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 How to Start Writing a Book.

The Classic Course will help you to start writing a book based on the secrets of the bestselling authors of all time. Learn the ingredients for story success and get started writing for adults or children. Unlock the story inside of you.

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The Classic Course.

Your Story Starts Here. 

We'll combine the ingredients of the bestselling books of all time with your own unique life experience to create a powerful, original story. We're going to dig deep into the first stories that moved you to unearth the story only you can tell.

Learn the plot elements used by bestselling authors JK Rowling, JRR Tolkien, CS Lewis and more. You’ll leave the course with your story idea and plot mapped out, ready to write the book you're meant to write.

Create your book idea in 45 gripping lessons on our creative writing course. Suitable for all writers in any genre, including short stories.

Begin at the very beginning.
Bestselling Authors

Learn the methods of the all-time greats.


Unlock the secret to story.

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5 Star Reviews

The 'mind-blowing' course.

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Lessons on a beautiful platform.

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Created by a Booker list author.


“Still, I wonder if we shall ever be put into songs or tales. We're in one, of course, but I mean: put into words, you know, told by the fireside, or read out of a great big book with red and black letters, years and years afterwards.”

JRR Tolkien


The Worldwide Bestselling Books of All Time. Did You Know?

Find out what they have in common and what makes their stories work from the 'portal' to the 'homely 'familiar' to 'temptation' to the 'sacrifice' and much more.

The Lord of the Rings by JRR Tolkien - 150 million +

The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho - 150 million +

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The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry - 140 million +


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Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s / Sorcerer's Stone by JK Rowling - 107 million +

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The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe by CS Lewis - 85 million +

 Delve into the secrets of the all-time bestsellers with over 45 exciting lessons.

You'll be on the edge of your seat. 

A stand-alone course to take at your own speed in your own time. The lessons may take you 20 to 30 minutes to read, and the prompts or exercises can take as long as you want to give them. They'll certainly get you thinking, and creating! The course was created to help you come up with a big story idea. No previous experience or written work in progress needed. Here's where your story starts.

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The Classic Course.

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1. The Box Set

Plan a novel for adults or children. Learn how the bestselling stories work in 45 inspiring lessons available immediately to take at your own pace. A year's access to the course. Price £259 or $365.

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2. The Classic Course Daily

Like the most wonderful of advent calendars, you will be drip-fed a lesson a day to pace your creative thinking. A year's access to the course.Two payments of £129 or $185. (The course payable in 2 monthly instalments.)

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Ideas are like rabbits. You get a couple and learn how to handle them, and pretty soon you have a dozen.

John Steinbeck, winner of the 1962 Nobel Prize in Literature.

The Course Author.

Louise Dean.

Founder of The Novelry.

Educated at Cambridge University, reading History with a special subject of 19th Century Novels, author Louise Dean, has won The Betty Trask Prize and Le Prince Maurice Prize, been nominated for The Guardian First Book Prize, and longlisted for the Dublin International Literary Award and the Booker Prize.

Her novels have been published internationally by Penguin Randomhouse, Simon & Schuster and others and praised by fellow authors Ali Smith and the Nobel Laureate J.M. Coetzee.

Members of The Novelry can add paid single tutor sessions to their Classic course plan. Make sure you add membership at checkout!

About Louise

One of The Independent's Top Ten Summer 2020.

The Classic Course Graduate's Novel.

Susie Bower's novel 'The School for Nobodies' is featured in The Independent's top ten picks, ranked alongside all-time classics such as The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett. 'A rip-roaring adventure featuring a lost twin, circus tricks and shape-shifting.'

Susie took the Classic course, the Ninety Day Novel course and our Editing course and The Novelry pitched her manuscript to our literary agency friends at Peters, Fraser + Dunlop.

“I joined an amazing online writing community called The Novelry. Up until then, I’d only written full-length fiction for adults but had 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 Novelry’s Classic course – I’d have something. She was right.”

The “Mind-Blowing” Course with Five Star Reviews.

“If you believe in magic, and I like to think we all do, then this course shows you how to create it in your writing.”

“Whether you are writing for adults or children it sprinkles glitter over necessary rules and gift wraps essential tools, then Louise waves her wand and sets you free. In one of the lessons, Louise writes “It's about life within life, and reclaiming our lives for ourselves through our senses and ennobling our purpose. ” This is 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.” Trisha Smith, South Africa.

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“The Classic course has given me more than I ever thought it could.”

“There were several points of the course that unlocked something or gave me an incredible high-five moment! This course has taken my idea from a single thought to a fully-formed concept, and something that I wholeheartedly want to pursue.” 

Sophie Taylor.


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“The Classic course is rich with inspiration and guidance.”

“A great course to explore if you want to write any type of story, especially if you don't yet have a developed idea or concept. I have a notebook full of notes and plans, and a clear idea of how to move forward with my writing. This is not a watered-down, lightweight course on writing a classic. It is rich with inspiration and guidance that will help you create a plot and process to write your story.” 

Amy Landisman.

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“I've found a story that I want to write, and I'm loving writing again.”

“The course 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 they want to write. The lessons are full of inspiration, wisdom, knowledge and warmth. Thank you.” 

Jo Martin.

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