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The Classic Storytelling Class domeThe Classic Storytelling Class dome
Find your story

The Classic
Storytelling Class

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1 year. 55 lessons
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Beginners

Your writing journey starts here

Suitable for writers at all stages who want to master the foundations of fiction writing. But perfect for beginners wishing to explore the art of storytelling, discover their voice and find their big idea.

Learn the fundamentals of storytelling 

The secret to being a writer?

It’s not innate talent. It’s not fancy words. It’s a story.

Because what readers want is a story they can’t put down.

Even better? A good story (almost) writes itself.

It all starts (and ends) with the story, and this class will help you find it.

The Novelry team
The Novelry team

Reasons to NOT get started

There are so many reasons why potentially brilliant writers never fulfill their dream of capturing that story, or publishing that novel.

Which are yours?

But I don’t have a story!

Then you're in the right place. The Classic Storytelling Class is designed precisely to kindle your ideas, and ignite your voice.

You don’t need to have all the answers – or come to think of it, any of them. Stories are about questions. One question after another.

We’ll have you asking the right questions, in the right order.

And taking the right steps, in the right direction on your journey to becoming a writer.

But I’m not sure I have any talent!

Not all writers suffer from imposter syndrome. Only the good ones.

But can we let you in on a little secret?

Storytelling can be learned.  

Writing is not a god-given gift. It’s not something you are born with, or can or can’t do. It’s something you learn, because you want to learn it.

The story doesn’t happen to you. You happen to the story.

But what if I don’t have the time?

A lot can happen in one hour…

With our Classic Storytelling Class, you have a year to complete 55 lessons.

Each lesson is around 30-minutes long. But let’s add an extra 30-minutes for thinking time. One hour.

Should you want to immerse yourself in the craft, we recommend setting aside one hour a day just for you and your writing. (You deserve it.)

‍One hour per day or one hour per week. However you choose to use your one hour, the power contained within it will be nothing less than transformative.

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…

‘If you are looking to write a novel but feel stuck, I can't recommend The Novelry enough. It not only provides you with the tools to progress your novel, but also offers you access to a community of writers and editors who are there to support you along your writing journey. The Classic has sparked ideas and given me confidence that I can write a novel that others can enjoy.’

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Chrystel Marincich

‘The Classic class was mind-blowing. I came to the class with an idea for my story, actually a first draft. The Classic class enriched this idea immensely. The last bit was amazing - seeing how authors have sat on the shoulders of giants.’

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Matti Hicks

‘I began with The Classic class which guides you step-by-step through the structure of a novel while engaging with your soul in a way that makes your imagination start to mature towards ideas that matter. I felt challenged while being championed at this budding stage and it was essential to building my confidence that yes - I can do this!’

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Amy Board

‘I tried only to do one lesson a day, as recommended, but I found myself often moving on to the next one right away. This is clearly a labor of love, and I feel I have a fantastic foundation to build my story upon and will be going back to the materials from The Classic often as I move forward.’

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Jim Maher

‘An excellent way to inform yourself of the multiple layers and structures required to write a Classic novel (or, indeed, a book). It feels a little like Louise has brought us into her own Doctoral research on how a Classic should be lovingly put together. The breadth and scale of what she covers is so very wide and thought-provoking. Extremely useful and thoroughly enjoyable.’

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Catherine Logan

‘A better understanding of characterization, the ingredients, the climax and the end. I'd recommend the Classic course without hesitation. It's quite revealing because I acquired new skills. I discovered those that I have and ways to enhance them.’

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Assamala Amoi-Seminet

‘I have done The Classic and The Ninety Day Novel and I can honestly say that I am a different writer now than I was prior to doing these classes. The founder willingly shares her own wisdom together with many truths from other successful authors. More than a writing course, this is a course on how to enrich your life by really seeing what is in front of your eyes. And once Louise shows you how to see it you can never unsee it.’

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Trisha Smith

‘Reading familiar and new classic books with a focus on style and content made me think about my own style of prose and how I could look at improving it. I have already made changes to the novel. I have come away from this course with a renewed vigor and excitement about my novel.’

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Hemmie Martin

‘Discovering The Novelry course was like finding the right path when you are lost on a walk! I have been mulling over a few story ideas for years now but never felt I was worthy to write it down and in all honesty, had no idea where to start. When I found The Classic class and the other courses on The Novelry website, my heart started to thump louder in my chest as the possibilities became reality and I felt reassured that even new writers have a voice that should be heard. I have just finished the Classic Course, loved it, and now can't wait to get going on the Ninety Day Novel!’

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Laura McFadden

‘The content is inspiring and beautifully presented and encouraged me to deep dive into my passions and obsessions, to find the story I really want to write. I am off to do the Ninety Day Novel now, as part of the finished novel course, and I am beyond excited, but also feel like I'm in safe hands.’

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Dr. Christine James

‘I just completed the Classic and couldn't have loved the experience more. Yes, I learned all the fundamentals of storytelling, but the course is about so much more than that. For me, it was part instruction, part therapy, and part inspiration. Not only do I have the nuts and bolts of my story prepped and ready to go, I feel emotionally ready to confront the blank page! Very grateful to Louise and the team at The Novelry, for understanding what writers really need to start writing. Thanks for a joyful ride!’

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Jennifer Philbin

‘If you've done a lot of craft workshops, literary deep dives, and writing intensives—and have lost your way with the juice and spark of writing—the Classic may be the elixir you need. Bye-bye, somber morning hours and authorial ennui. Hello, creative flash and vibrant, sustainable story-telling life.’

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Jennifer Keller

‘I loved the Classic. It helped to renew my confidence in myself as an aspiring novelist. The course content and exercises as well as the encouragement and support of the online community and teachers were all wonderful. Can't wait to now get started on The Ninety Novel writing. Would recommend this to any writer, no matter where you are on your writing journey.’

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Leanne Koster

‘A deep dive into the key ingredients of the recipe to create a children’s classic. I feel like I lucked out. I appreciate very much the balance you strike between high quality and commercial viability. MFA programs often only teach literary writing, at the expense of the crafting of plot. Other online resources are often too “pulpy” for my taste. I think writers with the ambition to write for a large audience, but also to write to a high literary standard, would find it very rewarding, particularly if they’re writing middle-grade or YA.’

Sean Miller

‘The Classic Storytelling Class is great for generating and developing story ideas. I’d recommend it to anyone who wants to write but is struggling with finding a story.’

Jo Martin

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Why The Classic Storytelling Class?

Progress at your own pace

55 lessons. One year to do them all.

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 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, and you’ll soon come to love this special pocket of escapism.

But if time is tight and life is getting in the way, never fear. There are 55 lessons in total, and 365 days to do them. That’s around one lesson a week.

Stay a little longer

Life. It happens to the best of us.

A good story will wait

You have 365-days’ access to The Classic Storytelling Class. But don’t worry if you need to stop writing for a while.

You can easily extend your access beyond your year, or stay on as a member with access to the workshops and community for just $29.99 a month (or £24.99) of $299 (or £249) a year.

Money back policy

Our Happy Writing Guarantee.

We operate a people before profit policy

It’s how 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.

Access to one-on-one coaching from bestselling authors

The brightest lights are at The Novelry.

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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Story First Method ™

Discover if your story has commercial value before you begin writing.

Pageturners don’t happen by accident

They’re created, carved and chiseled thanks to unique knowledge of the market and exclusive insight into commercial viability.

Our Story First Method ™ ensures the tale you want to tell is likely to excite publishers, agents and readers before you begin. Saving you a whole lot of time and trouble, and allowing you to hit the page to write with confidence.

Our method is a more efficient way of working, and stacks the odds of publishing success in your favor.

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 is hands on and full-hearted. She’ll regularly check in on your progress and is more than happy to share her (award-winning) wordsmithery secrets.

Meet Louise

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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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Happy writing!

At the heart of The Novelry is a warm, welcoming writing community. We offer a collaborative environment, not a competitive one.

Imagine having an award-winning, bestselling author’s undivided attention…

Your class includes a personalized coaching session from a published, bestselling and award-winning author of your choice.

Every one an expert in their genre. Each trained in our Positive Coaching Method ™. All rooting for you, your story and your unique writing style.

One-on-one coaching session

Schedule a time to suit you

Review your writing and ideas

Receive tangible and actionable feedback

The session is recorded for you to keep

‘I’ve taken writing courses with several other writing schools. They were helpful, but I knew when I found The Novelry, I’d found my forever writing home.’

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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.

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 six novels including a 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 five novels. Her number one ebook bestseller, Close To Me, was recently 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 six novels including a cozy crime series. She is a Fellow of the Royal Literary Fund.

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.

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.

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 Classic Storytelling Class

Learn the foundations of fiction writing

Come up with a fantastic idea for a page-turner. Plan a storyline that excites you and learn how to bring to life complex main characters. Outline and develop the world of your tale to capture the reader’s imagination page after page.

Time: 1 year
Lessons: 55 (1 hour each)
1 x writer coaching session
Module
1

Find the Idea

Get started with the idea for your story
5
lessons
Module
2

Once Upon a Time

Storytelling structure
9
lessons
Module
3

The Process

Starting to plan a story
3
lessons
Module
4

Worldbuilding

Creating the story world
20
lessons
Module
5

Heroes and Villains

The conflict that drives drama
3
lessons
Module
6

The Reader

A story readers will love
3
lessons
Module
7

The Author

Why and how we write
8
lessons
Module
8

Farewell

The working plan for your story
4
lessons

“And you ask: ‘What if I fall?’
Oh but my darling, what if you fly?”

- Erin Hanson

Ready to begin? 

Every epic journey starts with a single step.
Sign up for the class

The Classic Storytelling Class

Find your story
$
599
£
499
  • Membership (1 Year)
  • The Classic Storytelling Class
  • A Coaching Session
  • A Year’s Access
Or sign up for our class bundles (highly recommended if you are new to The Novelry)  
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.

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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. 

Will this class get me started writing fiction?

Yes. You’ll be itching to write within days of starting the course. (Just let anyone try stopping you!)

We believe a great story makes for easy writing, so we want to focus on your story from the start at The Novelry. So whether you’re doing the course to enrich your reading or writing, whether you’re planning to write a bestseller or write for family or friends, this course will help you write a bigger story, one that your readers will love.

We have an onward journey for graduates of The Classic class all mapped out. And we’re standing by to help you write your amazing novel with the next course, The Ninety Day Novel class. But for now, relax and let the magic do its work!

You’ll need a notebook, a pen and an internet connection for the online lessons. That’s it. Our online learning platform is easy to use, even for the less tech-savvy among us!

Why do your creative writing courses start here?

Writing a novel is not so much about the writing, or at least not in the way you think. Nobody ever stayed glued to a book for the complexity of its vocabulary.

Writing is about storytelling, and readers and publishers alike want great stories. And here’s a secret – storytelling can be learned. Hey, guess what, you might just be very good at it. Why not find out?

Writing is not a god-given gift or innate talent. It’s not something you are born with, or can or can’t do. It’s something you learn, because you want to learn it.

Sure, you’re going to need to read some books. And here’s another secret. Writers learn from other writers. Just like with any craft or trade, they take apprenticeships or courses and work with published writers.

The story doesn’t happen to you, you happen to the story.

You don’t need to be wise and have all the answers. Stories are about questions. One question after another. What happens next? Why did she do that? What will he do to escape? How come there’s no door to the house? Will they work out that guy’s a villain?

We’ll get you asking the right questions, in the right order, to invite your reader into your wonderful world.

What’s the learning format?

This is a self-paced class served on our beautiful online platform by video and text which will relax you into beginning to write your story. It will certainly get you thinking. We suggest a lesson a day. Enjoy the lessons on any internet-connected device. Watch the video, read the text and use the ‘speak aloud’ feature to listen. You’ll need 30 - 60 minutes for each lesson and probably some thinking time to capture your thoughts and ideas as you start writing. This might be a good opportunity to start to set aside an hour a day just for you and your writing, and you’ll come to love this special time. One hour? You deserve it.

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.