This is a What’s my Scene? post from Sarah Menary from Faber Writing Academy inside Allen & Unwin’s publishing houses in Sydney & Melbourne.

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'Anyone who has attempted to write a novel knows how difficult it can be, how easy it is to become trapped in the thicket of your own work. Undertaking this course is like being led into a clearing – it provides a sort of illumination of the novel writing process.' That’s what Sarah Price said about our 2014 Writing a Novel course, now in its 5th year. After the course, Sarah penned a beautifully written piece which appeared in The Saturday Paper. Sarah is an English High school teacher and this was her first submission to the press.

Her words sums up what we’re all about at Faber Writing Academy: supporting emerging writers by giving them access to the best advice and feedback from award-winning novelists and our most senior Allen & Unwin publishers.

I’m an aspiring writer myself and completed our Writing a Novel course which starts again this March 10 (Tuesday evenings) and has a scholarship for both the Melbourne and Sydney courses (deadline for scholarship applications is Feb 6). A third of the students last year caught the interest of an agent (sadly not me but I’m not giving up!)

For those doing memoir/narrative non-fiction writing, we have Australia’s foremost life-writer teaching for us on the True Stories Sydney course starting on Feb 28 on Friday mornings. There’s lots more slated too with our 1% Inspiration and Overcoming Writer’s Block courses. For further info go to

If you fancy a chat about where you’re at or want to talk to someone who has done quite a few writing courses, tweet me at @sarahmenary  I’m also keen to receive posts about what you’ve learnt so far on your writing journey, including obstacles. I may publish your post on our website and recommend it appears on Allen & Unwin’s blog Things Made From Letters  Good luck with your writing. 


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Sam van Zweden was Writers Bloc’s Online Editor from 2013 - 2015. A Melbourne-based writer and blogger, her work has appeared in The Big Issue, Voiceworks, Tincture Journal, Page seventeen, and others. She’s passionate about creative nonfiction and cross stitch. She tweets @samvanzweden.