Faber Academy expands into Australia

<p>Faber is expanding its Academy programme of creative writing courses, launching the Faber Academy in Australia in partnership with Allen &amp; Unwin in March 2011. <br /><br />Edwina Johnson, former publicist for Allen &amp; Unwin and artistic operations manager for Sydney Writers&#39; Festival in 2006/7, will be Academy manager, with the responsibility of overseeing operations in Sydney and developing the programme. <br /><br />Becky Fincham, head of Faber Academy, said: &quot;It seems such a natural move to bring Faber Academy to Sydney, a city with such a vibrant, energetic literary community and to run the courses in partnership with Allen &amp; Unwin, Faber&#39;s home in Australia. There is such a wealth of talent in Australia and Faber Academy is keen to nurture it.&quot;<br /><br />Robert Gorman, c.e.o. of Allen &amp; Unwin, said: &quot;We are thrilled to launch such an innovative and groundbreaking programme in Australia. Allen &amp; Unwin has a longstanding and close relationship with Faber and we greatly look forward to this new stage in our partnership.&quot; Allen &amp; Unwin acts as Faber&#39;s publishing partner in Australia and New Zealand.<br /><br />Faber Academy at Allen &amp; Unwin will launch with a six-month selective course called &quot;Writing a Novel&quot; directed by authors Kathryn Heyman and James Bradley, and including guest seminars by Kate Grenville and David Malouf, among others.&nbsp; <br /><br />Since its launch in 2008, Faber Academy has tutored more than 700 students, and involved authors such as Margaret Atwood, Blake Morrison and Kazuo Ishiguro. </p>