Faber Writing Academy - Interview (July 2019)
How did Faber Writing Academy begin?
The first Faber Academy course was offered at the iconic Shakespeare & Co bookstore in Paris in 2008. Since then the Academy program run from Faber in the UK has welcomed more than 1500 writing students enrolling in short and long courses. Faber courses are devised and delivered by leading figures active in contemporary publishing and involve leading writers. In 2010 the Faber Academy (as it was then) found a home in Allen & Unwin, Australia’s leading independent publisher. As in the UK our courses are embedded firmly in the publishing industry with tutors and guest presenters all experts in their fields. The courses run out of our offices in Sydney and Melbourne. Since opening nearly 1000 students have joined us, 27 Faber Writing Academy graduates have gone on to be published so far and 5 more are due to be published in 2019. We are very proud of that result.
What are Faber Writing Academy’s goals?
Our goal is to deliver the best, practical, creative and effective writing courses on offer in Sydney and Melbourne. We hope to help students be the very best writers they can be and to achieve their own writing goals – whether they are aiming for commercial publication or to produce something for the enjoyment of friends and family we can offer value. We see our courses doing three things – helping people get started writing; helping people stay the distance with their writing and providing industry based contacts, information and expertise.
Please tell us about the programs offered by Faber Writing Academy.
We offer a range of courses. Writing a Novel is a comprehensive program delivered in two 14 week stages which takes students from planning through to pitching. True Stories is a 14 week course for writers of memoir and narrative nonfiction. Writing for Children and Young Adults is a three-month program for those with a younger audience in mind. We also have numerous one-day courses on topics such as how to make your writing more exciting, how to maximise your chances of getting published and the writers career. Subscribe to our newsletter and visit our website to see what’s on offer.
Where are your courses available?
We are inside Australia’s leading independent publisher so our courses take place in the Allen & Unwin offices in Sydney and Melbourne.
Do you offer scholarships?
We offer three scholarships – one for True Stories (Sydney) and one each for Writing a Novel Stage 1 in Sydney and Melbourne. The scholarship winners are able to enrol for FREE.
I’m just beginning my creative journey, are your courses suitable for beginners?
We do offer courses that are suitable for beginners. Electric Words is a course that is new for 2019 and will be offered in both Sydney and Melbourne and it will help new writers kick off their writing projects. We’re also developing a one day program that will lay out the career path that awaits a successful writer. This is another new program for 2019 and we think it will generate a lot of interest.
Can you share any student success stories with us?
Author Pip Smith has travelled the full circle with the Faber Writing Academy. She won the 2015 Scholarship for Writing a Novel in Sydney. Her novel Half Wild, based on the extraordinary life of Eugenia Falleni was contracted by Allen & Unwin and published in 2017. Now Pip has returned as a tutor and will be Sydney course director of Electric Words. You can find out more about our Success Stories by visiting our website.
How can we find out more about Faber Writing Academy?
You can find out more about our courses by visiting our website: www.faberwritingacademy.com.au. A good thing to do while you’re there is SUBSCRIBE to our mailing list – that way you’ll hear all the news first. Of course you can also email us at , or call us on (02) 8425 0171. You’ll also find us on facebook: www.facebook.com/Faberwriting and twitter: twitter.com/faberwriting