Writing a Novel course

Date : 
02 May 2017 
Venue: Allen & Unwin's publishing house
Community Event
Cost: $3,250 / $2,760 alumni or $2,760 for those who sign up for Writing a Novel: Stage 2 at the same time

Event Details

Write your novel, and write it well. For aspiring novelists ready to leap in, this course will guide you through the process of planning and beginning your novel, creating new scenes, playing with ideas, finding a voice and establishing a writing practice. Using a combination of targeted writing exercises, group discussion and carefully selected examples, the focus of this course will be on your own writing, with the aim of ending the course with a substantial body of new writing, heading towards a first draft of your novel.

  • Benefit from the structure of regular classes covering everything from the first conception of an idea through to getting words on a page, narrative structure and style.
  • Learn from our experienced Course Directors, as well as guest tutors including top authors, and agents/publishers.
  • Receive a personalised consultation on your project from your tutor.
  • Get it done. When undertaken with Writing a Novel: Stage 2, this is a flexible alternative to a creative writing MA, designed for people who might be considering a career and who are prepared to engage fully in the hard work involved. Apart from the workshops, you will be devoting as much time as possible between classes to writing.
  • Receive invaluable feedback by having the chance to present your work to your class of other committed novelists.
  • Start your career. There is no better way to get on the road to publication than to meet the people who know how to make that happen.

Praise for Writing a Novel

I have done writing courses before but this far outstrips any of them: the fundamentals of voice, plot, turning points, technical structures, have been invaluable. Engaging, encouraging and incredibly knowledgeable.
Lindsay, Sydney, 2016

I found every single session of Writing a Novel useful and productive. I have always worked alone and had reservations about a long program of close work with a group but it has been a wonderfully rewarding experience. I cannot think of a thing that could have been done better or that I would want done differently.
Janine, Sydney, 2015

Anyone who has attempted to write a novel knows how difficult it can be, how easy it is to become trapped in the thicket of your own work. Undertaking this course is like being led into a clearing - it provides a sort of illumination of the novel writing process.
Sarah, Sydney, 2014

A writing school on the rooftop of a big publishing house, wow. It's literally in the air. Just taking deep breaths, sucking in the fumes, is inspiring ... I found it unreal that I was supported to be the writer that I am. At no stage did I feel put in a box, or constrained by the rules.
Dave, Sydney, 2013

(Faber Writing Academy) gave me a much needed framework and deadlines to work seriously on my novel with the benefit of proper feedback from experienced novelists. Listening to the guest authors reveal their writing processes and offer practical advice to new writers was priceless. Almost as importantly, the weekly meetings and day workshops with other attendees, all grappling with their own books, dispersed a little of the loneliness of writing and became a kind of mutual therapy that I think we all missed very much when the course ended.
Joanne Riccioni, Sydney, 2011 (The Italians at Cleat's Corner Store was published in Australia and the UK in 2014).


About the Course Director

Kathryn Heyman is the author of six novels, most recently Floodline. Her new book, Storm and Grace, will be published in February 2017. She has won numerous awards including an Arts Council of England Writers Award, the Wingate and the Southern Arts Awards, and been nominated for the Orange Prize, the Scottish Writer of the Year Award, the Edinburgh Fringe Critics' Awards, the Kibble Prize, and the West Australian Premier's Book Awards. Her radio plays for BBC Radio include adaptations of her own work.

As well as being the Program Director for Faber Writing Academy in Australia, Kathryn Heyman is the director of the Australian Writers Mentoring Program, a member of the Folio Prize Academy and is a Conjoint Professor in the School of Humanities and Social Sciences at the University of Newcastle.

James Bradley is an award-winning writer and literary critic. His books include four novels, Wrack, The Deep Field, The Resurrectionist and Clade, a book of poetry, Paper Nautilus and, as editor, The Penguin Book of the Ocean. His literary criticism and journalism has appeared in The Times Literary Supplement, The Guardian, The Washington Post, The Australian Literary Review, Australian Book Review, The Monthly, Locus, The New York Review of Science Fiction, Griffith Review, Meanjin, Heat, The Sydney Morning Herald and The Age. In 2012 he was awarded the Pascall Prize for Criticism.


02 May 2017 at 06:30 PM - 08:30 PM
09 May 2017 at 06:30 PM - 08:30 PM
16 May 2017 at 06:30 PM - 08:30 PM


Allen & Unwin's publishing house
83 Alexander Street
Crows Nest
New South Wales 2065


: 02 8425 0171

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