Writing a Novel Stage 1: Online

w/ Carrie Tiffany and guests

Write your novel, and write it well...

For aspiring novelists ready to leap in, this course will guide you through the process of planning and beginning your novel, developing skills in writing from scratch and establishing a writing practice. Using a combination of targeted writing exercises, group discussion and carefully selected examples, the focus of this course will be on your own writing, with the aim of ending the course with a substantial body of new writing, heading towards a first draft of your novel.

2 March – 18 May 2021 (Three months)

 $ 3,250/ $ 2762.50 alumni
$ 2,762.50 for those who sign up for Writing a Novel – Stage 2 at the same time.

This is a past course.

• Benefit from the structure of regular classes covering everything from the first conception of an idea through to getting words on a page, narrative structure and style.

• Learn from our experienced Course Director, as well as guest tutors including top authors, and agents/publishers.

• Receive personalised, one-to-one attention on your project from your tutor.

• Get it done. When undertaken with Writing a Novel: Stage 2, this is a flexible alternative to a creative writing MA, designed for people who might be considering a career and who are prepared to engage fully in the hard work involved. Apart from the workshops, you will be devoting as much time as possible between classes to writing.

• Receive invaluable feedback by having the chance to present your work to your class of other committed novelists.

• Start your career. There is no better way to get on the road to publication than to meet the people who know how to make that happen.



Graduates who complete Writing a Novel Stage 1 and Stage 2 will have the opportunity to be published in the annual Faber Writing anthology.

Writers you'll be working with:

Carrie Tiffany

Carrie Tiffany was born in West Yorkshire and grew up in Western Australia. She spent her early twenties working as a park ranger in Central Australia and now lives and works in Melbourne. Her first novel, Everyman’s Rules for Scientific Living, was shortlisted for the Orange Prize, the Miles Franklin Literary Award, the Guardian First Book…

Course outline

The course consists of:
11 x evening sessions (Tuesdays 6.30 to 8.30pm AEDT) + 3 x day sessions (Saturdays 12pm – 3pm AEDT)

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

Session 2: Tuesday 9 March
Types of prose, showing and telling

Session 3: Tuesday 16 March

Session 4: Saturday 20 March
Characters major and minor

Session 5: Tuesday 23 March
Point of View

Session 6: Tuesday 30 March
Guest Speaker


Session 7: Saturday 10 April
Exercises and workshopping

Session 8: Tuesday 13 April

Session 9: Tuesday 20 April

Session 10: Tuesday 27 April
Rhythm and pace

Session 11: Saturday 1 May
Guest speaker and more on character

Session 12: Tuesday 4 May
Narrative drive

Session 13: Tuesday 11 May
Guest Speaker

Session 14: Tuesday 18 May
Place & Setting

Please note in the event of unforeseen circumstances, courses – including tutors and venues – may be subject to cancellation or change.

Praise for this course

“Carrie Tiffany was an exceptional instructor. She is one of the most intelligent and thought provoking people I have met who has indisputably improved and impacted my writing like nothing else.” Participant, 2021

“Carrie was just brilliant. She set up the class norms very clearly early on, and fostered a wonderful culture of openness, respect and critical yet constructive feedback.” Participant, 2021

“Our tutor was always committed to our continued improvement and success. We were also lucky to have a lovely group of people in our class, all of whom were supportive and caring.” Participant, 2021

“It’s better than a Masters in Writing course at Swinburne which is the same cost. Far more relevant.” (2020)

[most helpful aspect of the course…] “The classes, the camaraderie with the rest of the class – it just gives you another way to look
at your processes.” (2020)

“This has been such a fantastic course and it has helped my writing immensely.”  (2018)

How to Apply

This is a past course.