Our Alumni

We know that success means something different for every writer who joins one of our courses.

It could mean a traditional publishing deal. But it could also mean finding the courage to share your stories for the first time, or learning a skill that makes a practical difference at work or in academia.

While not every writer strives for publication, we feel that the number who have gone on to publish is testament to the quality of our courses and the brilliant team of tutors who nurture and support each new participant who walks through our virtual doors.

Below are just a few testimonials from our alumni who have gone on to publish. 

Joanna Cannon

The Trouble With Goats and Sheep (2016)
The Borough Press, Harper Collins
Sunday Times Top 10 Bestseller

“Before studying with Faber Academy, I would never have dreamed of letting anyone actually read anything I’d written, let alone enter a competition. However, after a few months of building my courage on the course, I did just that.”  Read more…

Aoife Clifford

All These Perfect Strangers (2016)
Simon & Schuster UK
Longlisted for ABIA 2017

“A good mentor is someone who can be a sounding board, a warning bell and a beacon of hope all at once. I worked on my novel All These Perfect Strangers with Tom Bromley and found his advice invaluable.” 

Asia Mackay

Killing It (2018)
First runner-up for CWIP Prize 2019

“I took a rough plot outline to the Faber Academy Writing a Novel online course with the brilliant Tom Bromley. By the end of the seven months I had learnt so much and managed to complete a rough first draft.”  Read more…

Jo Furniss

The Trailing Spouse (2018)
Lake Union Publishing

“I felt that the Writing Crime Fiction course could give me some useful lessons on structure and pacing. The course shaped The Trailing Spouse in one very dramatic way, by giving me a new character who demanded her own story to be told!”  Read more…

Keziah Frost

The Reluctant Fortune Teller (2018)
Harper Collins/ Harlequin/ Park Row Books

Reading others’ novel ideas, sharing my own, and exchanging reactions—all of this made the writing process feel like a shared adventure.”  Read more…

Awais Khan

In the Company of Strangers (2019)
Book Guild Publishing Ltd

“The six-month online course was absolutely amazing, and the friendships I made are still going strong to this day – they all came to my book launch in London last month.”  Read more…

Katherine Slee

For Emily (2020)

“Not only did I discover the lead character of my book, but also a trusted friend and a wonderful tutor who have encouraged me every step of the way. I went on to do another online course with Faber Academy, which resulted in a fully-fledged manuscript that I felt was better than anything I had written before.”

Deborah Masson

Hold Your Tongue (2020)
Bloody Scotland’s Crime Debut of the Year 2020

“[My two-book deal] really wouldn’t have been possible without Faber Academy, my fantastic tutor Tom Bromley, and the support of my fellow students…I can’t recommend the courses highly enough.”  Read more…

Hannah Persaud

The Codes of Love (2020)
Muswell Press
Longlisted for Not the Booker Prize 2020

“I decided to do the Faber Academy Getting Started course in a last-ditch attempt to pursue my dream to become a writer. I hadn’t ever written any fiction. The course was amazing and gave me the confidence to hope that if I worked hard enough at it there might be a chance for me.”

AJ Campbell

Leave Well Alone (2020)
Code Grey Publishing
Amazon bestseller

“The [Faber Academy Writing a Novel] course was excellent. I still refer to the notes today… Supportive writers from across the globe provided regular peer reviews which were insightful and reassuring. Most of all, the course gave me the confidence to write my story.” Read more…




Helen BattenThe Scarlett Sisters (2015) – Ebury Press, Penguin Random House

CS SavageLead Me Home (2018) – Bloodhound Books

Niki MackayI, Witness (2018) – Orion

EC ScullionIntruders (2020) – RedDoor Press

Bridget KroneSmall Mercies (2020) – Walker Books

Penny BatchelorMy Perfect Sister (2020) – RedDoor Press