Become a Published Author
The professional career path with expert course content, author coaching, intensive feedback, and a full manuscript assessment.
Achieve your ambition and develop advanced creative writing skills to complete a novel. We'll take you from the foundation of a strong story idea through to completing a novel or memoir to publishing standards. The carefully structured, fully-coached, plan includes feedback on 120,000 words of your writing during your year with us, with regular author and editor feedback sessions towards a full manuscript assessment.
The Finished Novel Course is an online alternative to a Masters in Creative Writing. The course is focused on a practical outcome – submission of your manuscript to the world's leading literary agencies.
Develop Advanced Creative Writing Skills
The Classic Course
Your journey begins here. Discover the storytelling secrets of the all-time bestselling classics to ensure your plot is packing the prime movers for a story readers will find spellbinding. Create the idea for your story and outline a novel with pain-free plotting to create your classic. 55 lessons.
A Full Manuscript Assessment
Our in-house professional editorial team will evaluate every aspect of your story and writing: from the overall narrative arc to each character, from pace and momentum to prose and dialogue. A fully marked-up manuscript and a comprehensive report that looks at your work, sentence by sentence, with clear guidance for final touches.
Membership of the Writers' Group
Your course includes a year's membership of our thriving and active worldwide writer's group. With weekly live writing classes, bestselling guest author events live and available to you as recorded box set with classes with global bestsellers like Val McDermid, Paula Hawkins and David Nicholls. Our online social community is open 24/7 with a feedback workshop. Drop in to write in good company.
Your Expert Team
Our authors and editors have won or been nominated for many famous awards and achieved global bestseller sales. The team have worked with Penguin Random House, Pan Macmillan and many more famous publishing houses. Your plan includes live coaching sessions, feedback on 20,000 words of your work during development and a full manuscript assessment and a plan for submission to literary agencies.
We recommend you set aside an hour a day for your writing when you come onto the novel-writing phase of the plan. You can schedule your 30-45 minute author coaching sessions and editorial feedback sessions at times convenient to you and check in when you wish during your writing. The course lessons will take 20-30 minutes. When it comes to the last stage - The Big Edit - we recommend you work in chunks of time, say 2-3 hours a session, at weekends or occasional evenings when you can.
FAQs for The Finished Novel Course
(You can review our complete listing of FAQs here.)
How much time will I need to set aside?
Are all lessons available to me now?
Includes 6 author coaching sessions
The Big Edit and editor sessions
What happens if I don't finish in my year?
What's included in Membership?
How long is my Manuscript Assessment valid for?
What if my manuscript is longer than 100,000 words?
Do you take commission on successful submissions?
Do you offer a money-back guarantee?
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“These courses have changed my writing life and I can’t recommend them highly enough.”
“Within a short time of starting the lessons, I had my idea sorted and 90 days later I had my first draft. After taking the editing course and taking advantage of all the wonderful author chats and workshops offered by The Novelry, I secured a two-book deal and it has been optioned for development into a six-part TV series.”
– Tracey Emerson
“A wonderful organisation for aspiring writers, and we’re thrilled to work with them!”
– Madeleine Milburn, Director of Madeleine Milburn Literary TV & Film Agency
“It took me 66 years to get an agent. And it’s been worth the wait.”
“I joined an amazing online writing community called The Novelry. Up until then, I’d got to the point where I’d lost momentum and couldn’t finish anything. I wailed to Louise at The Novelry that I had no ideas and she assured me that after the first week of the course – I’d have something. She was right.” – Susie Bower
'Accomplished' THE INDEPENDENT (Top Ten Children's Books)
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