Discover how the biggest stories work.
Our Classic Course will help you to start writing a novel based on the bestselling authors of all time. Learn the secrets of success and get started writing a novel for adults or children. Unlock the story magic inside you.
Our gripping step-by-step lessons will help you create the idea to write your book.
“Mind blowing.” Published author and University Creative Writing lecturer, Sara Bailey.
We'll combine the ingredients of the bestselling books of all time with your own unique life experience to create your story, a narrative driven by strong emotion. We're going to dig deep into the first stories that moved you personally, to unearth the story only you can tell.
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.
From £129 or $165.
Be one of our success stories. We have literary agents lapping up the works of the graduates of this special course.
Susie Bower took The Classic course and wrote her first book with us.
We found her a prestigious literary agent - Peters Fraser + Dunlop - and her debut novel is being published by Pushkin Press in 2020.
“Susie’s super confident world-building makes this one of the most assured debuts I have read for some time.” Sarah Odedina, Editor, Pushkin Books.
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Start writing a book outline step-by-step with our absorbing and fascinating lessons which combine your unique life experience with the plot ingredients of the biggest books.
You will learn the great story structure that is the blueprint for the bestselling classics. Get a working model to use to start planning your story immediately. Find out where ideas come from and how to develop them from something small and innocent into something exciting with commercial potential.
Draw upon your own experience to create the main characters of your big story. Put ‘memory’ at the service of ‘desire’ in a combination commonly known as ‘imagination’. Exercises that will help you discover that you have all you need inside of you. So many great stories originate from the author's wound.
What are the things you should include to create a reading experience that works a powerful magic? These lessons examine the mechanics of the epic adventure - the cosy start, the portal, the garden, the guide, temptation, decency, the battle, treasure, and noble sacrifice.
In adult fiction, the conflict is within, in the classic bestsellers it's externalised and there are clear agents of good and evil. You'll need the 'special' hero or heroine, singled out by fortune or misfortune, and villains who exude charisma. Learn why they need to have something in common and how to pit apparent opposites against each other for page-turning excitement.
You are your first reader. Locate the child within and draw upon your own favourites and heroes. Spend time with the old you. Remember the person you wanted to be. Attribute parts of you to your characters. Discover how to take readers on a thrilling adventure whilst keeping them safe in your story.
Find out how the great authors told their stories, and why. Walk in their footsteps and plunder their toolkits. The sources of inspiration and the working methods are revealed. Leave the course with a big idea, colourful material, a plan, a plot and the confidence that you’re about to write the book of your life.
“This has been an amazing, thought-provoking, inspiring and truly enjoyable course. I've learnt a lot, not only about how to write a Classic but also about myself and what inspires me to create.”
“I now have a structure to build my ideas on, I know how to develop rounded characters not caricatures, Louise clearly cares deeply about nurturing her writers and has put together an amazing platform to do that and to take their work even further. I love our community too.” Jackie Mendoza.
“A huge win. Are you still just dreaming and talking about writing?Are you unable to get past a few interesting ideas and half-formed scenes? Give the Classic course a try.”
“I’d been dreaming and talking about writing for a long time. I counted it up the other day and I have 26 partially written novels to my discredit. They weren’t poor ideas, I simply didn’t take the time to fully prepare my characters, plot, and world. In just 45 days I have a draft plan for my novel; I have a new community of friends; and I’m having fun writing - real fun without the fear of another failure. One day I looked up from my screen and knew in my heart that I can and will do this.” Eliza French
“No other course comes close to this.”
“It is so insightful that a writer of any genre would benefit from looking at writing this way. Taking the Classic course was not so much lighting a candle in the dark, it was more like taking a flamethrower to it. Everything I thought I knew was explained through masterful insights into the great classic writers. And everything I learned blew my mind.” Anna Pye
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