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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.

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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 in Bloomsbury 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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Poetry
Writing Poems – 24 January 2022

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

5-12 weeks

What do these levels mean?

Tutors

Maurice Riordan, Richard Scott

Start Date

Monday 24 Jan 2022

£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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Fiction Development
Start to Write – 25 September 2021

A no-excuses, let’s-get-going, beginners' creative writing course to kickstart your writing life.

Level

Starting out

Location

Online

Length

1-5 days

What do these levels mean?

Tutors

Sarah May

Start Date

Saturday 25 Sep 2021

4 more start dates available

£100
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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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Fiction Development, Writing for Children
Writing YA – 18 October 2021

Young Adult fiction is one of the boldest forms of recent times – learn how to write for the most passionate and discerning audience out there.

Level

Improving

Location

Online

Length

5-12 weeks

What do these levels mean?

Tutors

Lee Weatherly

Start Date

Monday 18 Oct 2021

1 more start date available

£495
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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.

Fiction Development, Novel Writing
Writing a Novel (Evening) – 18 January 2022

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, Joanna Briscoe, Sarah May, Sabrina Broadbent

By Application

Start Date

Tuesday 18 Jan 2022

£4000

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 a Novel (Daytime) – 7 October 2021

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

Nikesh Shukla, Shelley Weiner

By Application

Start Date

Thursday 07 Oct 2021

1 more start date available

£4000

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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Non-fiction
Five Days to Write a Life – 10 January 2022

There are many ways in which a life story can be presented but this course aims to understand the story you wish to tell – and to help you tell it well.

Level

Starting out

Location

London

Length

1-5 days

What do these levels mean?

Tutors

Julia Blackburn

Start Date

Monday 10 Jan 2022

£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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Short Story
Advanced Short Stories – 21 April 2022

You’ve got to grips with the basics – now it’s time to make your short stories shine.

Level

Advanced

Location

Online

Length

5-12 weeks

What do these levels mean?

Tutors

Lucy Caldwell

Start Date

Thursday 21 Apr 2022

£850
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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.

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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