Writing a Novel Stage 2: Online

w/ Carrie Tiffany + guests, including leading industry agents/publishers

Write your novel, and write it well…

This three-month course builds on the work started in Writing a Novel: Stage 1 and is suitable for writers who have completed that course, or who have a substantially completed rough or first draft of a novel-in-progress. This course will develop craft and technical skills required to turn a rough draft into a work of art. Using exercises focused on your own work, you’ll finish the course with a deep understanding of the novelists’ craft and how it applies to your own novel.

6 July – 14 September 2021 (3 months)

$3,250 / $2,760 alumni

• Benefit from the structure of regular classes covering everything from playing with genre, the power of what is unspoken and using scenes and narrative summary to maintain momentum.

• Learn from our experienced Course Directors, 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 1, 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 with unrivalled access to those who know. There is no better way to get on the road to publication than to meet the people who know how to make that happen. Hear talks from people in the industry, then read to a room of agents at course completion.

Please note that while Writing a Novel: Stage 1 and Writing a Novel: Stage 2 are designed to build on each other, each may be taken as a stand-alone course. Talk to us if you need guidance on which one is best for you.

Students completing Writing a Novel Stage 1 will have first preference for places in Writing a Novel Stage 2. Places for new students can only be offered if an existing student chooses to discontinue. We will advise new applicants of the availability of places as soon as possible.


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

The Anthology is  distributed to Australian publishers and literary agents ensuring the work of students is seen by influential decision makers throughout the Australian publishing world.

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 Tuesday evenings (6.30pm to 8.30pm) + 3 Saturdays

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 directors and Faber Writing Academy at Allen & Unwin.

Session 1: Tuesday 6 July
Course outline and introduction

Session 2: Tuesday 13 July
Object and detail

Session 3: Saturday 17 July
Plot and structure

Session 4: Tuesday 20 July

Session 5: Tuesday 27 July
Genre and anti-genre

Session 6: Tuesday 3 August
Themes and symbolism

Session 7: Saturday 7 August
Redrafting boot camp

Session 8: Tuesday 10 August
Research and believability

Session 9: Tuesday 17 August

Session 10: Tuesday 24 August

Session 11: Saturday 28 August
Acting coach and A&U editor

Session 12: Tuesday 31 August
Guest speaker: Publisher

Session 13: Tuesday 7 September
Guest speaker: Agent

Session 14: Tuesday 14 September
Where to from here? Planning and enabling

After the conclusion of the program, students will have an option to take part in the launch of the Faber Writing Academy Anthology 2021 which includes industry guests.

Praise for this course

“It was a highly enjoyable course and the tutors both terrific in terms of their mastery of the craft and teaching skills.” (2019)

[most valuable outcome]… “Advice/ tips on resonance and symbolism and alternative beginnings – and the sessions on writing synopses and pitching were all excellent.” (2020)

‘Every week I learnt new tools which I could use straight away. It helped me at a macro and micro level. The teaching style made me want to write more and gave me confidence in my own writing. The course exceeded my expectations.’ – Rob McDonald, 2016 Rob McDonald’s first novel was published by Allen and Unwin in 2019.


How to Apply

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

  • A letter briefly stating any writing experience
  • An overview of the idea for your novel and its present stage of development
  • A 1,500-word sample of prose

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

Enter your application for Writing a Novel Stage 2 here.