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Crack the Code and Get that Novel Published

Mumsnet Academy

Saturday, September 15, 2012 at 10:00 AM - Sunday, September 16, 2012 at 4:00 PM (BST)

Crack the Code and Get that Novel Published

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  • Course Description

    Hannah Griffiths knows the business – she’s a publishing director at one of the UK’s greatest independent publishing houses, Faber and Faber. Together with Sarah Ballard a leading literary agent at London firm United Agents, she’ll tell you everything you need to know about covering letters and pitches, first pages and titles, who to submit to and what to avoid. Then, on Saturday afternoon, hear from the biggest-selling debut novelist of recent years, SJ Watson, whose book Before I Go To Sleep has sold over a million copies around the world. You’ll hear about what it’s like to be discovered and published, and everything he’s learnt along the way.

    You’ll be working on your own stuff, too. You will be asked to bring along the first page of your novel or piece of work, as well as a synopsis or pitch letter. Four breakout groups with Hannah and an agent will last approximately 1 hour and 15 minutes each, where you’ll get down to the nitty-gritty - is your title any good? Would your cover letter catch an agent’s eye? Then, on Sunday afternoon, a round-up and Q&A - the perfect chance to ask the tough questions and get frank advice from the right people.
    If you want to take your writing experience a step further, this is the place to find out how.
  • What's Included


    Day One, Saturday 15 September

    10-10.30am: Hannah Griffiths – Welcome and introduction (30 people)
    10.30-11.45pm: Breakout group 1 with Hannah / Agent (15 each group)
    11.45am: Coffee
    12-1.15pm: Breakout group 2 with Hannah / Agent (15 each group)
    1.15pm-2.15pm: Lunch
    2.15-4pm: Talk and Q&A with SJ Watson (30 people)
    Day Two, Sunday 16 September
    10am-11.15am: Breakout group 3 with Hannah / Agent (15 each group)
    11.15am: Coffee
    11.30am-12.45pm: Breakout group 4 with Hannah / Agent (15 each group)
    12.45pm-1.45: Lunch
    1.45-2.45pm: Final round-up and Q&A with Hannah / Agent (30 people)
    3-4pm: Sharing and reading work
    Please note, lunch will be at 1.15pm on Saturday, and 12.45pm on Sunday.


  • Tutor Details


    Hannah Griffiths has worked in publishing for eighteen years. She began life as a publicist, then became an agent and now works as Publishing Director at Faber and Faber. Her list includes the award-winning novelists Barbara Kingsolver and Deidre Madden as well as comedian Stewart Lee and the creators of The Thick of It.  

    Sarah Ballard works for leading London firm United Agents. She represents and works with some of Britain's leading contemporary writers including Julian Barnes, Blake Morrison, Nicci French and Ben Goldacre. 

    S J Watson was born and grew up in Stourbridge, in the West Midlands. After graduating with a degree in Physics from Birmingham University Watson moved to London and began working with the hearing impaired in various London hospitals, eventually specialising in the diagnosis and treatment of hearing impaired children, whilst spending evenings and weekends writing fiction. In 2009 Watson was accepted into the first Faber Academy Writing a Novel course. Before I Go to Sleep is the result. Now sold in over 30 language around the world, Before I Go to Sleep has also been acquired for film by Ridley Scott’s production company, Scott Free, with Rowan Joffe to direct. Filming is scheduled to begin this autumn.



  • More Information


    The course will take place from Saturday 15 September to Sunday 16 September inclusive at the Faber Academy, Faber & Faber Ltd, 74-77 Great Russell Street, London WC1.

    Maximum number of students: 30 places, on a first-come basis.
    Faber Academy is a creative writing school run by one of the great independent publishing houses, Faber and Faber. Based on 80 years of publishing experience, Faber Academy knows that writers need space and support. Enjoy the best tuition from hand-picked authors, editors and agents, on a range of practical courses – to help you get it written, and written well.
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When & Where

77A Great Russell St
WC1B 3DA London
United Kingdom

Saturday, September 15, 2012 at 10:00 AM - Sunday, September 16, 2012 at 4:00 PM (BST)

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A while back we asked you what courses you would like and the programme of masterclasses, workshops, and events we've come up with is a reflection of your  responses.

To help us deliver the programme we have enlisted some fabulous experts in a range of fields as well as teaming up with some great partners who have a reputation for delivering high-quality, life-changing courses.

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