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Novel Writing Courses

Our novel writing courses are designed for writers who are serious about learning to write a novel, from initial idea to final draft.

Our novel writing courses: an overview

We offer a range of novel writing workshops, including our flagship Writing a Novel course. With flexible online and in-person options, get the most out of your writing time and get those words on the page.

Some of our novel writing courses are selective, meaning that you’ll need to apply.

You’ll benefit from the expertise of your tutor and the support of your classmates, as well as the unique industry insight of taking a course within one of the great independent publishing houses.

Who are these courses for?

Aspiring novelists

There's a long road between having a great idea for a novel and getting it onto the page. These courses will guide you through each step.

Stuck novelists

Writer's block is real – and losing your confidence is a major culprit. Brush up your skills, meet like-minded writers and find your stride again.

Writers ready for a change

Have experience writing short stories, poetry or screenplays but no idea where to start on a novel? Learn and hone the skills you'll need to move into long form prose.

Novel Writing Courses (48)

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Fiction Development, Novel Writing

Writing a Novel (Online)

A serious but flexible course for committed writers, with access to leading industry experts and round-the-clock support from our team.

Level

Advanced

What do these levels mean?

Location

Online

Length

6 month +

Tutors

Tom Bromley, Rowan Hisayo Buchanan, Lee Weatherly

By Application

Start Date

Wednesday 19 Jan 2022

1 more start date available

Application Deadline

Sunday 02 Jan 2022

£2500
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Fiction Development, Novel Writing

Writing a Novel (Evening)

A comprehensive six-month writing course for the serious writer, with access to some of the biggest names in publishing.

Level

Advanced

What do these levels mean?

Location

London

Length

6 month +

Tutors

Richard T. Kelly, Joanna Briscoe, Sarah May, Sabrina Broadbent

By Application

Start Date

Tuesday 18 Jan 2022

Application Deadline

Friday 31 Dec 2021

£4000
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Fiction Development, Novel Writing

Writing a Novel (Daytime)

A comprehensive six-month writing course for the serious writer, with access to some of the biggest names in publishing.

Level

Advanced

What do these levels mean?

Location

London

Length

6 month +

Tutors

Nikesh Shukla, Shelley Weiner

By Application

Start Date

Tuesday 18 Jan 2022

1 more start date available

Application Deadline

Friday 31 Dec 2021

£4000
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Fiction Development, Novel Writing

Masterclass: Plotting

One of a series of ten intensive, impactful masterclasses from Faber Academy's Director of Fiction.

Level

Advanced

What do these levels mean?

Location

Online

Length

1-5 days

Tutors

Richard Skinner

Start Date

Monday 29 Nov 2021

£75
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Fiction Development, Novel Writing

Start to Write

A no-excuses, let’s-get-going, beginners' creative writing course to kickstart your writing life.

Level

Starting out

What do these levels mean?

Location

Online

Length

1-5 days

Tutors

Sarah May

Start Date

Saturday 11 Dec 2021

4 more start dates available

£100
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Fiction Development, Novel Writing

Start to Write

A no-excuses, let’s-get-going, beginners' creative writing course to kickstart your writing life.

Level

Starting out

What do these levels mean?

Location

London

Length

1-5 days

Tutors

Richard Skinner

Start Date

Saturday 18 Dec 2021

14 more start dates available

£100
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Fiction Development, Novel Writing

Start to Write

A no-excuses, let’s-get-going, beginners' creative writing course to kickstart your writing life.

Level

Starting out

What do these levels mean?

Location

Online

Length

1-5 days

Tutors

Sarah May

Start Date

Saturday 08 Jan 2022

4 more start dates available

£100
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Crime, Fiction Development, Novel Writing

Getting Started: Beginners' Fiction

Everything you need to call yourself a writer – discipline, craft skills and a great group of people to work with – in one online writing course experience.

Level

Starting out

What do these levels mean?

Location

Online

Length

1-4 weeks

Tutors

Helen Shipman

Start Date

Monday 10 Jan 2022

£350
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Fiction Development, Novel Writing

The Writer's Toolkit

Take your writing to the next level with this online writing retreat.

Level

Improving

What do these levels mean?

Location

Online

Length

1-5 days

Tutors

Marcel Theroux

Start Date

Monday 17 Jan 2022

£450
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Crime, Fiction Development, Novel Writing, Short Story

Create Brilliant Characters

Discover the secrets of successful character creation, and try out failsafe techniques to bring your own characters to life.

Level

Improving

What do these levels mean?

Location

Online

Length

1-4 weeks

Tutors

Tom Bromley

Start Date

Monday 17 Jan 2022

£120
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Crime, Fiction Development, Novel Writing

Kickstart Your Novel

Take your writing to the next level, and develop both the technical skill and the narrative momentum to really get stuck into your novel.

Level

Improving

What do these levels mean?

Location

Online

Length

5-12 weeks

Tutors

Ayisha Malik, Susmita Bhattacharya

Start Date

Monday 17 Jan 2022

£495
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Fiction Development, Novel Writing

Writing Fiction

Whether you're just starting out or trying to revitalise your writing process, find your feet in fiction with this intensive twelve-week course – and learn to write in a way that belongs entirely to you.

Level

Improving

What do these levels mean?

Location

London

Length

5-12 weeks

Tutors

Keith Ridgway

Start Date

Tuesday 18 Jan 2022

1 more start date available

£995
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Fiction Development, Novel Writing

Getting Started: Beginners' Fiction

A twelve-week creative writing course for beginners. Playful, serious and fun, it asks what writing is and why we do it.

Level

Starting out

What do these levels mean?

Location

London

Length

5-12 weeks

Tutors

Sue Gee

Start Date

Wednesday 19 Jan 2022

£995
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Fiction Development, Novel Writing

Finish Your Draft

Find the focus and drive to finish your novel with a supportive group of fellow writers and a great tutor to keep you on track.

Level

Advanced

What do these levels mean?

Location

Online

Length

6 month +

Tutors

Tom Bromley

By Application

Start Date

Monday 24 Jan 2022

Application Deadline

Sunday 09 Jan 2022

£1650
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Crime, Novel Writing, Short Story

Fiction Skills: Plot

Create storylines that keep readers turning those pages in this self-paced online course.

Level

Improving

What do these levels mean?

Location

Online

Length

1-4 weeks

Tutors

Tom Bromley

Start Date

Monday 24 Jan 2022

£120
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Crime, Fiction Development, Novel Writing

Writing Crime

Learn the secrets of the UK's most popular genre and begin work on your own crime novel in this eight-week online course.

Level

Improving

What do these levels mean?

Location

Online

Length

5-12 weeks

Tutors

Andrew Wilson

Start Date

Monday 31 Jan 2022

1 more start date available

£495
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Fiction Development, Non-fiction, Novel Writing, Short Story

Read Like a Writer

Read wider, read smarter and find new ways to get your words onto the page.

Level

Improving

What do these levels mean?

Location

Online

Length

1-4 weeks

Tutors

Tom Bromley

Start Date

Monday 31 Jan 2022

£120
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Fiction Development, Novel Writing

Start to Write

A no-excuses, let’s-get-going, beginners' creative writing course to kickstart your writing life.

Level

Starting out

What do these levels mean?

Location

Online

Length

1-5 days

Tutors

Sarah May

Start Date

Saturday 19 Feb 2022

4 more start dates available

£100
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Fiction Development, Novel Writing

Writing YA

Young Adult fiction is one of the boldest forms of recent times – learn how to write for the most passionate and discerning audience out there.

Level

Improving

What do these levels mean?

Location

Online

Length

5-12 weeks

Tutors

Lee Weatherly

Start Date

Monday 21 Feb 2022

1 more start date available

£495
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Crime, Fiction Development, Non-fiction, Novel Writing, Short Story

Fiction Skills: Research

Learn how to convert dry facts and higgledy-piggledy materials into compelling stories packed with atmosphere.

Level

Improving

What do these levels mean?

Location

Online

Length

1-4 weeks

Tutors

Philip Marsden

Start Date

Monday 21 Feb 2022

£120
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Fiction Development, Novel Writing

Start to Write

A no-excuses, let’s-get-going, beginners' creative writing course to kickstart your writing life.

Level

Starting out

What do these levels mean?

Location

London

Length

1-5 days

Tutors

Richard Skinner

Start Date

Saturday 26 Feb 2022

14 more start dates available

£100
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Crime, Fiction Development, Novel Writing, Short Story

Fiction Skills: World Building

Learn how to create unforgettable story worlds that a reader can immerse themselves in – and how other writers use setting to transform their fiction.

Level

Improving

What do these levels mean?

Location

Online

Length

1-4 weeks

Tutors

Tom Bromley

Start Date

Monday 28 Feb 2022

£120
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Fiction Development, Novel Writing

Start to Write

A no-excuses, let’s-get-going, beginners' creative writing course to kickstart your writing life.

Level

Starting out

What do these levels mean?

Location

Online

Length

1-5 days

Tutors

Sarah May

Start Date

Saturday 12 Mar 2022

4 more start dates available

£100
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Fiction Development, Novel Writing

Edit and Submit Your Novel

Expert industry insight and all the technical tools you'll need to take your manuscript from first to final draft.

Level

Advanced

What do these levels mean?

Location

Online

Length

5-12 weeks

Tutors

Rose Tomaszewska, Catherine Cho

By Application

Start Date

Wednesday 23 Mar 2022

Application Deadline

Tuesday 01 Mar 2022

£1250
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Fiction Development, Novel Writing

Start to Write

A no-excuses, let’s-get-going, beginners' creative writing course to kickstart your writing life.

Level

Starting out

What do these levels mean?

Location

London

Length

1-5 days

Tutors

Richard Skinner

Start Date

Saturday 26 Mar 2022

14 more start dates available

£100
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Fiction Development, Novel Writing

The Advanced Fiction Workshop

Level

Advanced

What do these levels mean?

Location

London

Length

6 month +

Tutors

Gillian Slovo

By Application

Start Date

Wednesday 13 Apr 2022

Application Deadline

Sunday 03 Apr 2022

£1450
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Fiction Development, Novel Writing

Start to Write

A no-excuses, let’s-get-going, beginners' creative writing course to kickstart your writing life.

Level

Starting out

What do these levels mean?

Location

London

Length

1-5 days

Tutors

Richard Skinner

Start Date

Saturday 23 Apr 2022

14 more start dates available

£100
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Fiction Development, Novel Writing

Masterclass: Setting

One of a series of ten intensive, impactful masterclasses from Faber Academy's Director of Fiction.

Level

Advanced

What do these levels mean?

Location

Online

Length

1-5 days

Tutors

Richard Skinner

Start Date

Monday 25 Apr 2022

£75
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Fiction Development, Novel Writing

Start to Write

A no-excuses, let’s-get-going, beginners' creative writing course to kickstart your writing life.

Level

Starting out

What do these levels mean?

Location

London

Length

1-5 days

Tutors

Richard Skinner

Start Date

Saturday 28 May 2022

14 more start dates available

£100
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Fiction Development, Novel Writing

Masterclass: The Idea of Pace

One of a series of ten intensive, impactful masterclasses from Faber Academy's Director of Fiction.

Level

Advanced

What do these levels mean?

Location

Online

Length

1-5 days

Tutors

Richard Skinner

Start Date

Monday 30 May 2022

£75
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Fiction Development, Novel Writing

Start to Write

A no-excuses, let’s-get-going, beginners' creative writing course to kickstart your writing life.

Level

Starting out

What do these levels mean?

Location

London

Length

1-5 days

Tutors

Richard Skinner

Start Date

Saturday 02 Jul 2022

14 more start dates available

£100
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Fiction Development, Novel Writing

Masterclass: Coming at Character from All Angles

One of a series of ten intensive, impactful masterclasses from Faber Academy's Director of Fiction.

Level

Advanced

What do these levels mean?

Location

Online

Length

1-5 days

Tutors

Richard Skinner

Start Date

Monday 04 Jul 2022

£75
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Fiction Development, Novel Writing

Start to Write

A no-excuses, let’s-get-going, beginners' creative writing course to kickstart your writing life.

Level

Starting out

What do these levels mean?

Location

London

Length

1-5 days

Tutors

Richard Skinner

Start Date

Saturday 30 Jul 2022

14 more start dates available

£100
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Fiction Development, Novel Writing

Start to Write

A no-excuses, let’s-get-going, beginners' creative writing course to kickstart your writing life.

Level

Starting out

What do these levels mean?

Location

London

Length

1-5 days

Tutors

Richard Skinner

Start Date

Saturday 20 Aug 2022

14 more start dates available

£100
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Fiction Development, Novel Writing

Start to Write

A no-excuses, let’s-get-going, beginners' creative writing course to kickstart your writing life.

Level

Starting out

What do these levels mean?

Location

London

Length

1-5 days

Tutors

Richard Skinner

Start Date

Saturday 24 Sep 2022

14 more start dates available

£100
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Fiction Development, Novel Writing

Masterclass: Triangles and Squares in Fiction

One of a series of ten intensive, impactful masterclasses from Faber Academy's Director of Fiction.

Level

Advanced

What do these levels mean?

Location

Online

Length

1-5 days

Tutors

Richard Skinner

Start Date

Monday 26 Sep 2022

£75
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Start to Write

A no-excuses, let’s-get-going, beginners' creative writing course to kickstart your writing life.

Level

Starting out

What do these levels mean?

Location

London

Length

1-5 days

Tutors

Richard Skinner

Start Date

Saturday 29 Oct 2022

14 more start dates available

£100
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Fiction Development, Novel Writing

Masterclass: The Idea of Conflict

One of a series of ten intensive, impactful masterclasses from Faber Academy's Director of Fiction.

Level

Advanced

What do these levels mean?

Location

Online

Length

1-5 days

Tutors

Richard Skinner

Start Date

Monday 31 Oct 2022

£75
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Fiction Development, Novel Writing

Start to Write

A no-excuses, let’s-get-going, beginners' creative writing course to kickstart your writing life.

Level

Starting out

What do these levels mean?

Location

London

Length

1-5 days

Tutors

Richard Skinner

Start Date

Saturday 26 Nov 2022

14 more start dates available

£100
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Fiction Development, Novel Writing

Masterclass: Plotting

One of a series of ten intensive, impactful masterclasses from Faber Academy's Director of Fiction.

Level

Advanced

What do these levels mean?

Location

Online

Length

1-5 days

Tutors

Richard Skinner

Start Date

Monday 28 Nov 2022

£75
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Start to Write

A no-excuses, let’s-get-going, beginners' creative writing course to kickstart your writing life.

Level

Starting out

What do these levels mean?

Location

London

Length

1-5 days

Tutors

Richard Skinner

Start Date

Saturday 17 Dec 2022

14 more start dates available

£100
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Fiction Development, Novel Writing

Masterclass: The Whole Writing Process in One Go

One of a series of ten intensive, impactful masterclasses from Faber Academy's Director of Fiction.

Level

Advanced

What do these levels mean?

Location

Online

Length

1-5 days

Tutors

Richard Skinner

Start Date

Monday 19 Dec 2022

£75
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Start to Write

A no-excuses, let’s-get-going, beginners' creative writing course to kickstart your writing life.

Level

Starting out

What do these levels mean?

Location

London

Length

1-5 days

Tutors

Richard Skinner

Start Date

Saturday 28 Jan 2023

14 more start dates available

£100
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Fiction Development, Novel Writing

Masterclass: Editing

One of a series of ten intensive, impactful masterclasses from Faber Academy's Director of Fiction.

Level

Advanced

What do these levels mean?

Location

Online

Length

1-5 days

Tutors

Richard Skinner

Start Date

Monday 30 Jan 2023

£75
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Start to Write

A no-excuses, let’s-get-going, beginners' creative writing course to kickstart your writing life.

Level

Starting out

What do these levels mean?

Location

London

Length

1-5 days

Tutors

Richard Skinner

Start Date

Saturday 25 Feb 2023

14 more start dates available

£100
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Fiction Development, Novel Writing

Masterclass: Synopses

One of a series of ten intensive, impactful masterclasses from Faber Academy's Director of Fiction.

Level

Advanced

What do these levels mean?

Location

Online

Length

1-5 days

Tutors

Richard Skinner

Start Date

Monday 27 Feb 2023

£75
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Start to Write

A no-excuses, let’s-get-going, beginners' creative writing course to kickstart your writing life.

Level

Starting out

What do these levels mean?

Location

London

Length

1-5 days

Tutors

Richard Skinner

Start Date

Saturday 25 Mar 2023

14 more start dates available

£100
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Fiction Development, Novel Writing

Masterclass: Planning and Writing The Mirror

One of a series of ten intensive, impactful masterclasses from Faber Academy's Director of Fiction.

Level

Advanced

What do these levels mean?

Location

Online

Length

1-5 days

Tutors

Richard Skinner

Start Date

Monday 27 Mar 2023

£75
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Novel Writing Tutors

Our tutors are all multi-published novelists and experienced teachers, hand-picked from Faber and beyond.

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Joanna Briscoe

Joanna Briscoe
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Lee Weatherly

Lee Weatherly
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Nikesh Shukla

Nikesh Shukla
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Richard T. Kelly

Richard T. Kelly
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Sabrina Broadbent

Sabrina Broadbent
Sarah May
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Shelley Weiner

Shelley Weiner
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Tom Bromley

Tom Bromley

It was hard work. But I not only completed my novel, I also learned how to navigate the choppy waters of the publishing world. I will be forever grateful for the experience.

S J Watson, author of Before I Go to Sleep

Novel Writing

I also learned how to navigate the choppy waters of the publishing world. I will be forever grateful for the experience.

Frequently Asked Questions

How many hours a day do I need to write a novel?

The short answer is: it varies. Finding regular time for writing is an important part of the discipline required to write a novel, but we all know that spare hours in the day can be hard to come by! You’ll find the time requirements for our courses on the individual course pages – many of our online novel writing courses are designed to be flexible enough to fit around your existing commitments.

Do you need a degree to write a novel?

No. While some writers choose to pursue a university qualification, there are many paths to becoming a published novelist. Some successful authors are entirely self-taught! Our Writing a Novel course is designed as a flexible, practical alternative to a Creative Writing MA. Or you might choose to support your writing practice with shorter courses and workshops. There are many options available and every writer is different – the single most important thing you can do is to keep writing.

Can’t find the right course?

Manuscript Assessment

Get comprehensive editorial feedback on your manuscript from our experienced readers – whether it’s still a work-in-progress or you’re preparing to submit to literary agents.

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Mentoring

We offer a range of mentoring options if you’d prefer to work one-on-one with an established writer to help you shape your project and realise your writing ambitions.

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Browse the Reading Room

From author interviews and writing tips to creative writing exercises and reading lists, we've got everything you need to get started – and to keep going.