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Writing a Novel

Over 150 published authors and counting . . . will you be next?

Achieve your writing potential with Faber Academy's flagship course.

Writing a Novel is designed to support aspiring fiction writers to develop their craft over six months, with courses in London (at Faber's HQ in Hatton Garden), Newcastle and online.

A six-month programme of seminars, sessions will cover all the essentials of novel writing – including character, story, structure, plotting, voice, dialogue, conflict and more.

Everyone's got a story to tell. But it can be hard to bring it to life on the page. Perhaps you've always dreamed of writing a novel, but don't know where to start. Or maybe you have a burning idea, but are unsure whether it's any good or not.

Writing a Novel will help you to hone your craft, to find direction in your writing and give your novel its best chance of success. Spending time with your project in a room with other passionate writers, under the guidance of experienced tutors who are published authors in their own right, will help you to get your project over the line.

You'll get:

• A built-in writing community that you’ll stay in touch with after the course
• A supportive team cheering you on from behind-the-scenes
• Experienced tutors to guide you on your path and give one-to-one feedback
• Guided peer-to-peer feedback
• The skills to edit your own work
• Deeper understanding of voice, characterisation, story structure
• Unparalleled insight into the publishing industry

Why Faber Academy

Over the last 14 years, the course has inspired hundreds of writers and put more than 150 authors on the path to publication. You might recognise some of our graduates: Maddie Mortimer (Maps of Our Spectacular Bodies), Nicola Dinan (Bellies) and S J Watson (Before I Go To Sleep) are just some of our success stories.

Designed by Faber Academy's Director of Fiction Richard Skinner, the course is a deep dive into the art of the novel. From initial idea to finished draft, sessions will cover everything you need to do to get your work in the very best shape.

The only creative writing school attached to a renowned publisher, Faber Academy is a proven pathway for committed fiction writers. We have options to suit every writer, from the flexibility of an online course - allowing you to fit your learning around other commitments - to in-person classes in London or Newcastle.

What are the benefits of taking Writing a Novel?


Community: Writing a Novel will provide you with your very own writing group, an in-built community that you can take with you into your future writing career. You'll hone your own editorial eye as you give feedback on your classmate's stories, and in turn will receive invaluable help developing yours.

Discipline: With weekly classes, workshops and peer-to-peer feedback, this course will help you to get out of your own way and show up for your writing.

Support: Our friendly and helpful team will be here to support you throughout the course with regular Student Surgeries, where you can drop in and raise any issues you may have encountered. We're also always able to help outside of this and are happy to chat by phone or email.

Guest speakers: Throughout the course you'll hear from guest speakers including published alumni, Faber authors and senior Faber editors.

End-of-course celebrations: Celebrate your success in an in-­person event at The Bindery in the heart of London. There'll be drinks, nibbles and a chance for you to step back and congratulate yourself and your classmates, mingle with other writers, tutors and Academy staff.

Anthology: After Writing a Novel comes to an end, you'll be invited to submit an extract of 1,000 words for our Anthology. This will then be sent out to a long list of UK literary agents, and they'll be able to contact you directly if they'd like to see more.

Industry Day: Perfect your pitch in a workshop with an experienced editor and get expert advice on the next step for your novel. You'll also get a chance to pitch your novel to literary agents and ask them any questions you'd like about their list and agency.

Alumni Area: Get automatic access to our industry-leading Alumni Area after you finish the course where you can interact other alumni and benefit from a multitude of resources.

Some of our Success Stories

My time at Faber was a pivotal turning point in my writing life. It taught me to cut to the core of my story – to find it, to know it – but most importantly, it taught me to be a more ruthless editor.

Claire Daverley, author of Talking at Night

Writing a Novel

Joanna gave me confidence in my writing and the tools and framework I needed to get going, making a task that had felt insurmountable seem achievable. I can't recommend her or the course highly enough.

Kate Maxwell, author of Hush

Writing a Novel

The course I did at the Faber Academy was literally life-changing. The teaching and support it offered unlocked something very deep within me and allowed me to finally connect fully with my creativity. I have no hesitation in recommending it to anyone who wants to take their writing to the next level.

S J Watson, author of Before I Go to Sleep

Writing a Novel

The best investment I have ever made in myself [...] The last six months has been an incredible journey – one of the most difficult, most challenging but most satisfying ever.

The right course for you

We have options to suit every writer, from the flexibility of an online course - allowing you to fit your learning around other commitments - to an in-person class based in London or Newcastle.

Upcoming Courses

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Fiction Development, Novel Writing

Writing a Novel (Online)

A serious but flexible course for committed writers, with access to leading industry experts and round-the-clock support from our team.

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Advanced

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Online

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6 month +

Tutors

Sarah May, Jessica Moor

By Application

Start Date

Monday 24 Jun 2024

2 more start dates available

Application Deadline

Monday 10 Jun 2024

£2750
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Fiction Development, Novel Writing

Writing a Novel (Online)

A serious but flexible course for committed writers, with access to leading industry experts and round-the-clock support from our team.

Level

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Advanced

What do these levels mean?

Location

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Online

Length

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6 month +

Tutors

Sarah May, Jessica Moor

By Application

Start Date

Monday 30 Sep 2024

2 more start dates available

Application Deadline

Monday 16 Sep 2024

£2750
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Novel Writing

Writing a Novel (Evening)

A comprehensive six-month writing course for the serious writer, with access to some of the biggest names in publishing.

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Advanced

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London

Length

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6 month +

Tutors

Richard T. Kelly, Sarah May, Joanna Briscoe

By Application

Start Date

Wednesday 02 Oct 2024

Application Deadline

Sunday 15 Sep 2024

£4350
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Novel Writing

Writing a Novel (Daytime)

A comprehensive six-month writing course for the serious writer, with access to some of the biggest names in publishing.

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Advanced

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London

Length

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6 month +

Tutors

Shelley Weiner, Sabrina Broadbent, Nikesh Shukla

By Application

Start Date

Thursday 03 Oct 2024

Application Deadline

Sunday 15 Sep 2024

£4350
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Places available

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Female novelist writing on her laptop
Fiction Development, Novel Writing

Writing a Novel (Online)

A serious but flexible course for committed writers, with access to leading industry experts and round-the-clock support from our team.

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Advanced

What do these levels mean?

Location

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Online

Length

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6 month +

Tutors

Sarah May, Jessica Moor

By Application

Start Date

Monday 20 Jan 2025

2 more start dates available

Application Deadline

Monday 06 Jan 2025

£2750

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