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Advanced Writing Courses

Our advanced courses in fiction and poetry offer the next step for the committed writer – serious writing time, industry advice and expert guidance, along with a close-knit group of fellow writers to keep you on track.

Our advanced writing courses: an overview

The tutors on our advanced courses are all experienced writers and you’ll hear from industry experts too – you should leave your course with serious work done on your project and a clear idea of what to do next.

Most of our advanced creative writing courses require an application. Individual application requirements will differ from course to course – check the course page for details, or get in touch if you’d like to know more.

Many of our online advanced courses are designed to be flexible, allowing you to fit your writing and reading time around your other commitments. Some of them will feature live elements, requiring the group to be online at particular times.

Who are these courses for?

Writers in need of motivation

If you've been writing for a while but need the structure - and accountability! - to get a longer work finished, our advanced courses are designed to help you get the words on the page

Writers looking to start a career

As well helping you write the book you want to write, we want our advanced students to leave with a clearer understanding of the industry and how to take their next steps into it.

Writers ready to move to the next level

If you have some experience but aren't sure how to achieve more with your writing, our advanced courses are all about broadening your technical palette, deepening your knowledge of your chosen genre and refining your voice.

Advanced Writing Courses (13)

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

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6 month +

Tutors

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

By Application

Start Date

Wednesday 28 Sep 2022

Application Deadline

Sunday 04 Sep 2022

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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

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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

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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Online

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1-5 days

Tutors

Richard Skinner

Start Date

Monday 04 Jul 2022

£75
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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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Online

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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

Masterclass: Triangles and Squares in Fiction

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

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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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Online

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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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Poetry

Advanced Poetry

If you’re a committed aspiring poet hoping to take your writing to the next level, join Daljit Nagra and Rachael Allen for this six-month course at the home of British poetry.

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Advanced

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Online

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6 month +

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Rachael Allen, Daljit Nagra

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Start Date

Monday 03 Oct 2022

Application Deadline

Sunday 18 Sep 2022

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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.

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Advanced

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Online

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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

Masterclass: Plotting

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

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Richard Skinner

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Monday 28 Nov 2022

£75
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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

Masterclass: Editing

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

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Richard Skinner

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Monday 30 Jan 2023

£75
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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.

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Advanced

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Online

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1-5 days

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Richard Skinner

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Monday 27 Feb 2023

£75
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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.

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Advanced

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Online

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1-5 days

Tutors

Richard Skinner

Start Date

Monday 27 Mar 2023

£75
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Advanced Course Tutors

The tutors on our advanced poetry and fiction courses are all successful published writers themselves, as well as experienced teachers.

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Richard Skinner

Richard Skinner is a novelist, poet and critic. His most recent book, The Mirror, was described as ‘beautifully written...

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Richard Skinner
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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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Peter Benson

Peter has published eleven novels, both in the UK and in translation. His prize winning debut, The Levels, was published in...

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Peter Benson
Emily Barr

Emily Barr

Emily Barr is the author of eighteen published novels, and is currently working on the next two. Her first novel, Backpack...

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Emily Barr
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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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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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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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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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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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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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Rachael Allen

Rachael Allen’s first collection of poems, KINGDOMLAND, is published by Faber & Faber. She is the co-author of a number of collaborative...

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Daljit Nagra

Daljit Nagra has published four poetry collections with Faber & Faber. He has won the Forward Prize for Best Individual Poem...

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I've taken a lot of writing classes from a lot of different organizations in and since university, and this was by far the best.

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Writing a Novel

classes from a lot of different organizations in and since university, and this was by far the best.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is advanced creative writing? Do I need to have taken other creative writing courses to enrol on an advanced course at Faber Academy?

Advanced creative writing courses aim to deepen your understanding of the craft – be that poetry or prose – at a technical and stylistic level, encouraging you to develop your voice and finish a project, whether that’s a novel or a collection of poetry. Our Writing a Novel and Advanced Poetry courses, for instance, are designed to be practical alternatives to a creative writing MA. That doesn’t necessarily mean you need to have taken a course before to take one of our advanced courses; it might be the case that you’ve been honing your writing by yourself for some time and feel like now is the right point for you to sign up for something a bit more formal. Or you may have been on one or several shorter courses, either with us or other institutions, and now feel ready to study at a more advanced level.

I don't think I'm at an advanced level yet. How can I improve my writing skills?

It’s advice you’ll probably hear a lot, but read! Read as widely as you can, in the genre you’d like to write but in others, too. And practise – again, as much as you possibly can, whether it’s responding to creative writing exercises or prompts, or working on your own projects. Sharing work with a trusted writing friend or writing group can really help you figure out where your strengths are and which areas you might need to work on a little more. And shorter courses – whether it’s something focused on a specific area, like one of our masterclasses, or a twelve-week intermediate course – may also help you build your confidence and feel ready to take on an advanced level class.

How do you ensure that everyone in my group will be at the same level as me?

Most of our advanced courses are selective, meaning they have an application process. When the tutors and Academy team are working through applications, we’re looking to build groups who will work well together as well as benefiting from the course itself. Part of this is to do with the standard of writing, to make sure everyone is at the right stage to get the most out of the sessions, but there are lots of other factors involved too – we’re also looking for students who will bring a diverse range of experience, ambitions and inspirations with them, as that’s what makes for the most interesting and constructive discussions in class.

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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Am I Marmite?

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

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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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