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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 (8)

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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.

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Advanced

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Online

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6 month +

Tutors

Lee Weatherly, Peter Benson, Rowan Hisayo Buchanan

By Application

Start Date

Wednesday 18 Jan 2023

Application Deadline

Sunday 08 Jan 2023

£2500
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Writing a Novel (Evening)

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

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Advanced

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London

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6 month +

Tutors

Richard T. Kelly, Sarah May, Nikesh Shukla

By Application

Start Date

Tuesday 24 Jan 2023

Application Deadline

Wednesday 04 Jan 2023

£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.

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Advanced

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London

Length

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6 month +

Tutors

Nikesh Shukla, Shelley Weiner

By Application

Start Date

Tuesday 24 Jan 2023

Application Deadline

Wednesday 04 Jan 2023

£4000
Fiction Development, Novel Writing

Writing a Novel (Newcastle)

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

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Advanced

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Newcastle

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6 month +

Tutors

Preti Taneja

By Application

Start Date

Tuesday 21 Mar 2023

Application Deadline

Sunday 05 Mar 2023

£3000
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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.

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Starting out

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London

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1-5 days

Tutors

Richard Skinner, Sarah May

Start Date

Saturday 17 Dec 2022

12 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.

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Advanced

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Online

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1-5 days

Tutors

Richard Skinner

Start Date

Monday 19 Dec 2022

£75
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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.

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Starting out

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Online

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8 weeks

Tutors

Helen Shipman

Start Date

Monday 09 Jan 2023

£350
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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.

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Starting out

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Online

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8 weeks

Tutors

Susmita Bhattacharya

Start Date

Monday 16 Jan 2023

£495
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Fiction Development, Novel Writing

Writing Fiction

This unique twelve-week course is about finding a way to write that is yours – whether you're starting out, starting again, or rethinking your approach to fiction writing.

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Improving

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London

Length

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12 weeks

Tutors

Keith Ridgway

Start Date

Thursday 19 Jan 2023

£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.

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Advanced

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Online

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6 month +

Tutors

Lee Weatherly

By Application

Start Date

Monday 23 Jan 2023

Application Deadline

Sunday 08 Jan 2023

£1650
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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 is the author of the novels Mothers and Other Lovers, which won the Betty Trask Award; Skin; Sleep With Me, which...

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Joanna Briscoe
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Lee Weatherly

Lee Weatherly has written more than fifty books for children and young adults, including the bestselling Angel series, and is...

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Lee Weatherly
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Nikesh Shukla

Nikesh Shukla is an novelist and screenwriter. He is the author of Coconut Unlimited (shortlisted for the Costa First Novel...

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Nikesh Shukla
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Richard T. Kelly

Richard T. Kelly is the author of the novels Crusaders (2008), The Possessions of Doctor Forrest (2011) and The Knives (2016)...

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Richard T. Kelly
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Sabrina Broadbent

Sabrina Broadbent's debut novel, Descent, won the WH Smith Raw Talent award. Her other novels are A Boy’s Guide to Track and...

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Sabrina Broadbent
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Sarah May

Sarah May is the highly acclaimed author of seven novels, including The Nudist Colony, which was shortlisted for the Guardian...

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Sarah May
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Shelley Weiner

Shelley Weiner is an acclaimed novelist, short-story writer and journalist who has, over the years, established a reputation...

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Shelley Weiner
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Tom Bromley

Tom Bromley is an author, editor and ghostwriter. He has written ten books under his own name, both fiction and non-fiction...

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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.

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