Faber Writing Academy News
Louis Decrevel on Writing for Children and opening the floodgates
In 2021 Louis Decrevel was on the verge of quitting as a writer for children but then found a community. What happened next?
Brooke Scobie winner of the 2021 First Nations Scholarship
Brooke Scobie writes about a year that was challenging but built confidence and made her ‘a brand-new shiny writer’.
Jane O’Sullivan, 2021 Scholarship winner, on a bag full of writing tools
Jane O’Sullivan, 2021 Scholarship recipient on a lifetime’s supply of practical fiction writing techniques.
Magdalena McGuire, a 2021 Faber Writing Scholarship winner, reflects
One of our 2021 scholarship recipients for Writing a Novel in Melbourne reflects on her year studying with Sophie Cunningham and Emily Bitto.
James Bradley on writing about the biggest issue facing our society
James Bradley’s new course Writing Environmental Crisis shows how fiction can explore the impacts of climate change and reimagine the world.
Jack Colwell tricks himself into reading and discovers a new morning ritual
Songwriter Jack Colwell joined Anwen Crawford’s course Writing About Art and came away with a new reading group.
Special supported places for writers affected by lockdowns
Apply to join Kickstart Your Novel with Pip Smith for free. For writers in New South Wales, Victoria and Queensland.
Writing your first novel – know where the ‘heat’ is with Pip Smith
Pip Smith was a Faber Writing Scholarship winner and now leads our program Kickstart Your Novel: The Opening Chapter and Beyond.
Debuts in the news – In The Quiet with Katelin Farnsworth
Cate Carlton has recently died yet is somehow able to watch her family from the afterlife. In the Quiet is a striking debut.
Debuts in the news – Looking for Alibrandi with Crystal Corocher
The eloquence of buzz phrases like ‘representation matters’ didn’t exist 25 years ago when I was a wog girl growing up in the bush.
Debuts in the news – The Serpent’s Secret with Kellie Byrnes
The Serpent’s Secret, written by Sayantani Dasgupta, is a humorous, action-packed middle-grade fantasy debut.
Debuts in the news – We Need New Names with Sarah Halfpenny
Like all of my favourite stories, NovioletBulawayo’s We Need New Names, opened the door to a world vastly different to the one I inhabit.
From the project manager of The Faber Writing Anthology
Tessa Feggans has worked on three editions of the Faber Writing Anthology – but is now a commissioning editor.
Writing a Novel Stage 1 for 2021 ends so where to next…
As the 2021 classes in Writing a Novel Stage 1 near completion we asked our scholarship winners what they’ve learnt and what’s next.
Congratulations Gabriella Kelly-Davies – book to publish in August 2021
Gabriella Kelly-Davies’ biography Breaking through the pain barrier has been signed by Hawkeye Books in Queensland.
Congratulations Ali Lowe – world rights sold in a two book deal
Hodder & Stoughton have acquired world rights to Ali Lowe’s debut novel The Trivia Night in a two book deal.
Advice for YA Writers from Hilary Reynolds, Senior Editor at Allen & Unwin
We asked Hilary Reynolds, Senior Editor for Children’s & YA books, for her top tips on the best ways to keep YA readers engaged.
Drusilla Modjeska on the terrain between fiction and nonfiction
We asked Drusilla Modjeska to talk about hybrid forms of writing and how she’ll be reading applications for her new course.
The Crime Fiction Lab and our tutors’ crime writing processes
Want to know just how practical The Crime Fiction Lab is for real crime writers? We asked our tutors R.W.R. McDonald and Katherine Kovacic.