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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 (35)

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.

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Advanced

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London

Length

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6 month +

Tutors

Richard T. Kelly, Sarah May, Sabrina Broadbent

By Application

Start Date

Wednesday 28 Sep 2022

Application Deadline

Sunday 04 Sep 2022

£4000
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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

Thursday 29 Sep 2022

Application Deadline

Sunday 11 Sep 2022

£4000
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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 27 Jun 2022

1 more start date available

£350
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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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Location

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London

Length

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1-5 days

Tutors

Richard Skinner, Sarah May

Start Date

Saturday 02 Jul 2022

9 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.

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Advanced

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Location

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Online

Length

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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.

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Starting out

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Location

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Online

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1-5 days

Tutors

Tom Bromley

Start Date

Saturday 16 Jul 2022

3 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.

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Starting out

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Location

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London

Length

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1-5 days

Tutors

Richard Skinner, Sarah May

Start Date

Saturday 30 Jul 2022

9 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.

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Starting out

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Location

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Online

Length

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1-5 days

Tutors

Tom Bromley

Start Date

Saturday 13 Aug 2022

3 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.

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Starting out

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London

Length

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1-5 days

Tutors

Richard Skinner

Start Date

Saturday 20 Aug 2022

9 more start dates available

£100
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Fiction Development, Novel Writing

Writing Difference

Discuss the challenges of writing about minority experiences on this unique course, taking place on weekends over four weeks.

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Improving

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Online

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4 weeks

Tutors

Sameer Rahim

Start Date

Monday 05 Sep 2022

£495
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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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Improving

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Location

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Online

Length

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8 weeks

Tutors

Susmita Bhattacharya

Start Date

Monday 12 Sep 2022

£495
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Fiction Development, Novel Writing

Create Brilliant Characters

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

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Improving

What do these levels mean?

Location

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Online

Length

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4 weeks

Tutors

Tom Bromley

Start Date

Monday 12 Sep 2022

1 more start date available

£120
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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

What do these levels mean?

Location

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Online

Length

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8 weeks

Tutors

Helen Shipman

Start Date

Monday 19 Sep 2022

1 more start date available

£350
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Fiction Development, Novel Writing

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.

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Improving

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Location

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Online

Length

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4 weeks

Tutors

Tom Bromley

Start Date

Monday 19 Sep 2022

£120
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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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Location

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Online

Length

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6 month +

Tutors

Lee Weatherly, Peter Benson, Emily Barr

By Application

Start Date

Wednesday 21 Sep 2022

Application Deadline

Sunday 11 Sep 2022

£2500
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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.

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Starting out

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Location

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London

Length

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12 weeks

Tutors

Sue Gee

Start Date

Wednesday 21 Sep 2022

£995
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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

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Starting out

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Location

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London

Length

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1-5 days

Tutors

Richard Skinner, Sarah May

Start Date

Saturday 24 Sep 2022

9 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

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Advanced

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Location

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Online

Length

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1-5 days

Tutors

Richard Skinner

Start Date

Monday 26 Sep 2022

£75
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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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Location

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Online

Length

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6 month +

Tutors

Lee Weatherly

By Application

Start Date

Monday 26 Sep 2022

Application Deadline

Sunday 18 Sep 2022

£1650
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Fiction Development, Novel Writing

Read Like a Writer

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

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Improving

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Location

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Online

Length

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4 weeks

Tutors

Tom Bromley

Start Date

Monday 03 Oct 2022

£120
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Fiction Development, Novel Writing

Fiction Skills: Plot

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

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Improving

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Location

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Online

Length

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4 weeks

Tutors

Tom Bromley

Start Date

Monday 10 Oct 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

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Starting out

What do these levels mean?

Location

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London

Length

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1-5 days

Tutors

Richard Skinner, Sarah May

Start Date

Saturday 29 Oct 2022

9 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

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Advanced

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Location

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Online

Length

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1-5 days

Tutors

Richard Skinner

Start Date

Monday 31 Oct 2022

£75
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Fiction Development, Novel Writing

Fiction Skills: Research

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

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Improving

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Location

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Online

Length

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4 weeks

Tutors

Philip Marsden

Start Date

Monday 31 Oct 2022

£120
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Fiction Development, Novel Writing

Create Brilliant Characters

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

Level

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Improving

What do these levels mean?

Location

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Online

Length

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4 weeks

Tutors

Tom Bromley

Start Date

Monday 07 Nov 2022

1 more start date available

£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

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Starting out

What do these levels mean?

Location

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London

Length

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1-5 days

Tutors

Richard Skinner, Sarah May

Start Date

Saturday 26 Nov 2022

9 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

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Advanced

What do these levels mean?

Location

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Online

Length

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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

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Starting out

What do these levels mean?

Location

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London

Length

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1-5 days

Tutors

Richard Skinner, Sarah May

Start Date

Saturday 17 Dec 2022

9 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

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Advanced

What do these levels mean?

Location

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Online

Length

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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

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Starting out

What do these levels mean?

Location

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London

Length

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1-5 days

Tutors

Richard Skinner, Sarah May

Start Date

Saturday 28 Jan 2023

9 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

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Advanced

What do these levels mean?

Location

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Online

Length

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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

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Starting out

What do these levels mean?

Location

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London

Length

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1-5 days

Tutors

Richard Skinner, Sarah May

Start Date

Saturday 25 Feb 2023

9 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

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Advanced

What do these levels mean?

Location

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Online

Length

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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

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Starting out

What do these levels mean?

Location

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London

Length

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1-5 days

Tutors

Richard Skinner, Sarah May

Start Date

Saturday 25 Mar 2023

9 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

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Advanced

What do these levels mean?

Location

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Online

Length

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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 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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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.

My Road to Publication

Academy alumna Sarah Clarke on getting her book deal, and the hope that kept her going

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My Road to Publication
Am I Marmite?

Academy alumna and debut novelist Liz Webb on the perils of writing a character based on yourself

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Am I Marmite?
Ten Questions for Your Character

If you're planning to do some character development this weekend, get started with these ten writing prompts

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Ten Questions for Your Character