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From author interviews and writing tips to creative writing exercises and reading lists, we've got everything you need to get started – and to keep going.

The Three Stages of a First Draft

Spotlight

The Three Stages of a First Draft

Faber Academy alumnus and multi-published author Darren O'Sullivan shares the process he uses as he approaches each of his novels.

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Features

Am I Marmite?

Academy alumna and debut novelist Liz Webb on the perils of writing a character based on yourself

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Am I Marmite?
The Books That Inspired Me

Academy alumna Jacqueline Sutherland on the books that helped her write her debut novel

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The Books That Inspired Me
What I Learnt From Taking My Character to Therapy

Creating a believable, compelling protagonist is one of the most important tasks when writing a novel and,

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What I Learnt From Taking My Character to Therapy

Writing Exercises

Ten Questions for Your Character

If you're planning to do some character development this weekend, get started with these ten writing prompts

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Ten Questions for Your Character
How to Write Better Dialogue Read More
How to Write Better Dialogue
How to Write a Great Villain Read More
How to Write a Great Villain

Writing Competitions

The White Review Poet’s Prize 2022 Read More
QuickFic 18/10/2019

Our weekly flash fiction competition returns for a final instalment – this week with a photo prompt.

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QuickFic 18/10/2019
QuickFic 11/10/2019

Welcome home, flash fiction fans! The Academy’s new term is in full swing so we’re back too.

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QuickFic 11/10/2019

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