Announcing Faber Academy Newcastle

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We’re thrilled to announce the launch of a brand new range of courses to be held in Newcastle.

Working in partnership with New Writing North, Faber Academy will host a variety of courses at The Common Room, a heritage building with a rich history in innovation. These will include our flagship six-month Writing a Novel course with lead tutor Preti Taneja, winner of this year’s Gordon Burn Prize. Other planned courses include Getting Started: Beginners’ Fiction with Margaret Wilkinson, Writing Poems with Pippa Little and John Challis, Writing Crime with Trevor Wood and Memoir and Life Writing with Lucie Brownlee.

The courses will launch in March 2023, and we will be extending our scholarship programme to offer free places to students who would otherwise be unable to attend.

Joey Connolly, Director of Faber Academy, said, ‘As a writer and a northerner myself, being able to bring Faber Academy to the North is perhaps the most exciting initiative of my career to date. Newcastle and the North East have such a vibrant literary culture already, so to be able to find ways to work within that, and to contribute to it, is a genuine source of personal pride as well as an exciting new chapter for Faber Academy.’

Mary Cannam, Faber’s Managing Director, said, ‘I am delighted we are about to launch the Faber Academy in Newcastle. The North East is a very special area, which harbours immense talent, and it is extremely exciting to be working with the Common Room and New Writing North in this new venture.’

Chief Executive of New Writing North, Claire Malcolm, said, ‘New Writing North is delighted to welcome Faber to Newcastle, and its arrival is both a cause for celebration and a milestone on our journey to making the North East the best place in the country to develop your craft as a writer. For Faber to choose Newcastle as its first outside-of-London location speaks a great deal to how buzzing the city is with writers, aspiring writers and the publishers and organisations that support them. We look forward to supporting the Academy in its new home and to working with Faber to extend the initiatives around publishing and industry insight that we already deliver with them and greatly value.’

Faber Academy launched in London in 2008, with an online programme beginning in 2010; it has since also run one-off courses in Dublin, Glasgow, Paris and Toronto. Its award-winning and globally bestselling alumni includes S J Watson, Alice Feeney, Rachel Joyce, Joanna Cannon, Ali Land and Gail Honeyman, alongside recent Booker longlistee Maddie Mortimer, Sunday Times bestseller Saara El-Arifi and Natasha Brown, whose debut novel Assembly was shortlisted for the Folio, Goldsmiths and Betty Trask prizes and saw her named as one of the Observer’s ten best debut novelists of 2021. Over 170 alumni have secured publication deals so far.

In partnership with Allen & Unwin, the Faber Writing Academy in Australia also offers courses in Sydney, Brisbane and Melbourne.

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