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Faber Academy

Faber Academy is a creative writing school, providing writing courses, manuscript assessments and mentoring programmes across a wide range of disciplines including fiction, poetry and memoir.

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About Faber Academy

Faber Academy provides writing courses, manuscript assessments and mentoring programmes across a wide range of disciplines including fiction, poetry and memoir. We ran our first course in 2008, and since then have gone on to see our alumni secure major publication deals, win awards and begin their writing careers.

Our tutors, mentors and manuscript readers are celebrated, professional authors and editors, and our courses are designed with the help of pedagogical experts – but first and foremost, Faber Academy is a place for people who are passionate about writing to work together.

About <i>Faber Academy</i>
Courses range from the one-day to the year-long, and cover:
  • Courses range from the one-day to the year-long, and cover:

  • Novel writing
  • Fiction development
  • Non-Fiction
  • Poetry
  • Crime
Courses range from the one-day to the year-long, and cover:
The right course for you
Our London courses take place at Faber’s offices at the Bindery in Hatton Garden, London, and we also offer a full range of courses online, with students joining us from all over the world. With evening and daytime options available, along with fully self-paced, flexible online courses, find something that fits around life, work and your other commitments and makes the most of your writing time. View Courses
Featured Courses
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Fiction Development
Writing Audio Drama: From Radio Plays to Podcasts – 26 August 2024

Learn to write gripping audio drama with an intensive week-long course on story, structure and technique – and take an in-depth look at the growing market for this exciting form.

Level

Improving

Location

Online

Length

1-5 days

What do these levels mean?

Tutors

Mike Harris

Start Date

Monday 26 Aug 2024

£550
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Course Level Guide

There is something for everyone at the Faber Academy, whether you are a complete beginner or a seasoned writer or somewhere in between. To help you select the right course for your needs and abilities, this guide breaks down what the different levels mean, what the prerequisites for each level are and what students enrolled in the different levels can expect.

Starting Out

This is ideal for those who are curious about writing and have little to no prior experience in the field. There are no pre-requisite for these courses - all we ask is that you come with an open mind and a keenness to learn. We recommend our masterclasses and our intensive beginners’ courses for those new to writing.

Improving

These courses are ideal for those who have some experience in writing, either through academics or as a hobby and are looking for challenging courses to hone their writing skills further. These courses might run slightly longer on a full-time or part-time basis to help you maximise your learnings.

Advanced

These courses are ideal for seasoned writers who are serious about getting published. The tutors for these courses are published authors themselves and understand what it takes to make it in the world of publishing. Entry to these courses is on application-basis and writers may be asked to submit samples of their work-in-progrerss or a past project.

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Poetry
Writing Poems – 15 April 2024

A playful, supportive three-month poetry course for beginners and aspiring amateur poets, with two of the best practitioners and teachers in the country.

Level

Starting out

Location

Online

Length

12 weeks

What do these levels mean?

Tutors

Richard Scott, Julia Copus

Start Date

Monday 15 Apr 2024

£595

Course Level Guide

There is something for everyone at the Faber Academy, whether you are a complete beginner or a seasoned writer or somewhere in between. To help you select the right course for your needs and abilities, this guide breaks down what the different levels mean, what the prerequisites for each level are and what students enrolled in the different levels can expect.

Starting Out

This is ideal for those who are curious about writing and have little to no prior experience in the field. There are no pre-requisite for these courses - all we ask is that you come with an open mind and a keenness to learn. We recommend our masterclasses and our intensive beginners’ courses for those new to writing.

Improving

These courses are ideal for those who have some experience in writing, either through academics or as a hobby and are looking for challenging courses to hone their writing skills further. These courses might run slightly longer on a full-time or part-time basis to help you maximise your learnings.

Advanced

These courses are ideal for seasoned writers who are serious about getting published. The tutors for these courses are published authors themselves and understand what it takes to make it in the world of publishing. Entry to these courses is on application-basis and writers may be asked to submit samples of their work-in-progrerss or a past project.

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Novel Writing
Writing a Novel (Daytime) – 30 January 2024

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

Level

Advanced

Location

London

Length

6 month +

What do these levels mean?

Tutors

Shelley Weiner, Joanna Briscoe

By Application

Start Date

Tuesday 30 Jan 2024

£4350

Course Level Guide

There is something for everyone at the Faber Academy, whether you are a complete beginner or a seasoned writer or somewhere in between. To help you select the right course for your needs and abilities, this guide breaks down what the different levels mean, what the prerequisites for each level are and what students enrolled in the different levels can expect.

Starting Out

This is ideal for those who are curious about writing and have little to no prior experience in the field. There are no pre-requisite for these courses - all we ask is that you come with an open mind and a keenness to learn. We recommend our masterclasses and our intensive beginners’ courses for those new to writing.

Improving

These courses are ideal for those who have some experience in writing, either through academics or as a hobby and are looking for challenging courses to hone their writing skills further. These courses might run slightly longer on a full-time or part-time basis to help you maximise your learnings.

Advanced

These courses are ideal for seasoned writers who are serious about getting published. The tutors for these courses are published authors themselves and understand what it takes to make it in the world of publishing. Entry to these courses is on application-basis and writers may be asked to submit samples of their work-in-progrerss or a past project.

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Novel Writing
Writing a Novel (Evening) – 23 January 2024

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

Level

Advanced

Location

London

Length

6 month +

What do these levels mean?

Tutors

Richard T. Kelly, Sarah May, Nikesh Shukla

By Application

Start Date

Tuesday 23 Jan 2024

£4350

Course Level Guide

There is something for everyone at the Faber Academy, whether you are a complete beginner or a seasoned writer or somewhere in between. To help you select the right course for your needs and abilities, this guide breaks down what the different levels mean, what the prerequisites for each level are and what students enrolled in the different levels can expect.

Starting Out

This is ideal for those who are curious about writing and have little to no prior experience in the field. There are no pre-requisite for these courses - all we ask is that you come with an open mind and a keenness to learn. We recommend our masterclasses and our intensive beginners’ courses for those new to writing.

Improving

These courses are ideal for those who have some experience in writing, either through academics or as a hobby and are looking for challenging courses to hone their writing skills further. These courses might run slightly longer on a full-time or part-time basis to help you maximise your learnings.

Advanced

These courses are ideal for seasoned writers who are serious about getting published. The tutors for these courses are published authors themselves and understand what it takes to make it in the world of publishing. Entry to these courses is on application-basis and writers may be asked to submit samples of their work-in-progrerss or a past project.

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Fiction Development, Novel Writing
Writing YA – 25 March 2024

Spend three months in expert company, learning the key skills any YA writer requires.

Level

Improving

Location

Online

Length

12 weeks

What do these levels mean?

Tutors

Penny Joelson

Start Date

Monday 25 Mar 2024

£695

Course Level Guide

There is something for everyone at the Faber Academy, whether you are a complete beginner or a seasoned writer or somewhere in between. To help you select the right course for your needs and abilities, this guide breaks down what the different levels mean, what the prerequisites for each level are and what students enrolled in the different levels can expect.

Starting Out

This is ideal for those who are curious about writing and have little to no prior experience in the field. There are no pre-requisite for these courses - all we ask is that you come with an open mind and a keenness to learn. We recommend our masterclasses and our intensive beginners’ courses for those new to writing.

Improving

These courses are ideal for those who have some experience in writing, either through academics or as a hobby and are looking for challenging courses to hone their writing skills further. These courses might run slightly longer on a full-time or part-time basis to help you maximise your learnings.

Advanced

These courses are ideal for seasoned writers who are serious about getting published. The tutors for these courses are published authors themselves and understand what it takes to make it in the world of publishing. Entry to these courses is on application-basis and writers may be asked to submit samples of their work-in-progrerss or a past project.

Writing Lives – 5 February 2024

Life writing is perhaps the most exciting and broadest literary genre of our times – spend a week discovering how you can work within the form to tell your story of a life.

Level

Improving

Location

Online

Length

1-5 days

What do these levels mean?

Tutors

Richard Skinner, Amy Key

Start Date

Monday 05 Feb 2024

£550
Book Now

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Details

Course Level Guide

There is something for everyone at the Faber Academy, whether you are a complete beginner or a seasoned writer or somewhere in between. To help you select the right course for your needs and abilities, this guide breaks down what the different levels mean, what the prerequisites for each level are and what students enrolled in the different levels can expect.

Starting Out

This is ideal for those who are curious about writing and have little to no prior experience in the field. There are no pre-requisite for these courses - all we ask is that you come with an open mind and a keenness to learn. We recommend our masterclasses and our intensive beginners’ courses for those new to writing.

Improving

These courses are ideal for those who have some experience in writing, either through academics or as a hobby and are looking for challenging courses to hone their writing skills further. These courses might run slightly longer on a full-time or part-time basis to help you maximise your learnings.

Advanced

These courses are ideal for seasoned writers who are serious about getting published. The tutors for these courses are published authors themselves and understand what it takes to make it in the world of publishing. Entry to these courses is on application-basis and writers may be asked to submit samples of their work-in-progrerss or a past project.

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Novel Writing
Writing a Novel (Newcastle) – 29 January 2024

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

Level

Advanced

Location

Newcastle

Length

6 month +

What do these levels mean?

Tutors

Richard T. Kelly

By Application

Start Date

Monday 29 Jan 2024

£3000

Course Level Guide

There is something for everyone at the Faber Academy, whether you are a complete beginner or a seasoned writer or somewhere in between. To help you select the right course for your needs and abilities, this guide breaks down what the different levels mean, what the prerequisites for each level are and what students enrolled in the different levels can expect.

Starting Out

This is ideal for those who are curious about writing and have little to no prior experience in the field. There are no pre-requisite for these courses - all we ask is that you come with an open mind and a keenness to learn. We recommend our masterclasses and our intensive beginners’ courses for those new to writing.

Improving

These courses are ideal for those who have some experience in writing, either through academics or as a hobby and are looking for challenging courses to hone their writing skills further. These courses might run slightly longer on a full-time or part-time basis to help you maximise your learnings.

Advanced

These courses are ideal for seasoned writers who are serious about getting published. The tutors for these courses are published authors themselves and understand what it takes to make it in the world of publishing. Entry to these courses is on application-basis and writers may be asked to submit samples of their work-in-progrerss or a past project.

Fiction Development, Novel Writing, Writing for Children
Writing for Children – 13 September 2023

Don't you just take out all the long words? No. It's harder than that, but this inspiring children's writing course will help.

Level

Improving

Location

London

Length

12 weeks

What do these levels mean?

Tutors

Anthony McGowan

Start Date

Wednesday 13 Sep 2023

£995
Book Now

7 spaces left

Details

Course Level Guide

There is something for everyone at the Faber Academy, whether you are a complete beginner or a seasoned writer or somewhere in between. To help you select the right course for your needs and abilities, this guide breaks down what the different levels mean, what the prerequisites for each level are and what students enrolled in the different levels can expect.

Starting Out

This is ideal for those who are curious about writing and have little to no prior experience in the field. There are no pre-requisite for these courses - all we ask is that you come with an open mind and a keenness to learn. We recommend our masterclasses and our intensive beginners’ courses for those new to writing.

Improving

These courses are ideal for those who have some experience in writing, either through academics or as a hobby and are looking for challenging courses to hone their writing skills further. These courses might run slightly longer on a full-time or part-time basis to help you maximise your learnings.

Advanced

These courses are ideal for seasoned writers who are serious about getting published. The tutors for these courses are published authors themselves and understand what it takes to make it in the world of publishing. Entry to these courses is on application-basis and writers may be asked to submit samples of their work-in-progrerss or a past project.

Academy Success Stories
I not only completed my novel, I also learned how to navigate the choppy waters of the publishing world. I will be forever grateful for the experience.

S. J. Watson

Author of Before I Go to Sleep

When I started the course, I was considering giving up on my dream of ever having a career as a writer . . . In my case, it's been life changing.

Julie Owen Moylan

Author of That Green-Eyed Girl

As a result of the course I have received interest from three literary agents . . . I really felt part of the Faber family, and continue to do so.

Duncan

Writing a Novel student

01/ 03

how to navigate the choppy waters of the publishing world. I will be forever grateful for the experience

Academy Success Stories
FAQs

Do you offer scholarships on any of your courses?

Yes. Throughout the year, we award free places on selected courses to writers who otherwise could not afford to attend. You can see which courses we currently have scholarship places available on, and details of how to apply, here.

How experienced do I need to be to take your courses?

Some of our courses are suitable for complete beginners, while others are more advanced. You'll find a level guide on all of the course pages, explaining whether that particular course is suitable for someone just starting out or if it's designed for someone building on existing skills.

Can I book one of your courses as a gift for someone?

Yes, absolutely! For any of our shorter and twelve-week courses, you can go ahead and book a place using your own details, then drop us a line at academy@faber.co.uk to let us know the name and email address of the person who'll be attending. If the course you're looking at is one of our more advanced, application-based ones, get in touch and we'll be able to advise.

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