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The live writing community for novelists worldwide. ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง ๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ‡บ


Join us for a course and get a community!

Your course includes membership of a vibrant online writing community.

Writing can be a solitary endeavor, and we know it’s hard to judge your own work without getting lost in self doubt. It’s hard to find online writing groups where you can enjoy all things writing and get sensible but honest feedback and genre specific advice from like minded authors.

That’s why our founder started The Novelry. After writing solo for twenty years, Booker Prize listed author, Louise Dean, felt she needed to work with other writers, and she decided to build an active community of novelists and a critique circle of trust.

When you sign up for one of our writing courses, youll have immediate access to our online writing community where you can share your writing goals and get constructive feedback on your writing in a supportive environment.

You’ll be welcomed into one of the world’s most loved writing communities with 5* reviews from writers from every corner of the globe. You’ll meet writers from the USA, the UK, Europe, Africa, Asia, Canada, Australia and New Zealand, and make new writing friends.

We’re the largest writing community exclusively for novelists. We offer more live online writing events on a monthly basis than any other writing school. We pride ourselves on a safe and supportive space where serious writing is fun and our members, writers like you, are people who understand how to give valuable feedback to other writers.

Youll find specialist writing groups for fantasy fiction, science fiction, crime and suspense fiction, historical fiction, romance, literary fiction, young adult, childrens fiction, memoir and more. Open around the clock, world wide. What’s more, as a member you can get professional feedback from our editorial team, formerly of Penguin Random House and other Big 5 publishers.

Progress your writing with our program of weekly writing classes. Meet publishing industry professionals in Q&A sessions online and find the literary agents youd love to work with. At The Novelry, you can enjoy some 50 group online events and writing classes every month.


Live events with bestselling writers of all genres

Live Online Events

Meet bestselling authors, literary agents and publishing professionals at our special guest events.

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Writing Classes

With weekly online writing workshops and live classes for all genres of fiction in time zones.

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Writer Friends

Enjoy lively discussions at our online writing community, open 24/7 worldwide and make new writing friends.

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Library of Resources

A vast library of resources and recorded masterclasses with global bestselling authors sharing their writing process.

Writing Course Plans at The Novelry

Choose your course plan and sign up for the creative writing courses so many writers describe as ‘life-changing’. Start today!

The Novel Kickstarter

Start writing fiction. A structured pathway beginning with The Classic Course. Write your novel step-by-step with The Ninety Day Novel Course. Includes personal writer coaching sessions. Enjoy the community and live writing classes.


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The Novel Development Plan 

Complete a novel to publishing standard. Write or re-write step-by-step with The Ninety Day Novel CourseRevise and edit your novel towards submission to leading literary agents with The Big Edit


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The Finished Novel Course

The complete pathway to becoming a published author. Includes a full manuscript assessment. 


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The Home of Happy Writing

Our online writing community offers writers a safe space to share their thoughts and keep up to date with the latest writing advice and publishing industry news. Only students of our writing courses are members, so youll be able to share the ups and downs of the writing life with your fellow writers.

No more writer’s block! You'll get the boost you need, when you need it, from your writing friends. Our buzzing active community is an ad-free, safe space, closed and secure, bound by terms of confidentiality, allowing you to be yourself as a writer among trusted new friends and like-minded people.

Our classes are available in all time zones. ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง ๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ‡บ

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The main thing is to surround yourself with others who are writing so that it feels normal. When you see other people writing, you know you can do it, too.

—Tayari Jones, winner of the Women’s Prize for Fiction

Writing Craft Workshops

Problems? Questions? Motivation lacking? Drop into one of our weekly Story Clinic sessions  where you’ll get the chance to ask established writers for advice and hear how your fellow writers are progressing with their own writing too. One of our writer coaches will be there to offer advice and steer the conversation through aspects of the creative process. Our regular classes will ensure you move past writer’s block fast. Meet other writers at regular genre group workshops. You’ll write alongside those also living a life of crime, fantasy or science-fiction, and more. Meet historical fiction writers from all over the globe and those writing young adult fiction or children’s fiction. In the guided workshops, you’ll get advice and writing prompts, genre specific challenges and exercises to help you develop your writing. Our Let’s Play Writing workshop is a much loved feature of our writing program. Writers get to let their hair down with group writing tasks and breakout rooms to explore character development and plot twists, putting together flash fiction and short stories to refresh their creativity. Don’t forget Book Club, a chance to go beyond the written words on the page to explore the story from the inside out.

Forthcoming Guest Events

We offer so many writing classes it’s impossible to list them all. Members will find the full program inside their Membership Area.

Some highlights this writing season coming soon:

Yann Martel

The Booker Prize winning author of Life of Pi, an international bestseller which has sold more than 12 million copies worldwide and spent more than a year on the bestseller lists of the New York Times. The author of four novels and short stories. 27th March.

A.A. Dhand

The bestselling author of crime novels featuring the Bradford-based police detective Harry Virdee, a progressive British Sikh who struggles with his cultural identity and family loyalties. His novel Streets of Darkness is being developed as a TV drama. 24th April.

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Kirstin Chen

Kirstin Chen is the New York Times best-selling author of three novels. Her latest, Counterfeit, is a Reese Witherspoon book club pick, a Roxane Gay book club pick, and a New York Times Editors’ Choice. 29th May.

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The worlds favourite writing group.

We’re home to aspiring writers, published authors and complete beginners. Leave Facebook groups and random online writing groups behind for the supportive space that makes for one of the best online writing communities in the world. All online courses, coaching and community are yours for 12 months, after which it’s easy and affordable to extend access to continue to enjoy the writing life at The Novelry. We offer a range of courses suitable for writers at every stage of their journey. Write in good company.


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Catch Up TV

Find out how your favourite authors (really) write their books from the seeds of the idea for the story, through their plotting and planning process, from first draft to final draft. Learn how becoming a bestselling author changed has  their lives. Meet your literary heroes and ask them your questions in these special sessions, recorded for you to watch at your convenience too as Catch Up TV. Hear from literary agents and publishing industry experts. Find out how to nail that query letter and meet the submissions guidelines from leading literary agents. Get marketing tools, tips for social media and self promotion whether you’re heading for a traditional publishing deal or self publishing. Learn how to navigate the publication opportunities open to you. Binge the box set and find out more about the writing process of Paula Hawkins, David Nicholls, Val McDermid, Mark Billingham, Jessie Burton, Meg Rosoff, Katherine Arden and many more. You can find articles written for The Novelry by our guest authors at the blog.

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The Novelry Live

Always open, always on! Enjoy The Novelry Live, our online community for writers. Get the latest news and tips from your fellow writers. Our forums offer a safe, secure space for you to make friends and get other feedback on your chapters from beta readers at our workshop to form your perfect critique circle. You’ll find genre-specific and course-based writing groups to suit your writing needs and stage of writing. Delve into threads on things like tropes to avoid in fantasy writing, whats new in sci fi, getting to grips with the details of research for historical fiction writers, and how romance writers reinvent the ‘meet-cute. So much safer than Facebook groups or un-moderated writing groups where harsh criticism can throw you off your game. Spend time in a trusted writing community to become a better writer. 

The Sunday Team Chats

Pop into the monthly Sunday sessions with our founder with a cup of tea or your favourite tipple to meet your fellow writers along with news, tips and advice from Louise Dean. Every session includes a warm welcome to new members, who will have the chance to introduce themselves and meet each other in an informal, jolly and relaxed setting.

You'll soon discover it’s our warmth and sense of humour that makes us one of the happiest writing communities.

Members can book in for events in their Membership Area.

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Real Life Events

Our writers like to get away from the desk occasionally to celebrate their hard work with cocktails with their writer friends and mingle with our author guests and literary agents at our parties.

Our members flew in to the party in London 2022 from all over the world.  ‘What a BLAST!! It’s been a very, very long time since I’ve had such a great night. Apart from having a ton of fun, I just felt so deeply connected, so many tremendous conversations, not a millisecond of boredom, it was a wonderful night.’

We offer annual cocktail parties in London and New York. See you there!

young writers, independent writers and experienced writers come together for honest feedback and genre specific advice

Happy Writing at The Novelry

One of the best online writing communities in the world, rated excellent by independent writers.

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“The most inspiring thing I have ever done. I have discovered a new part of my life. I have loved the companionship of the course materials, all my new friends and the empathy and support I have felt in every corner of the experience.”

—Wayne Silver

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“The Novelry is a warm, supportive place for people at all stages of writing. The Novelry has exceeded my expectations and enriched my life.”

—Dr Brooke Nolan

being an active member of the writing group is deeply rewarding

“The Novelry works with your schedule so you can still do your full-time job, and introduces you to a community of writers. The program and its tutors make me feel welcome and treat me like a writer, not just a student.”

—Dinu Krishnamoorti


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