Rewriting the Rules

Alexandra Joel, one of many successful alumini of Patti Miller’s Writing True Stories courses, has just published her memoir Rosetta, and writes about how a Faber Writing Academy course helped shape her writing from a journalism background and break down the writing rules she’d known.Read the rest

On learning to write, and how to love it

Pip Smith, 2015 scholarship winner for our Faber Writing Academy Writing a Novel course in Sydney shares what she learned during the course:

Sometimes it feels as if my novel-writing process grinds forward with the speed of shifting tectonic plates.… Read the rest

Tips for NaNoWriMo: Margo Lanagan on planning

This month we’re offering up tips from our authors on tackling NaNoWriMo, or National Novel Writing Month, which takes place in November every year. Following on from advice from Lili Wilkinson and Jack Heath, here’s some from one of our Faber Writing Academy tutors Margo Lanagan who recommends planning, and walking away:

Have things planned to the point where you know before you sit down what scene(s) you’re going to be writing today.… Read the rest

Why would an otherwise sane person become a Wrimo? Jack Heath on NaNoWriMo

November sees NaNoWriMo, or for those not au-fait with the acronym: National Novel Writing Month, which challenges writers to write at least 50,000 words of a novel. So we thought we’d ask some of our authors who’ve tackled NaNoWriMo what they discovered in the process – Jack Heath shares why he thinks you should do NaNoWriMo (aside from the hope of a published novel, which both he & Lili Wilkinson achieved)…

Every year, hundreds of thousands of would-be novelists register for NaNoWriMo.… Read the rest