We’ve had an astonishing run of alumni success stories recently, most notably Jayne Newling winning the Human Right Commission Award for Literature, so we’ve rounded up and highlighted a few of them in celebration of our fabulous Faber Writing Academy students.
Writing a Novel
A third of our Writing a Novel graduates this year have publishers or agents currently looking at their work so no doubt we will have others to add to the list before too long! You can read some of their work in the Writing a Novel Anthology, available as a free e-book on Amazon.
Writing a Novel alumna Debra Jopson will have her novel published by Random House in early 2016. Oliver of the Levant is the story of a Bondi teenager who gets caught up in the 1970s civil war in Beirut.
Students from the Writing a Novel course celebrate completion by reading their work to family, friends, publishers and agents – nerve-racking!
As well as working on her own writing, another Writing a Novel alumni Dana Ross is curating a great series of events in Melbourne featuring other writers – the SHORTS@45 series. With bi-monthly themed readings by authors and actors, it celebrates the best short story writing at home and overseas.
Find out more on the SHORTS@45 website.
Children’s Writing Courses
Allen & Unwin will publish Ella Mulvey’s picture book 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. Ella is an alumna of our 2014 Writing for Children course.
In 2016 Allen & Unwin will also publish Maria Alafaci’s Zelda’s Big Adventure which will be illustrated by Shane McGowan (illustrator of Ten Little Hermit Crabs). Maria did the Picture Book masterclass we ran in Sydney last year with the Australian Society of Authors. This is a very funny early childhood ‘little red hen’-style story with a wonderfully resourceful lead character.
Emma Viskic did our Getting Published course in 2012 and her short story, Web Design, won last year’s Ned Kelly Sandra Harvey Award. In addition her story, The Hero, won the previous year’s Thunderbolt Award for Crime Fiction. The Hero also appears in Award Winning Australian Writing 2014. She said the feedback she received on our course was extremely helpful.
Finally, Fleur Ferris, a graduate of our Getting Published course, has a YA novel coming out in July 2015 with Random House. Fleur believes the advice she received during the course about revising her novel secured her an agent, and advice on her novel was ‘invaluable‘.
Join us at the Faber Writing Academy
If you want to join these talented writers and progress your craft, take a look at our upcoming writing, editing and publishing courses at Faber Writing Academy in Sydney and Melbourne, particularly our Writing a Novel scholarships.
We’ve got information nights taking place at the start of February, so come along and find out more from our tutors and meet other students.