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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 +



Achieve your goals

Take your writing seriously. This programme offers the space for you to develop the routine, discipline and direction that will serve you long after the final session, as well as the tailored support of your mentor to guide your project.

Over the course of six meetings, your mentor will read up to 90,000 words of work and offer advice, prompts, exercises and reading suggestions to aid you, both during the mentorship and beyond. You'll also receive a place on one of our masterclasses and one of our Industry Days, and be sent two free Faber titles, chosen by your mentor, to support your writing journey.

Who is this programme for?

If you're looking for a longer period of regular contact, advice and feedback, this is the programme for you. For those working on a novel, you'll have the opportunity to get your mentor's input on each stage of the process, and your regular meetings with them should help keep you on track as you write your draft.

It's also possible to condense this programme into six months or expand it over a year, should that better suit your writing schedule or the particular needs of your project.

  • Submission lengths

  • Up to fifteen thousand words (fiction) or seven pages of poems


Our most flexible mentoring programme, your nine-month mentoring will consist of seven hour-long meetings with your mentor and writing time between each session. After your initial meeting you will send up to fifteen thousand words or seven pages of poems to your mentor, to be discussed in your next meeting.

Your meetings could be every month, completing the mentorship in six months, every six weeks to complete your mentorship in nine months, or every two months to stretch your mentoring to one year, according to your needs and your mentor's availability.

Applying for a mentorship

Covering letter

Tell us about yourself, your writing and what you're hoping to achieve from your mentorship. If you'll be working on a specific project, a brief synopsis of this will be really helpful in matching you to a mentor.

Writing sample

This doesn't have to be from the project you're planning on working on during the programme (although if it is, great!). What we're looking for here is something to give us an idea of your style and genre, so that a potential mentor can get a feel for your writing. (Max. 1,000 words)

Submit your application

When you're happy with your documents, upload them on the relevant programme page. We'll get in touch if we need any further information, and will get to work finding the right mentor for you.

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...


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...


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...


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...

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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...


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...

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