Writing a Novel

For aspiring and emerging novelists ready to dive in and commit to completing a full manuscript, this year-long program will guide you through the process of planning and plotting your novel, while developing essential skills in writing, and establishing a dedicated writing practice.

The Faber Writing Academy at Allen & Unwin offers you the unique opportunity to learn the essentials of creative writing within Australia’s leading independent publisher. The benefits of studying Writing A Novel with us include:

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

• Dedicated guidance from your experienced Course Director, as well as guest tutors drawn from a community of highly respected authors.

• A personalised individual consultation on your project from your Course Director.

• The chance to workshop your novel-in-progress in a supportive small-group setting with limited participant numbers.

• The ability to connect with fellow committed novelists, building a close-knit community of trusted readers. The connections made during this course will support and foster your work for years to come.

• The opportunity to establish valuable industry connections with key insiders from the Australian publishing. There is no better way to get on the road to publication than to meet the people who know how to make that happen.

Applications for Writing a Novel Stage 2, 2022 are now open.

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 a rough or first draft of a novel-in-progress.

Please note that 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.

In all locations Writing a Novel Stage 2 runs from July – October 2022.

Writing a Novel Stage 2 – Brisbane with Kristina Olsson and Emily O’Grady
Writing a Novel Stage 2 – Melbourne with Sophie Cunningham and Emily Bitto
Writing a Novel Stage 2 – Melbourne with Miles Allinsons and Emily Bitto
Writing a Novel Stage 2 – Sydney with Margo Lanagan and Gretchen Shirm

2022 Faber Writing Scholarships for Writing a Novel

The recipients of the 2022 Faber Writing Scholarships for Writing a Novel has been announced.

Meet them here.


Information, bookings and enquiries

For more information about the Faber Writing Academy at Allen & Unwin and any of the courses listed, please contact us:

E: faberwritingacademy@allenandunwin.com
T: 02 8425 0171

If you are booking, please read our Terms and Conditions first.