An Introduction to Writing a Novel (Newcastle) An Introduction to Writing a Novel (Newcastle) An Introduction to Writing a Novel (Newcastle)

An Introduction to Writing a Novel (Newcastle)

Interested in applying to Writing a Novel in Newcastle? Join Richard T. Kelly for a free introductory workshop.


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1-5 days
  • Start Date
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  • Saturday, 1 – 2 p.m.


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Discover more about Writing a Novel.

Writing a Novel is Faber Academy’s flagship course, which has seen alumni such as S J Watson, Saara El-Arifi, Rachel Joyce, Gail Honeyman and Alice Feeney go on to conquer bestseller lists around the world. Designed by the Director of our Fiction Programme, Richard Skinner, it's a six-month deep dive into the art of the novel, with sessions on every aspect you'll need to take you from the bare bones of a draft to a finished novel.

It's also a big commitment and a leap of faith.

In this one-hour session, you’ll meet course tutor Richard T. Kelly and take part in a taster workshop, and meet Faber Academy staff – as well as getting to know your potential course-mates.

You’ll leave fully informed about the course and raring to hit send on your application.

Is this right for me?

This introductory workshop is for anyone interested in learning more about Writing a Novel. You should feel confident that you’re ready to dedicate time, space and energy to your novel, but might have questions about the course, if it would suit you as a writer or how to apply.

This current iteration of Writing a Novel in Newcastle is taught by Richard T. Kelly. Born in Newcastle, Richard has written much about the north-east, in particular his debut novel, Crusaders (Faber, 2008), and has taught Writing a Novel in London since 2017.

Richard will run an introductory workshop, which will give you a taste of what the course will look and feel like, as well as answering any questions you may have about Writing a Novel.

You’ll also meet the Faber Academy team, who will be your day-to-day support throughout your time on the course, and get advice on how to make your application stand out.

    This workshop will take place from 1 - 2 p.m. at The Common Room, Newcastle.

Workshop Programme

Session 1

Saturday 16 March, 1 – 2 p.m.


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Course Programme

An Introduction to Writing a Novel.

Session 1

Saturday 16 March, 1 – 2 p.m.

Introductory Session

Course Tutor


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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The Common Room

Neville Hall

Newcastle upon Tyne, NE1 1SE

About the Common Room

The Common Room is a new charity, formed to lead the restoration of Neville Hall in Newcastle. Their vision is to use their unique heritage to inspire the next generation of innovators and engineers. Through education and engagement activities, they will support the region’s future economic growth and provide a range of public spaces for innovation, collaboration, events, lectures, weddings and more.
We’re delighted to host our Newcastle courses in this historic venue.

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I always felt that I had a novel in me. However, I needed someone — or something — to prise it out! Writing a Novel at the Faber Academy in Newcastle was just what the doctor ordered, and I loved every magical minute.


Writing a Novel, Newcastle

Writers, especially those just like me, with little or no formal training, often suffer from a lack of self-belief. After the course, I came away believing in myself as a writer, with a solid group of associates who I know I can call on for advice. And that, to me, was priceless.


Writing a Novel, Newcastle

I’d say to anyone wanting to write a novel and contemplating this course: do it! You’ll find it fun, thought-provoking, practical and inspiring


Writing a Novel, Newcastle

The best investment I have ever made in myself [...] Working alongside other writers on a similar journey has been supportive and inspiring. The last six months has been an incredible journey – one of the most difficult, most challenging but most satisfying ever.

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