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Develop your craft and set your own writing goals with an experienced author to guide you one-on-one.

About our mentoring programmes

A key aspect of Faber Academy’s London courses has always been the element of personal connection between professional authors and developing writers. Seeking to reproduce that vital relationship in the context of lockdown led us to the idea of a Faber Academy mentoring programme, a service we are now pleased to have expanded into three separate mentorship offerings, ranging from six weeks to nine months.

Your mentorship will feature a mixture of video conference conversations with your mentor and written responses on work you've produced in response to the various exercises, reading lists, prompts and directions which arise from these conversations. The scheme is designed to be flexible, its precise form being decided upon by you and your mentor depending on your particular project and requirements.

How it works

Get in touch

After you've chosen the mentoring programme that best suits you from the list below, you'll need to submit an application – tell us about yourself and your writing, and what you're looking for from a mentorship.

We'll find the right mentor

We'll find someone we think is perfect for you. This may involve a 'chemistry chat', where the two of you will speak via Zoom about your goals for mentoring and check you're on the same page.

Time to write

You'll begin your mentorship, according to the timescale of your particular programme and the specific schedule you and your mentor have agreed on. Usually, you'll have an intital meeting and then will have a period of writing time, producing work for your mentor to give you feedback on.

Our Mentoring Programmes (3)

Six-week Mentorship

Get advice on a specific area of your writing or work on a short project during this focused, intensive mentoring programme.



Twelve-week Mentorship

Over the course of three months, get personalised, invigorating support from a successful writer as you develop your craft.




12 weeks

Nine-month Mentorship

Receive comprehensive feedback and dedicated support on your project during this extended programme – plus enjoy additional industry insight with two complimentary event passes.




6 month +

Kate is thoughtful, understanding and gave advice that has really ignited a fire within me to finish my book. I was impressed with her seriousness towards mentoring me, not to mention the work she put into detailing what was good about my writing and where it could be improved.


Six-week Mentorship

must say that it was an amazing experience for me. Kate is thoughtful, understanding and gave advice that has really ignited a fire within me to finish my book.

Our Mentors


Andrew Wilson

Crime • Fiction Development • Novel

Andrew Wilson is a novelist, biographer and journalist. His first book, Beautiful Shadow: A Life of Patricia Highsmith (Bloomsbury)...


Ayisha Malik

Fiction Development • Novel

Ayisha is a former publicist at Penguin Random House, turned managing editor at Cornerstones Literary Consultancy, turned...


Frances Leviston

Fiction Development • Novel • Poetry • Short Story

Frances Leviston's first book of short stories, The Voice in My Ear, was published by Jonathan Cape in 2020. She has also...


Joanna Briscoe

Fiction Development • Novel

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


Julia Blackburn


Julia Blackburn was born in London in 1948, the daughter of the poet Thomas Blackburn and the painter Rosalie de Meric. Her first book...


Maurice Riordan


Maurice Riordan was born in Co. Cork. His first book, A Word from the Loki (1995), was nominated for the T. S. Eliot Prize...


Miranda Doyle


Miranda Doyle's family come from the tiny island of Coney in Sligo Bay. She grew up in Edinburgh alongside three brothers and...


Nikesh Shukla

Fiction Development • Non-fiction • Novel

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


Patti Miller


Patti Miller is the author of ten books, three of which are writing texts: Writing Your Life; The Memoir Book and Writing True Stories...


Richard Scott


Richard Scott was born in London in 1981. His pamphlet Wound (Rialto) won the Michael Marks Poetry Award 2016 and his poem...

Photo of Richard T Kelly, tutor on Faber Academy's Writing a Novel course

Richard T. Kelly

Fiction Development • Novel

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


Rowan Hisayo Buchanan

Fiction Development • Novel

Rowan Hisayo Buchanan is the author of Harmless Like You – the winner of The Authors’ Club First Novel Award and a Betty Trask...


Sarah May

Fiction Development • Novel

Sarah May is the highly acclaimed author of seven novels, including The Nudist Colony, (shortlisted for the Guardian First Book Award...

Image of Shelley Weiner, Faber Academy tutor

Shelley Weiner

Fiction Development • Non-fiction • Novel • Short Story

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

Sue Gee – Faber Academy's Getting Started with Fiction tutor

Sue Gee

Fiction Development • Novel

Sue Gee is a novelist and short story writer who ran the MA Writing Programme at Middlesex University from 2000 till 2008...


Tom Bromley

Fiction Development • Non-fiction • Novel

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


Holly McCulloch

Fiction Development • Novel

Having worked as an author, an editor, a reader and a book buyer, Holly has experienced many different aspects of the commercial...


Claire McGlasson

Fiction Development • Novel

Claire McGlasson's first novel, The Rapture, was a Sunday Times Book of the Year and shortlisted for the London Magazine...

Kate Murray-Browne

Kate Murray-Browne

Fiction Development • Non-fiction • Novel

Kate Murray-Browne is a writer and editor. Her first novel, The Upstairs Room, was published by Picador in 2017 and was a Times’ Book of the Year, and her second, One Girl Began, will be published in 2024....

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I request a specific mentor?

Absolutely. It’s not always possible for us to arrange, but if you have a particular mentor in mind, it’s always helpful for us to know. Mention it in your covering letter and we’ll do what we can. If it’s not possible, we’ll be able to suggest mentors with similar interests and experience.

Can I have more than one mentor?

No, that’s not possible with any of our current mentoring programmes – the relationship between you and your mentor is at the centre of all three of our mentorships, and we’ve found that it’s that unique dialogue which gets the best results from the process. If there are two of our mentors you’d like to work with, you could consider doing consecutive programmes.

I've submitted an application for a mentoring programme – when will I hear back?

We’ll be in touch as soon as we have an available mentor we think will be a good fit for your project. Sometimes this takes a little while – it’s important to us that we get this bit right – but we’ll always aim to be in touch with you within ten working days of your application.