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The Advanced Class

Master your story

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Time
1 year. 30 lessons
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Suitable for
Intermediate and experienced writers
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Ideal for
Anyone who has been writing for a while

Prepare to write your best novel

Suitable for intermediate or more experienced writers in need of refreshment, refinement or inspiration.  

Whether you write professionally, for personal pleasure, or you’re a published author already, The Advanced Writing Class will help elevate your writing game, your confidence, and your chances of success.

Reignite the magic. Realize your potential.

Get the inside track

Establish a high-stakes drama for your next best novel yet. With this class, you’ll gain absolute control of your story to outline your plot.

We’ll take an insider’s look under the bonnet of Pulitzer and Booker Prize-winning novels to consider how to bring the best storytelling techniques to adult fiction to find the sweet spot of acclaim and bestseller status.

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Your standout story

Why The Advanced Class is the perfect fit for you

Say it with economy and style  

With The Advanced Class, you’ll learn who you are (or will be) as an author and how to play to your unique strengths. You’ll hone your writing skills and discover new-to-you techniques. You’ll take absolute control of your plot and its players.

But most importantly, you’ll reignite your passion for prose.

Say hello to your new writing chapter

When you sign up for The Advanced Class, you get far more than an online writing program. You gain a global and supportive community of like-minded writers, editors, publishing professionals and cheerleaders.

In fact, we’re the largest online writing community exclusively for novelists.

Here at The Novelry you’ll find everything (and everyone) you need to write better, and write happy—from workshops, networking opportunities, and annual party get-togethers, to feedback sessions, and safe spaces for sharing the ins and outs and ups and downs of the novelist’s affliction.

Write from the edge of your seat, and people will read from the edge of theirs

Writing for pleasure is one thing. Writing for commercial success quite another.

In The Advanced Class, you’ll learn the trade secrets of the bestseller. And our Story First Method ® will ensure the tale you want to tell has commercial appeal before you begin telling it.

You’ll discover the key ingredients required for readers to stay gripped to each and every word.  All before you even put pen to paper.

This saves you a whole lot of time and trouble, so you can hit the page writing, with confidence.

Not all writing classes are created equal

A great online writing class will go beyond general theory or tips and tricks. It’ll help you make smarter progress, faster. A great writing class will:

  • Teach tried-and-true technique and invaluable skills that you won’t have encountered yet.
  • From an award-winning authors. (Who’s been around the block!)
  • Enable you to get your novel done. (And done well.)
  • Welcome you to a global and supportive writing community.
  • School you in the vital requirements of your genre.
  • Put you on a defined path to publishing.

 With a great writing class you’ll get all the answers you require, the inspiration you want and the support you need to thrive.

On your terms. At your pace.

The world's best-loved writing school

More 5* reviews than any other 
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Write for pleasure at The Novelry and you’ll be rewarded with far more than you ever imagined. But don’t just take our word for it…

‘With The Advanced Class I learned how fun it is to be curious, and see what happens on the page and I learned the practice of ABSOLUTE CONTROL. It’s my world! I’ve slowed down. This has been huge. Sometimes I just sit quietly in the mornings. This morning, as I’m writing this, the fireplace is lit, my dog is snoring on the chair next to me and my half-drunk cup of coffee is waiting to be refilled. I sit with my story and my characters, allowing them to reveal themselves to me instead of trying to fit them into various partial copies of myself. It is these moments when I feel the most content. Thank you for creating this, and creating a place where anyone and everyone feels at home and in safe hands.’

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Ashley Redwood

‘I really loved the way the course broke things down. The advice was practical and understandable in a way that I haven’t found in a lot of other writing books and courses. The Advanced Class has given me the knowledge and confidence to be able to handle the problems and crises this new novel is sure to throw at me. It has shown me how to build a strong foundation from the beginning while keeping it flexible enough to grow and change as my novel does.’

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Katy Bowman

‘The Advanced Class has really helped me to flesh out my characters and organize my story. I have a better idea of story and chapter structure. I feel like I now have all the tools I need to make my story the best it can be. Before, I felt writing an entire novel sounded too overwhelming. But now I can’t wait to write it!’

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Why The Advanced Class?

Progress at your own pace

Course and community access for an entire year.

Your success, on your terms. Always.

This is a self-paced class; you drive the development of your story. The tempo of the march is yours to decide.

You’ll need at least 30 minutes for each lesson, and probably some time to capture your thoughts and ideas as you start writing.

We recommend setting aside an hour a day just for you and your writing.

This class will get your words flowing and help you find your way into the story. Give each lesson as much time as you want and revisit the lessons as you tighten the premise.

And if time is tight and life is getting in the way, never fear. There are 30 lessons in total, and 365 days to do them.

Stay a little longer

Life. It happens to the best of us.

A good story will wait

You have 365-days’ access to The Advanced Class. But don’t worry if you need to pause to think for a while.

You can easily extend your access to the class itself, or stay as a member with access to the workshops and community for just $299 or £249 a year.

Money back policy

Our Happy Writing guarantee.

Time to check it’s right for you

We maintain a happy and supportive community for all of our writers. So, we offer a 7-day money-back Happy Writing Guarantee for all our classes and courses, should you change your mind.

Write with the best in the business

Award-winning authors. Publishing editors. Leading literary agents.

Coaches not lecturers

Many online writing programs promote ‘featured’ videos of one or two big-name stars. And you sit, you watch, you learn. Passively.

Here at The Novelry, our online writing classes and courses come with a team of writer all-stars built right in. They’re part of the furniture around our happy writing home. You’ll run into them in the virtual halls of The Novelry, in your personal coaching sessions, and week in, week out at workshops or in your online community.

We’re talking stars whose books have hit the New York Times and Sunday Times bestseller lists, and have been adapted for screen and optioned for major motion pictures.

Writing stars who work with you, not lecture at you.

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40+ workshops a month

In addition to your class.

Write in good company

Guided, group-based workshops with fellow writers, bestselling authors and publishing professionals. Offered live online, but also recorded, so you can easily catch up if you miss one.

You’ll get advice and writing prompts, genre-specific challenges and exercises to help you develop your writing and deepen your craft. And of course, you’ll have a community of like-minded spirits, cheering you on as you reach each milestone on your journey.

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Genre expertise

What’s your style?

“Outstanding genre-specific workshops!”

—April Love-Fordham

You may be burning to write a thriller, yearning to capture a romance, or scoping out the near-future world of a science fiction story.

Maybe you’re yet to discover your type. Perhaps you’re between genres right now.

Any which way, this course will help you put your story on steroids. You can choose your author coach based on their expertise, and our genre-specific workshops are in a league of their own.

Video masterclasses

From the likes of Kristin Hannah and Yann Martel.

Catch-up TV for storytellers

(Binge-watch the series.)

Over 100 classes with famous bestselling writers, publishing experts and leading literary agents for you to explore in your own time.

Find out how your best-loved authors (really) write their books, from Tess Gerritsen, Paula Hawkins, Sophie Kinsella, and Val McDermid to Lucy Foley, Katherine Rundell, Samantha Shannon, Steven Erikson and (so) many more.

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A supportive writing community

Find your people.

Come for the course. Stay for the people.

We’re the largest online writing community exclusively for novelists and memoir writers. This group offers you a safe space to share the ins and outs and ups and downs of the creative life.

It’s ad-free and bound by the terms of confidentiality, allowing you to be yourself as a writer among industry professionals, trusted new friends, and like-minded people.

What’s more, our annual US and UK parties and networking events offer the perfect opportunity to mingle and celebrate your work. Cheers to that!

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Created by a Booker Prize-listed author

We don’t just talk the talk.

“Louise Dean is a significant voice in British fiction”

The Observer

When it comes to writing, and writing success, Founder and Course Director Louise Dean knows a thing or two about a thing or two.

Booker Prize-listed, winner of The Betty Trask Prize and the Le Prince Maurice Prize, finalist for the Costa Coffee 2020 Short Story Award, longlisted for the Dublin International Literary Award, and nominated for The Guardian First Book Prize (among others), Louise has earned plaudits from the Nobel Laureate for Literature, no less. Her books have been praised by the New York Times, The Guardian, The Observer and The Sunday Times.

Louise shares her (award-winning) wordsmithery secrets in the courses and classes and draws on a lifetime and love of reading fiction and the techniques of the greats.

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We’re the home of happy writing  

When choosing your writing course, always make sure to look for these things:

  • Independent rave reviews from real people giving their names.
  • Writing coaches who are award-winning and bestselling published authors.
  • One-on-one, personalized instruction focused on what you need.
  • A professional path to getting published with links to a range of literary agencies.
  • An inspiring writers’ group with a kind and encouraging ethos.

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A clear path to publishing

Yours if you want it. Fine if you don’t.

Your adventure awaits

Storytelling lies at the very heart of the class.

But that can mean a myriad of things to many different people.

Some join us simply to write for the pleasure of the process. Some, for family and friends.

Others wish to tread the commercial path to publishing. Which is why you should know that we’re trusted by the world’s leading literary agents, and our graduates go on to secure major contracts from Big Five publishers in the USA, the UK and worldwide.

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Achieve your writing ambitions

From awards listings and commercial sales figures to creative fulfilment. Whatever success looks like for you, The Advanced Class will give you the roadmap to get you there faster. And you’ll have fun on the ride too.

Imagine having an award-winning, bestselling author vet your storyline before you start writing.

Your class includes a coaching session with a published, bestselling and award-winning author of your choice. All our authors are experts in their genre. They will be able to advise you on how to make sure your story is the strongest it can be for today’s publishing market.

One-on-one coaching Zoom session

Schedule a time to suit you

Review your outline

Receive tangible and actionable feedback

Session recorded for you to keep

“Thanks to the expert guidance of The Novelry, my manuscript has received interest from a number of agents and was longlisted for an award this year.”

Tabitha McQueen
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Our coaching team

Their books have hit the New York Times and Sunday Times bestseller lists and have been adapted for screen and optioned for major motion pictures.

Piers Torday. Author and The Novelry Team Member

Piers Torday

Piers Torday is the award-winning and bestselling author of seven books for children dubbed ‘the new master of children’s fiction’ by The Times.

Melanie Conklin. Author and The Novelry Team Member

Melanie Conklin

Writing coach, Melanie Conklin, is the award-winning author of five middle-grade books for children, and winner of the International Literacy Association Teacher’s Choice Award.

David Solomons. Author and The Novelry Team Member

David Solomons

David Solomons is the author of middle-grade children’s novels. His children’s books have won The British Book Industry Best Children’s Book and The Waterstones Children’s Book Prize. 

Alice Kuipers. Author and The Novelry Team Member

Alice Kuipers

Alice Kuipers is the bestselling, award-winning author of five novels, and six books for younger readers. She has been nominated for the Carnegie Medal. She is also a bestselling ghost writer experienced in writing memoir.

Anissa Gray

Anissa Gray is the author of two novels published by Penguin Random House praised by the New York Times for her beautiful prose and stories about family, love and loss. She is an award-winning journalist whose work has been featured in Washington Post, CNN, and The Cut.

Kate Riordan

Kate Riordan is the bestselling author of six novels, and has been a Richard and Judy Book Club choice. Her novels are published by Penguin Random House.

Gina Sorell

Gina Sorell is the author of The Wise Women (HarperCollins), a New York Times Book Review Editors’ Choice, Good Morning America Buzz Book, a People Magazine Best New Book Pick, and Washington Post Summer Selection. Her debut novel Mothers and Other Strangers was a Refinery29 and Self Magazine Best Book Pick.

Mahsuda Snaith

Mahsuda Snaith’s debut novel The Things We Thought We Knew saw her named an Observer ‘New Face of Fiction’. 

Emylia Hall

Emylia Hall is the award-winning author of four women’s fiction novels and a six-book cozy crime series. She is a Fellow of the Royal Literary Fund.

Tara Conklin

Tara Conklin is the New York Times bestselling author of three novels, personal essays and short stories. Her books have been selected by Read with Jenna, the Today Show book club, Barnes & Noble book club, Target book club, as a #1 IndieNext Pick and other accolades. Her work has been translated into 8 languages. She is based in Seattle.

Amanda Reynolds

Amanda Reynolds is the bestselling author of six novels. Her number one ebook bestseller, Close To Me, was adapted into a major TV series.

Lesley Kara

Lesley Kara is a Sunday Times Top Ten and Amazon #1 bestselling author of psychological thrillers. She is the author of The Rumor, Who Did You Tell?, The Dare, The Apartment Upstairs and The Other Tenant.

Emylia Hall

Emylia Hall is the award-winning author of four women’s fiction novels and a six-book cozy crime series. She is a Fellow of the Royal Literary Fund.

Urban Waite

Urban Waite is the author of four novels, available in over forty countries and twelve languages. He has received multiple book deals from Simon & Schuster UK, Little Brown, and William Morrow, among many other book and film deals throughout Europe, Asia, and the production companies of Hollywood.

Andrea Stewart

Andrea Stewart is the Sunday Times bestselling, award-winning author of The Drowning Empire trilogy (The Bone Shard Daughter, The Bone Shard Emperor, and The Bone Shard War) and a finalist for numerous awards, including the Goodreads Choice Award and The British Fantasy Award.

Tasha Suri

Tasha Suri is the award-winning author of The Books of Ambha duology (Empire of Sand and Realm of Ash) and the epic fantasy The Jasmine Throne. Empire of Sand was rated by TIME magazine as one of the best fantasy novels of all time.

L.R. Lam

El, or L.R. Lam, is the Sunday Times bestselling, award-winning author of nine novels, with three more under contract. Their books include the epic fantasy romance Dragonfall, the beginning of the Dragon Scales trilogy, cyberpunk near-future thrillers, space opera novels and a near-future thriller. 

Katie Khan

Katie Khan is the author of two speculative fiction novels, Hold Back the Stars and The Light Between Us, published in the UK by Penguin Random House and in the US by Simon & Schuster. Her debut novel Hold Back the Stars is being adapted for film by the producers of Stranger Things. Katie’s books have been translated into more than twenty languages and nominated for awards. Katie is creative director at The Novelry.

Heather Webb

Heather Webb is the USA Today bestselling, award-winning author of ten novels with twenty-three years of coaching experience.

Kate Riordan

Kate Riordan is the bestselling author of six novels, and has been a Richard and Judy Book Club choice. Her novels are published by Penguin Random House.

Tara Conklin

Tara Conklin is the New York Times bestselling author of three novels, personal essays and short stories. Her books have been selected by Read with Jenna, the Today Show book club, Barnes & Noble book club, Target book club, as a #1 IndieNext Pick and other accolades. Her work has been translated into 8 languages. She is based in Seattle.

Rachel Joyce

Rachel Joyce is the multi-million copy bestselling, award-winning, Booker Prize-listed author of six novels and short stories. Her novel The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry is a major motion movie starring Jim Broadbent and Penelope Wilton, for which Rachel also wrote the screenplay.

Anissa Gray

Anissa Gray is the author of two novels published by Penguin Random House praised by the New York Times for her beautiful prose and stories about family, love and loss. She is an award-winning journalist whose work has been featured in Washington Post, CNN, and The Cut.

Evie Wyld

Evie Wyld is the award-winning author of four novels and a memoir. She is the only novelist ever to have won both the Miles Franklin Award and The Stella Prize for fiction in Australia. She is also the recipient of The John Llewellyn Rhys Prize, a Betty Trask Award, the European Union Prize, the Jerwood Fiction Prize and the Encore Award.

Tara Conklin

Tara Conklin is the New York Times bestselling author of three novels, personal essays and short stories. Her books have been selected by Read with Jenna, the Today Show book club, Barnes & Noble book club, Target book club, as a #1 IndieNext Pick and other accolades. Her work has been translated into 8 languages. She is based in Seattle.

Urban Waite

Urban Waite is the author of four novels, available in over forty countries and twelve languages. He has received multiple book deals from Simon & Schuster UK, Little Brown, and William Morrow, among many other book and film deals throughout Europe, Asia, and the production companies of Hollywood.

Heather Webb

Heather Webb is the USA Today bestselling, award-winning author of ten novels with twenty-three years of coaching experience.

Libby Page

Libby Page is the bestselling author of four novels. The Lido became a Sunday Times bestseller within its first week of publication and has been published in more than 23 territories around the world.

Colleen Oakley

Colleen Oakley is the USA Today bestselling author of five novels. Colleen was awarded Georgia Author of the Year.

Evie Wyld

Evie Wyld is the award-winning author of four novels and a memoir. She is the only novelist ever to have won both the Miles Franklin Award and The Stella Prize for fiction in Australia. She is also the recipient of The John Llewellyn Rhys Prize, a Betty Trask Award, the European Union Prize, the Jerwood Fiction Prize and the Encore Award.

Alice Kuipers

Alice Kuipers is the bestselling, award-winning author of five novels, and six books for younger readers. She has been nominated for the Carnegie Medal. She is also a bestselling ghost writer experienced in writing memoir.

Gothic
Contemporary & Women’s Fiction
Crime & Suspense
Science Fiction & Fantasy
Fantasy Epics And Sagas
Literary Fiction
Reading Group Fiction
Middle-Grade Fantasy
Up Lit
Magical Realism
Romance
Mystery
Historical Fiction
Memoir
Women’s Fiction
Science Fiction
Speculative Fiction
Sleuths, Crime Fiction
Suspense
Psychological Thrillers
Young Adult
Fantasy Fiction
Crime Thrillers
Cozy Crime
Children’s & Young Adult Fiction

The story doesn’t end there…

Should you want to take things further, we also offer classes and courses that give you access to our all-star editorial team. Our editors are in conversation with agencies on a weekly basis, so they’re able to tip off literary agents to exciting authors…like you!

Fast-tracked submissions to the top global literary agencies

This year alone, over 60% of our submissions were successful. And typically, we receive replies within days. But we neither ask for nor accept commission; it’s all part of our service to you.

We’re the online writing courses provider most recommended by leading literary agencies.

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The Advanced Class

Master your story

Outline your novel to ensure you have a commercially-sound base for a story that readers, literary agents and publishers will love.

Lessons: 30 (1 hour each)
1 x writer coaching session
Module
1

Welcome

Dear author
2
lessons
Module
2

The Vital Organs

Organise your story
7
lessons
Module
3

The Working Plan

From stage to page
7
lessons
Module
4

The Depth Chargers

Your plot and players
7
lessons
Module
5

Magic and Mastery

Smoother writing: economy and style
7
lessons

“Let me live, love, and say it well in good sentences.”

- Sylvia Plath

Ready for your most ambitious fiction adventure yet?

Next-level storytelling!
You can choose to swap The Advanced Class for The Classic when you sign up for our course bundles. Simply drop us a line for a same-day switch!
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The Advanced Class

Master your story
$
599
£
499
  • Membership (1 Year)
  • The Advanced Class
  • A Year’s Access
Or sign up for our class bundles
One-off
Monthly

The Novel Kickstarter Course

Come up with the idea and write a first draft
$
179
/ mo
$
1950
£
149
/ mo
£
1599
  • Membership (1 Year)
  • The Classic Storytelling Class
  • The Ninety Day Novel Class
  • 6 Coaching Sessions

The Finished Novel Course

The 3-step program + manuscript assessment
$
369
/ mo
$
4250
£
299
/ mo
£
3499
  • Welcome Call
  • Membership (1 Year)
  • The Classic Storytelling Class
  • The Ninety Day Novel Class
  • 6 Coaching Sessions
  • The Big Edit Class
  • 2 Editorial Sessions
  • The Ultimate Manuscript Assessment
  • Course Completion Certificate

From creating your story then writing a polished draft, to publishing your bestselling book. Our classes and courses support you across the whole journey.

Which course

FAQs

If you’re bursting with questions we haven’t answered here, check out our full FAQS page or feel free to get in touch. 

What’s the learning format?

In this self-paced class, you will enjoy 30 lessons with videos and text giving you guidance to fully create, outline and plan your next novel. You’ll be guided step-by-step within the course and be served downloads and tools at just the right time for the development of your story plan.

You’ll enjoy a special monthly workshop for those taking the Advanced Class.

You will have access to the class for a year. If you choose the course, you will enjoy six coaching sessions too!

What do I need to take this class?

A notebook, a pen and a computer with a decent internet connection for use of our online learning platform and coaching sessions.

Our online learning platform is easy to use, even for the less tech-savvy among us. We are supportive and responsive to our writers, available by email and at our online members’ community around the clock, worldwide, so that you can relax and enjoy your writing.

How do I choose my writing coach?

You can browse our writing coaches and find the author you would most like to work with, then book your coaching session from your Library.

You may wish to book with an author experienced in the genre you are writing.

Another great way to consider who you want to write with is to take a peek inside the first pages of their published books on Amazon and see whose writing style appeals to you most strongly.

The wonderful thing about The Novelry is that you can work with the writing coach of your choice but also book sessions with any other writing coach whenever you wish. So if things change for your story, say you swap genre, or need more help on specialist technical matters from another coach, we’ve got you covered.

Do you offer a money-back guarantee?

Yes, we are all for Happy Writing. You can review our terms and conditions here. If for any reason at all the course is not for you, you can get a full no-questions-asked refund within the first 7 days after purchase. Just email us and let us know.

English as a second language? Hearing or vision difficulties?

Our courses are suitable for people with visual or auditory impairment, dyslexia and for those with English as a second language. We offer an app which translates the course into 99 languages and a speak-aloud option too.

“I’m diving into my next novel feeling more prepared than ever before”

“The Advanced Class not only gave me the crucial accountability I needed to get going, it also helped me to tackle structure, plot and theme, and realise what kind of writer I am. All of these things gave me a huge boost of renewed confidence, allowing me to dive into my next novel feeling more prepared than I ever have done before. I’m feeling hopeful that maybe, just maybe, I could be on to a winner.”

Ella Dove

Journalist and author of Five Steps to Happy.

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