, research and reporting, genre conventions, understanding personal connection to material, structure and form—this tailored program is designed to give you dedicated space to build a compelling and captivating book proposal.

Working with acclaimed nonfiction writer Richard Cooke, you will have the time and expert guidance to workshop strong sample chapters, and create a synopsis with genuine cut-through. You will finesse the ‘hook’ of your book, so it reflects what makes your project unique. You will develop a clear understanding of how your manuscript might fit in the marketplace, who its readers will be, and how only you can write your book.

This course will cover foundational topics across six sessions to intensive workshopping over two Saturdays, to shape and finalise your book proposal.

The Book Proposal will be taught in person in Sydney but students from across Australia and New Zealand, who live outside of Sydney, can attend via Zoom.

Writers you'll be working with:

Richard Cooke

A former columnist of the year, Richard Cooke is the author of Tired of Winning and On Robyn Davidson. He is a contributing editor to The Monthly magazine, and its former US Correspondent. He has been published by many others, including the Washington Post, The New York Times, The Guardian, The New Republic, WIRED and…

Course outline

Section A
Class 1: Wednesday, July 6
Class 2: Wednesday, July 13
Class 3: Wednesday, July 20

Workshop 1: Saturday, July 30

Section B
Class 1: Wednesday, August 17
Class 2: Wednesday, August 24
Class 3: Wednesday, August 31
Workshop 2: Saturday, September 10

How to Book

Purchase Includes 10% tax

To secure your place in The Book Proposal with Richard Cooke you can pay either the deposit ($ 300/$ 255 alumni) or the full course fee ($ 1200/$ 1020 alumni).

If you pay the deposit only, two further payments of $ 450/$ 382.50 alumni will be required, the first by 20 July and the second by 24 August 2022. Payment instructions will be sent closer to the time.

If you pay the full course fee no further payments are required.