The Classic Fiction Writing Course
Learn the storytelling secrets of the all-time best-loved books
How did the authors come up with their ideas and put their books together? Come on an unforgettable journey to walk in their footsteps. You'll combine the ingredients of the bestselling fiction of all time with your unique interests to develop a powerful, original story. We'll dig deep into the first stories that moved you to unearth the story only you can tell. Discover the secret sauce used by bestselling authors JK Rowling, JRR Tolkien, JD Salinger and many more.
This is the course created by a Booker-listed novelist and Cambridge University History graduate to take you through a portal to wonderland. Considered a cult classic by writers of The Novelry. Not to be missed if you want to write a spellbinding story.
Your Success Story Starts Here
Featured in The Independent's Top Ten Fiction Picks for summer
“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.”
– Susie Bower
The Novelry submitted Susie's book to our literary agency partner PF+D, and Susie was offered representation and went on to secure a two-book publishing contract with Pushkin Books.
Invest time in understanding how big stories work and unlock the code and combination of elements that affect us so deeply. In 45 mind-blowing lessons, we'll take you through the storytelling essentials and beyond into the 'numinous'.
For writers writing in any fiction genre who want to raise their game, but the must-have course for those world-building fantasy, science fiction, and historical fiction novels. You’ll leave the course with a unique and original story idea mapped out, ready to write the book you're meant to write.
A stand-alone course to take at your own speed in your own time. No previous experience or written work in progress needed. We'll begin at the very beginning. Once upon a time...
“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.”
Choose Your Classic Fiction Writing Course
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Choose the Box Set plan for immediate access to all 45 lessons to take at your own speed. Choose the Daily format for a lesson-a-day drip-fed to pace your journey. You'll get a year's access to your course and we offer no-fuss, low-cost extensions if needed.
Because Writing Fiction is a Magical Experience
Writers Love The Novelry
“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 Dean 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 she shows you how to see it you can never unsee it.”
– Trisha Smith
“I loved the Classic Course.”
“I just want to thank you for putting in the time and effort to create this beautiful course filled with so much knowledge and information on some of the most important aspects of classical storytelling - and tying it all together. I learned not just about crafting a story, but so much more. It reminded me I am excited about being a writer. It inspired me to keep going.”
– Anne Clermont
Choose Your Novelist Tutor
When you join us for the Novel Course you will be able to choose your novelist mentor to guide you through writing your novel. Choose the level of support you'd like with your plan. Schedule your online Zoom sessions at your convenience. Write with a novelist at your side who loves your novel as much as you do and will see you through to 'The End'
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