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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

Chasing a Sleep-Deprived Dream

Alumna Louise Morrish on the call that kickstarted her writing career

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Chasing a Sleep-Deprived Dream
My Road to Publication

Academy alumna Sarah Clarke on getting her book deal, and the hope that kept her going

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My Road to Publication
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?

Writing Exercises

Developing Characters During a Draft

Started a draft but unsure who your cast are yet? Here are some of our favourite exercises

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Developing Characters During a Draft
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

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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