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Writing Fiction

You’ve been writing for a while, and have work in progress: now is the time to commit to the next stage, with fresh inspiration from an exciting new course.



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12 weeks
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  • Wednesdays, 14.00 – 16.00

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£300 / month for 2 months and a £495.00 deposit


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Deepen your practice at Faber

How do we learn to write well? To write better? Through practice, like a musician, and by reading other writers. How does their material speak to us, and ignite our interest? How do they do what they do?

Each week, led by the award-winning writer and tutor Sue Gee, the class will read one or two classic or contemporary short stories or extracts from novels. Through these richly contrasted fictions we will look in depth at structure, style, pace and contrast, dialogue and description. Above all, we will consider what makes a character live and breathe. You, too, will share a piece of published writing you admire, and tell us why. There is also a class about looking, in which we consider not text but image, through a selection of classic and contemporary paintings. How might they inspire us? In addition, a renowned guest author will spend one class telling us how they came to write a particular novel or short story.

Is this the right course for me?

This three-month course is intended for fiction writers who are dedicated to improving their craft. If you're a complete beginner, you might want to consider one of our Getting Started courses. But if you are keen to start improving your craft and looking for new ways to explore and consider the possibilities of fiction this course is for you.

You'll be reexamining the potential of your own writing in the context of a group of thoughtful and inquisitive peers to share work and discussions. Writing Fiction is designed for anyone committed to improving as a writer.

No matter how strong your own ideas may be, writing alone can be tough. In the supportive and encouraging workshop which follows you will present your own work, putting your fiction before the fresh eyes of your fellow writers and your tutor. You might want to link it with a theme or technique we’ve discussed; you might want to show us something completely different. Either way, we’ll be asking: what are its strengths? How could it be even stronger? How might it develop?

By the end of this twelve-week course you will have discovered what really interests you as a writer, be writing with greater confidence and have a much clearer sense of direction.

    This course is formed of twelve two-hour sessions, which take place in Faber Academy's custom-built classrooms within Faber's offices at The Bindery, near Farringdon station. Each class will take place from 14.00 until 16.00 on Wednesdays.

Course Programme

Session 1

Wednesday 24 April, 14.00 – 16.00

From Notes Into Chapter...

Session 2

1 May, 14.00 – 16.00

Why Do We Write?...

Session 3

8 May, 14.00 – 16.00

Keeping it Simple: Less is More...

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Course Programme

Writing Fiction (Daytime)

Session 1

Wednesday 24 April, 14.00 – 16.00

From Notes Into Chapter

How raw material can become a novel. Sue Gee on writing The Hours of the Night

Session 2

1 May, 14.00 – 16.00

Why Do We Write?

Focusing on Hanif Kureshi’s reflections on The Buddha of Suburbia

Session 3

8 May, 14.00 – 16.00

Keeping it Simple: Less is More

Ernest Hemingway: ‘Cat in the Rain’ and ‘Hills Like White Elephants’

Session 4

15 May, 14.00 – 16.00

Opening Chapters

A street in Trinidad; snow falling on a Suffolk field. V. S. Naipaul, Miguel Street; Rose Tremain, Sacred Country

Session 5

22 May, 14.00 – 16.00

Shifts and Transitions

James Joyce, ‘The Dead’. The modernist master: one of his greatest short stories

Session 6

29 May, 14.00 – 16.00

Multiple Perspectives

Katherine Mansfield, ‘Prelude’. Impressionist writing; free indirect style

Session 7

5 June, 14.00 – 16.00

Guest Author: Pauline Melville

Pauline Melville on writing ‘The Master of Chaos’. Gambling in Georgetown, Guyana

Session 8

12 June, 14.00 – 16.00

Immersive Characterisation

A marriage in crisis; washed-up lives. Edna O’Brien, ‘Chekhov’s Ladies’; Jack Houston, ‘Come Down Heavy’

Session 9

19 June, 14.00 – 16.00

Image and Inspiration

Six paintings on a screen. Which one speaks to you?

Session 10

25 June, 14.00 – 16.0010.30–12.30

Writing the Past

Hilary Mantel, A Place of Greater Safety. An early novel, set in the French Revolution, and her magnificent Reith Lecture

Session 11

3 July, 14.00 – 16.00

Writing Other Voices

Caribbean London and the Appalachian Mountains. Jean Rhys, ‘Let’s Call It Jazz’; Barbara Kingsolver, Demon Copperhead

Session 12

10 July, 14.00 – 16.00

Next Steps and Showcase

Presenting the work you’re most proud of


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

Sue Gee

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

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Sue Gee

Sue has inspired me. Her empathetic teaching and sense of humour made every session something I looked forward to.



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