January 23


After ten years of having the ideas for his novel The Nancys in his head, it took our Faber Writing Academy courses to finally bring Rob McDonald’s story to the page, and here he discusses how the Writing a Novel course, his tutors and fellow students helped him on the path to publication.

June 8

Melbourne Writers Festival 2018 blog interview with the incredible Toni Jordan on my time at Faber Academy writing The Nancys. Amazing teacher and author.


May 16

A short video chatting to Gillian May from Faber Writing Academy about my experience with them. (Excuse the tired eyes!)

‘I went from being someone who had kept his writing hidden to calling myself a writer.’
Rob McDonald, Writing a Novel (2016). His first book The Nancys will be published by Allen & Unwin in 2019.


Really looking forward to doing a Faber Academy session at Melbourne’s Emerging Writers’ Festival with my Faber teacher and brilliant author Paddy O’Reilly.

Saturday 23rd June 12pm, State Library Victoria, Conference Centre
179 La Trobe St, Melbourne VIC 3000


May 11
Jane Palfreyman, R.W.R.McDonald and Grace Heifetz

Great news to share. My debut novel, The Nancys, will be published by the amazing Jane Palfreyman at Allen and Unwin, coming out in 2019.

Huge thanks to Grace Heifetz at Curtis Brown (Aust) Pty Ltd for everything!!!



November 16

Amazing to see my #8WordStory up on billboards in Brisbane!



June 22

June 7

Highly commended entries

The Nancys by R.W.R. McDonald

Judges’ notes: A murder mystery featuring Tippy Chan, the 11 year old is narrator. Her Uncle Pike and his boyfriend Devon come to take care of her while her mother is on a holiday. Tippy’s friend Todd has an accident and her teacher is gruesomely murdered. Tippy, Uncle Pike and Devon start a detective club inspired by Nancy Drew and call themselves The Nancys and attempt to solve the mystery. This novel features lots of laugh out loud moments, and captures the sense of small town prejudice while featuring larger than life characters.


November 24