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Faber Writing Academy in Australia is part of Faber Academy which was set up in 2008 with a course at Shakespeare & Co bookshop in Paris led by Jeanette Winterson.
Students learn inside independent publisher Allen & Unwin’s offices in Melbourne and Sydney
In the words of Time Out magazine “If you’re an author in the making, Faber Writing Academy has a long or short course that can catapult you towards your goal.”
We’re best known for our fiction courses and particularly Writing A Novel, a three-month evening course with a novelist who is highly acclaimed as a teacher as well as a writer. The course guides students through the first draft of their novel with guest sessions from our publishing professionals.
Our Writing for Children (three month) course also has an equally strong pedigree and has the same combination of excellent tutoring from a top author together with our own publishing professionals.
On the non-fiction side, we have Australia's foremost lifewriter teaching her only three month course for us, True Stories - Writing Memoir and Narrative Non-Fiction. 37 of Patti Miller's students have been published since studying with her and her course is a transformative experience.
We pay all our writers ASA recommended rates and we don’t get subsidies from the State like Writers Victoria and the NSW Writers Centre. This means are courses cost more but our feedback shows it’s worth it.
Student success stories keep on coming. 2016 will see several debut novels by our students hitting the bookstores: Debra Jopson’s Oliver of the Levant (Random House); Caroline Beecham for Maggie's Kitchen (Allen & Unwin forthcoming), Michelle Wright with a short story collection Fine and a novel (Allen & Unwin) and Sally Abbott who won the Richell Prize for Emerging Writers who has now signed a contract with Hachette for her winning manuscript Closing Down.
Books by students of the Writing for Children course have been snapped up too. Jill Lever's first book The worm who knew karate, illustrated by Terry Denton, was published by Penguin in 2015 and has been selected by the Story Box Library where you can find it read by actor and comedian Rusty Berther.
Davina Bell’s first picture book, The Underwater Fancydress Parade, illustrated by Allison Copoys came out with Scribe in March 2015. She also has a picture book coming out in 2016 with Allen & Unwin called Hattie Helps Out which will be co-written with Jane Goodwin and illustrated by Freya Blackwood.
Ella Mulvey will have her first picture book published by Allen & Unwin in early 2017. The Rabbit Hole Golf Course will be illustrated by Karen Briggs (Kick with my left foot) and it tells the story of a little girl heading out with a group of Aboriginal women to hunt for a pet rabbit.
To keep up to date with our student's publishing successes go to our website and choose the Student Success News section.