The Advanced Fiction Workshop The Advanced Fiction Workshop The Advanced Fiction Workshop

The Advanced Fiction Workshop

A natural continuation for graduates of Writing a Novel, or a great support group for writers who need to really get their head down and get to the end, this fortnightly, six-month course is all about reaching your goal.

Level

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Advanced

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Location

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London

Length

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6 month +
  • Start Date
  • Time
  • Tuesdays, 18:30–21:00
  • Application Deadline
  • Sunday 22 Sep 2024

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£1950

£1950

£300 / month for 4 months and a £750.00 deposit

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Time to get to 'The End'

Spend six months in the company of nine fellow workshoppers, getting down to business as you work towards the next draft of your novel. You'll bring newly written or edited material to be critiqued by the group and your tutor every month. And in the meantime, the online classroom will offer prompts and structure to help you to focus your writing time, and ensure you get the most out of the fortnightly sessions.

Sustained, rigorous and constructive feedback on your work with a brilliant tutor is the absolute core of the Faber Academy experience. This course offers just that. You won’t study dialogue or set texts or the elements of writing fiction – you’ll have a grasp of those things already, and be ready to knuckle down and whip your draft into shape. Instead, we'll answer difficult questions – ‘does this work?’; ‘how do I know what to keep and what to discard?’; ‘how should I change this to make it even better?’ – and work together towards the finishing line of a polished draft.

Is this the right course for me?

This is an advanced course that requires you to have some knowledge of the craft of writing fiction. Accordingly, it’s not suitable for writers who would consider themselves complete beginners. It’s an ideal follow-on from our Writing a Novel course but you also don't need to have to have done a course before. But you will have started your novel, be some way into the draft and have some idea of where it's going, and be ready to submit texts for workshopping.

If you’re stuck and need help with how to unstick, if you want encouragement and sustained feedback, if you want to be part of a group that truly understand the ambition of your novel, this is the course for you.

As well as a supportive writing group to help you achieve your writing goals, 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 tutor, to support your writing journey.

    This course consists of an innovative blend of intense, tutor-led in-person workshops with structured writing time and unsupervised online joint-writing sessions.

    The supervised sessions will focus heavily on workshopping one another’s works-in-progress, with every participant having their novel focused upon at least one a month.

Course Programme

Session 1

Tuesday 8 October, 18:30–21:00

Introductory session...

Session 2

15 October, 18:30–21:00

Online writing room...

Session 3

22 October, 18:30–21:00

Workshop with Gillian Slovo...

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Course Programme

The Advanced Fiction Workshop

Session 1

Tuesday 8 October, 18:30–21:00

Introductory Session with Gillian Slovo

Session 2

15 October, 18:30–21:00

Online writing room

Session 3

22 October, 18:30–21:00

Workshop with Gillian Slovo

Session 4

29 October, 18:30–21:00

Online writing room

Session 5

5 November, 18:30–21:00

Workshop with Gillian Slovo

Session 6

12 November, 18:30–21:00

Online writing room

Session 7

19 November, 18:30–21:00

Workshop with Gillian Slovo

Session 8

26 November, 18:30–21:00

Online writing room

Session 9

3 December, 18:30–21:00

Workshop with Gillian Slovo

Session 10

10 December, 18:30–21:00

Online writing room

Session 11

17 December, 18:30–21:00

Workshop with Gillian Slovo

This workshop will be followed by the winter break.

Session 12

14 January, 18:30–21:00

Online writing room

Session 13

21 January, 18:30–21:00

Workshop with Gillian Slovo

Session 14

28 January, 18:30–21:00

Online writing room

Session 15

4 February, 18:30–21:00

Workshop with Gillian Slovo

Session 16

11 February, 18:30–21:00

Online writing room

Session 17

18 February, 18:30–21:00

Workshop with Gillian Slovo

Session 18

25 February, 18:30–21:00

Online writing room

Session 19

4 March, 18:30–21:00

Workshop with Gillian Slovo

Session 20

11 March, 18:30–21:00

Online writing room

Session 21

18 March, 18:30–21:00

Workshop with Gillian Slovo

Session 22

25 March, 18:30–21:00

Online writing room

Session 23

1 April, 18:30–21:00

Workshop with Gillian Slovo

Session 24

8 April, 18:30–21:00

Online writing room

Session 25

15 April, 18:30–21:00

Workshop with Gillian Slovo

Session 26

22 April, 18:30–21:00

Online writing room

Session 27

29 April, 18:30–21:00

Workshop with Gillian Slovo

Session 28

6 May, 18:30–21:00

Online writing room

Session 29

13 May, 18:30–21:00

Workshop with Gillian Slovo

Session 30

20 May, 18:30–21:00

Online writing room

Session 31

27 May, 18:30–21:00

Workshop with Gillian Slovo

Session 32

3 June, 18:30–21:00

Concluding Session with Gillian Slovo

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Gillian Slovo

Gillian Slovo has published thirteen novels, a family memoir and has also written four verbatim plays. She started in crime...

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How to Apply

Places on this course are limited and keenly contested, so you'll need to apply. When doing so, we'll ask you to provide two documents:

Covering letter

Reading your application, we're looking to get a sense of you as a writer and as a member of the group. As such, we don't have specific requirements from your covering letter, but it's a good opportunity to tell us what you want to get out of the course, what sort of writing experience you've had, why you've chosen us and why you've decided to do it now.

Prose sample (2,000 words max)

Send us up to 2,000 words from your manuscript – this must be from the novel you'll be working on during the course.

Submit your application

That's it! We'll aim to respond to all applications within ten days of the application deadline.

Gillian Slovo is an exceptional tutor. She creates a free space to discuss ongoing writing. Her comments were always constructive and lead to better writing.

Student

The Advanced Fiction Workshop

The Advanced Fiction Workshop is ideal for writers who wish to improve the quality of their prose by receiving and giving feedback in a critical but encouraging environment.

Student

The Advanced Fiction Workshop

Excellent [...] Better than I expected in terms of developing my writing and confidence.

Student

The Advanced Fiction Workshop

Gillian Slovo is an exceptional tutor. She creates a free space to discuss ongoing writing. Her comments were always constructive and lead to better writing.

Location

The Bindery

51 Hatton Garden

London EC1N 8HN

How to get here

Faber’s office, The Bindery, is well connected by public transport, with Farringdon Station just five minutes’ walk away, and stops for several bus routes in the area too. If you’re coming from outside of London, the office is a short bus or taxi journey from Kings Cross, Euston and St Pancras stations.

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