About Sarah May

Sarah May is the highly acclaimed author of 7 novels, including The Nudist Colony (shortlisted for the Guardian First Book Award and winner of the Amazon Bursary), Spanish City (shortlisted for the RSL Encore Award), The Internationals (longlisted for the Women’s Prize) and the best-selling Rise and Fall of the Queen of Suburbia. Her latest novel, Becky, published by Picador, is out now.

A tutor on Faber Academy’s flagship six month Writing a Novel course, Sarah has launched many brilliant new voices in fiction and is excited to announce that she has designed the new Writing a Novel online course, launching March 2023. She also teaches UEA/Guardian Masterclasses and offers one-to-one mentoring through Jill Dawson’s Gold Dust programme. On the residential front, Sarah runs an annual writing retreat in Andalucía at Casa Ana.

Sarah lives in Sussex and when she isn’t writing and teaching, works with her partner taking new versions of Shakespeare to young people and places the Bard hasn’t been before.

Faber Academy

A comprehensive six-month writing course for the serious writer, with access to some of the biggest names in publishing. Benefit from the structure of regular workshops covering everything from the first conception of an idea through to getting words on a page, narrative structure and style and re-writing.

Faber Academy Writing a Novel

Faber Academy Start to Write

Gold Dust

Gold Dust is a unique mentoring scheme for writers, founded by novelist Jill Dawson. An invaluable resource for new and emerging novelists and authors of non-fiction, Gold Dust offers eight hours of face-to-face meetings with an established novelist, usually taking place over a year. In between meetings the mentor will read your work for a further eight hours, and offer feedback on the writing, as well as an insider's advice on the publishing world and finding an agent

Gold Dust

Casa Ana

Creative writing retreats in Andalucía designed to help you achieve success in your writing. You’ll find a welcoming house, inspiring views, sunshine and amazing food. Be inspired to reach greater heights, whether you are a beginning, emerging or published writer. 

Casa Ana Writing Retreat 1 - 8 July 2023