The Book Proposal

w/ Richard Cooke

Nonfiction can, in many cases, be sold to a publisher off the strength of a book proposal and a set of sample chapters. In this intensive, practical program you will be taught the essentials of putting together a solid working document to show to agents and publishers as a ‘proof of concept.’

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

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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 time and expert guidance to workshop strong sample chapters and a synopsis with genuine cut through. You will discuss the ‘hook’ of your book – and ensure this is the book that only you can write – and to reflect on what makes your project unique. You will develop a clear understanding of how your manuscript might fit in the marketplace and who its readers will be.

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

Writers you'll be working with:

Richard Cooke

Richard Cooke is the author of Tired of Winning and On Robyn Davidson. He is US Correspondent for the The Monthly, and contributing editor to The Monthly magazine. He has been published by many others, including the Washington Post, The New York Times, The Guardian, The New Republic, WIRED and the Paris Review. His work has been selected for Best Australian Essays, the Washington Post #TRENDING, the Best…

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 Apply

To apply you will need to submit, in a single document:

  • A brief 250 word overview of the project you plan to bring to class
  • A 250 word sample of prose from your work in progress

This process ensures that all applicants are applying for the course best suited to their needs.

Enter your application for The Book Proposal here.