The course consists of:
11 x evening sessions (Tuesdays 6.30pm to 8.30pm AEDT) + 3 x full-day sessions (Saturdays 10am to 4pm)
The content listed below is comprehensive but is still a guide only. The exact course content could be adjusted according to the experience and concerns of the group and availability of guest writers. The detail of the course is at the discretion of the course director and Faber Writing Academy at Allen & Unwin.
Session 1: Tuesday 2 March
Introductory Session: Goals, obstacles, desires, finding the essence of your novel, why are you writing? What matters? What are your themes? Why this story?
Session 2: Tuesday 9 March
Beginnings: Research and planning. Establishing your practice. Inspiration and perspiration. Diving in. Using memory and senses.
Session 3: Tuesday 16 March
Character 101: Who is at the heart of your novel? Who is the protagonist? Inventing and observing character.
Session 4: Saturday 20 March
Voice: Who is telling the story? Finding the voice of your novel. Rhythm and tone. Character voice. Finding your voice.
Session 5: Tuesday 23 March
Place: The beginnings of place; setting as inspiration and as character.
Session 6: Tuesday 30 March
Being Gorgeous: Metaphor, language and style.
Session 7: Saturday 10 April
Session 8: Tuesday 13 April
Secondary Characters: Who are your secondary characters, what are their roles? Hearing and seeing them. Physical and psychological description.
Session 9: Tuesday 20 April
Story structure and the shape of your novel. Conflict: Why conflict matters, how to find it, how to use it to escalate drama and tension. Desire and Weakness: What is the desire that drives your novel? Harnessing desire, capturing it on the page.
Session 10: Tuesday 27 April
The Power of Secrets: What is said and what is unsaid. Character secrets; withholding information; what the writer knows.
Session 11: Saturday 1 May
Plotting: Marking out the elements of story and continuing on.
Session 12: Tuesday 4 May
Guest Agent. Eye catching openings.
Session 13: Tuesday 11 May
Point of View.
Session 14: Tuesday 18 May
What Now? How to carry on.