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So much more than a writing course

Discover the secrets of storytelling

Beautiful stories, boldly told.

Our Book in a Year ® plans are structured to take you step-by-step from a strongly appealing story idea through to outlining your novel, creating a compelling cast, crafting an exciting plot, developing a powerful theme and writing step-by-step to complete your book.

You’ll discover our unique methodology including the One Hour a Day method, the Hero Book, The Five Fs of story structure, and advanced prose techniques such as Lucid Compression®. With expert guidance, you will complete your book with confidence and joy.

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1. Begin Your Story

If you're a beginner or a writer in need of fresh inspiration, and you'd like to write a page-turning story, start with the Big Idea Course.

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2. Build Your Story

To develop your storytelling skills, pack a powerful plot and build the world of your story sign up for the story foundation course, the Classic Course.

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3. Write Your Novel

If you're ready to write or have work in progress and need structure and support to finish a novel, take the Ninety Day Novel Course.

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4. The Book in a Year Plan

All the courses, coaching and community at your pace with one-to-one author sessions and feedback with a Book in a Year ® plan. 

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Founded and directed by an award-winning author

Louise Dean

The Novelry was founded in 2017 by Booker-listed, award-winning author Louise Dean for writers at all stages of their writing journeys. You can read our story here.

We’re a crack team of bestselling and award-winning working authors published by the Big Five publishing houses dedicated to bringing structure, creativity and energy to your writing. Louise oversees each and every writing plan from the very beginning through to pitching your book to literary agents. We don't leave your success to chance.

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Our partner literary agencies are world leaders in publishing seeking exciting fresh talent. They represent bestselling and award-winning authors like Philip Pullman, Michael Ondaatje, Marilynne Robinson, Madeleine Miller, Celeste Ng, Gail Honeyman, Richard Osman, Paula Hawkins, J.M Coetzee, Jacqueline Wilson... The list is long.

And one day your name might well be on it.


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The writing course with bestselling authors

A lively program of online events for you to enjoy

Our members enjoy weekly live online workshops and special group sessions for crime fiction, science fiction and fantasy fiction, historical fiction, children's fiction and more. We offer a weekly drop-in Story Clinic to troubleshoot your writing problems with our author tutors and Sunday evening sessions with our founder. You'll enjoy our online worldwide open-all-hours community with a host of exciting interactive features, our daily news, a writers' feedback workshop, book club and competitions. You'll make some great connections and make new writer friends.

With regular celebrity and bestselling author guest sessions live and recorded for you to view as a box set with Catch Up TV only at The Novelry. 

Live the writing life

The world's best-loved online writing course

With more independent five star reviews than any other.

Structure. Support. Success.

If you’re writing you’ll need good advice at some point to help you skip a few abandoned manuscripts and a fair bit of frustration. Writing is better when you have structure, support and know where you’re going with your story. 

We'll get you straight from the start. Our professional team will work on your writing plan before you put pen to paper – or to reboot your work in progress – to ensure you write your book with confidence.

Courses. Coaching. Community.

One-to-one coaching

Write with an author at your side. 

When it comes to you and your writing, we’ll shine a light on what’s good to build your morale and help you progress quickly. We grow writers with encouragement and motivational support. We’ll offer ideas, solutions and positive fixes to troubleshoot your writing problems and help you stay on course. 

Our bestselling and award-winning author tutors are writers published by the world's major publishing houses like Penguin Random House. They take pride in their writers' achievements. You will be recommended a tutor before you start writing, but you're free to choose the writer you most want to work with and you can benefit from their diverse experience in all genres and swap as you go if you wish. We keep track of your writing with our brilliant tech platform and meet regularly to discuss each and every writer's story and progress as a team.

A little accountability can be a great thing for a writer. You'll develop confidence in your writing with support from people who believe in you and want the best for you and your book.

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Our structured and supportive courses


The Book in a Year plan will enable you to develop your book in structured step-by-step phases. Our method allows you to enjoy every stage of your writing.

Relish the playful mystery of the first draft, enjoy writing your first draft inside a professional relationship of trust with your author tutor.

Relax, because the art happens at second draft where we bring the reader into the story and craft a polished manuscript with our expert editorial team on hand to guide you.

Our method has earned us more independent five-star reviews on Trustpilot than any other online writing course in the world.

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The next chapter of your life

A story is driven by change, as are our lives. The magic of writing is that what we write changes us too.

As we start putting one word after another, we begin to consider our theme, our values, the roads taken and the roads not taken.

We become a new version of ourselves by getting other versions down on the page.

It’s fascinating not only what goes onto the page, but what doesn’t – who you are when you stand up after writing can be mysteriously different from who you were when you sat down. 

Writing a book begins a new chapter of your life. Don’t miss the opportunity to discover your story, and more, too, about who you are and who you want to be.

Because we're writers writing too, we are passionate about the craft of storytelling and want to share our love of writing with you. That's why so many writers describe their experience at The Novelry as ‘life-changing’.

You’re a writer the moment you join us. 

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