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The Book in a Year ®

Create, Write, Complete a Book in a Year

The structured, step-by-step program with author coaching.

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How To Write a Book – The Online Writing Course

The structured writing course to create, start writing, and complete your own book in a year with the step-by-step writing program at the world-famous writing school.

Most writers can write, but many struggle with storytelling. Here’s your opportunity to develop the advanced storytelling skills with the right writing tools that will change the way you write and move you step by step towards getting your book published. The Book in a Year plans offer online lessons to inspire and inform your writing; a year’s worth of support from a writer coach in one-to-one mentoring sessions; weekly writing classes, sessions with bestselling authors and a friendly community of fellow writers.

If you’ve always wanted to write a book but don’t know where to start, or you’re struggling to complete your book and you want structure, dedicated support and expert guidance, this is the writing course for you to find the mental writing space to define your book writing process and develop good writing habits. The course will guide you through building the world of your story, outlining your book idea, strengthening the plot, writing the first draft and editing it with expert guidance from our professional editors for a fabulous book ready for publication.

Everything you need to take your story from your completed first draft to ‘The End’. Begin your adventure in writing fiction today. Write your book with the step-by-step writing program created by a Booker Prize-listed author. Writing a book will seem straightforward and fun with inspired ideas and techniques to get those creative juices flowing!

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The Book in a Year ®

Our 3-stage program to create, write and complete a book in a year.

The structure and supportive program to guide your writing with motivational over 200 online lessons and one-to-one author coaching to help your write a book, step by step, to a professional publishing standard.

 

1. The Classic Course

Take a deep dive into spellbinding fiction to learn the secret ingredients of the most classic and biggest-selling novels. You’ll be shown how to combine the familiar and the unfamiliar to develop and grow a story idea that’s uniquely and powerfully yours. By the end of the course, you’ll have fleshed out your idea to have what you need to start writing your novel.

Learn more about The Classic Course here.

2. The Ninety Day Novel Course

It’s time to get that novel written. With over 100 daily lessons to spur on your writing and elevate your prose, and regular one-to-one tutor calls to keep you on track, this is the course to get your first draft down on paper. Received wisdom says it takes three months – or ninety days – to form a habit. On the Novel Course, we’ll make sitting down to write for ninety days feel like a magical slice of time in the day that’s only for you. We recommend you set aside an hour a day for your writing time when you come on to the novel-writing phase of the Book in a Year program. In just ninety days, you could have a complete draft of your novel.

Take a look at The Novel Course here.

3. The Big Edit

Take your manuscript to a professional publishing standard step by step with the carefully structured course for writers who are ready to turn a first draft into a finished novel. It will cover everything you need to know about editing: starting with rebooting the pitch, finessing the plot, binding character and theme, through to elevating your prose sentence by sentence. We will show you the combination of techniques used to produce great fiction from use of our own narrative structure The Five Fs ® to our powerful prose method Lucid Compression ®. The course is overseen by our editorial department who will get your story into shape before you revise it. They’ll help you prepare the perfect submissions package with a killer pitch, a streamlined synopsis and a manuscript to impress agents and publishers.

Find out more about The Big Edit here.

4. Literary Agents

The Novelry is partnered with the world’s leading literary agents who present writers’ books to senior acquiring editors at major publishing companies. Our literary agency partners are keen to see the high standard of debut authors of talent who have graduated from our courses at The Novelry. A great agent can get you a traditional publishing deal, as well as TV and film rights too.

5. Coaching

Throughout your Book in a Year program, you’ll get coaching from professional writers to help you stay on track. Before you put pen to paper with the Ninety Day Novel course you’ll be guided how to choose your writing coach for your one-to-one online coaching sessions by Zoom. Schedule your sessions to fit in your life, to help you stay motivated and get dedicated support to complete your book. Find out more about our bestselling writer coaches here

6. Community

As a member, you’ll enjoy the support of our thriving and active worldwide online community, interaction with fellow students and be able to join author guest sessions and Q&As with literary agents and publishing professionals, weekly online writing classes. You’ll be able to join specialist genre writing groups and live online workshops.You’ll get access to our library of recorded writing masterclasses with bestselling authors. We offer a phenomenal selection of resources for writers of every genre of fiction writing and memoir.

7. Certificate

You’ll have a testament to writing skills of a high standard with our certificate of completion from our founder and course director, Louise Dean. As course director, Louise will oversee your progress and ensure you achieve your ambition from a simple outline to an entire book. Louise Dean has won The Society of Authors Betty Trask Prize, Le Prince Maurice Prize, been nominated for The Guardian First Book Prize, longlisted for the Dublin International Literary Award and The Booker Prize. Her own books have been deemed the top books of their year by the Guardian, the Observer and Publishers Weekly. Her fourth novel was an Oprah Book Club pick. She was a finalist for the Costa Coffee 2020 Short Story Award. She has been widely praised as a writer from the Wall Street Journal to the Sunday Times and by the Novel Laureate for Literature J. M. Coetzee.

Sign up to begin writing fiction today.

Simply choose the level of support and guidance you’d like to accompany your course. All courses, coaching and access to our community of other writers are yours for 12 months and we make it easy and affordable to extend your access to the plan thereafter on an annual or monthly basis.

You can select from our instalment payment plans for The Book in a Year plan here or for The Complete Book in a Year plan here.

 

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The Book in a Year

$1825

  • The Classic Course
  • The Novel Course
  • 6 Coaching Sessions
  • The Big Edit
  • Membership
$1825

The Complete Book in a Year

$2450

  • The Classic Course
  • The Novel Course
  • 6 Coaching Sessions
  • 3 Feedback Sessions
  • The Big Edit
  • Membership
$2450

The Finished Novel Course

$3599

  • The Classic Course
  • The Novel Course
  • 6 Coaching Sessions
  • 3 Feedback Sessions
  • The Big Edit
  • Membership
  • Ultimate Manuscript Assessment
$3599

The Book in a Year

£1495

  • The Classic Course
  • The Novel Course
  • 6 Coaching Sessions
  • The Big Edit
  • Membership
£1495

The Complete Book in a Year

£1999

  • The Classic Course
  • The Novel Course
  • 6 Coaching Sessions
  • 3 Feedback Sessions
  • The Big Edit
  • Membership
£1999

The Finished Novel Course

£2999

  • The Classic Course
  • The Novel Course
  • 6 Coaching Sessions
  • 3 Feedback Sessions
  • The Big Edit
  • Membership
  • Ultimate Manuscript Assessment
£2999
Book in a Year payment plans
Complete Book in a Year payment plans
Finished Novel Course payment plans

Reviews of Our Book in a Year ®

Writers love The Novelry

Lacy Blake-Vetter

I started writing my book with The Novelry in May, and by March I had signed with a literary agent. I would never have progressed so quickly without The Novelry, and I highly recommend it to anyone looking for a fast track to mastering the essentials of creative writing. I took all three courses in The Book in a Year plan. I loved the idea of the daily writing practice, the insightful tutor chats, and the combination of high literary ideals and genre awareness. In fact, I loved the course so much that I'm using it to draft my second book – while I’ve dabbled in many techniques, I feel most comfortable coming back to The Novelry.

— Olesya Lyuzna, now represented by Aevitas Literary Agency

Lacy Blake-Vetter

“Hell yes! I already had an MFA in creative writing; I thought I should be able write a novel by myself. This course – with its combination of support, advice, and community – taught me so much about the novel form while I wrote one of my own. From this course I am taking a number of habits that I can’t imagine not having in the future.”

— Jeff Becker, Creative Writing Professor USA

Lacy Blake-Vetter

“It’s been a life-giving, powerful experience, and I cannot shut up about it. If you are thinking of signing up, don’t think twice. It’s one of the best decisions I have ever made. After six years of labouring on my book, I ended up with a first draft and a story that still blows my mind when I think about it. My tutor is not only an expert on the craft of writing, she is also incredibly smart, witty, creative and an absolute joy to work with. Her feedback was honest, yet always supportive. The Novelry is my favourite place on the internet, and I think it might become yours too.”

— Anna Verena Brandt

"Utterly brilliant. Life-changing, in fact."

 

“The course, the community and the guide, are the best things that have ever happened to the writer in me. If you’re serious about writing a novel, don’t let it roll about for 10 years. Write it in a season, while it’s fresh and you’re on fire. DO THIS COURSE! I challenge you not to fall in love with it.”

— Rashmi Sirdeshpande

"Utterly brilliant. Life-changing, in fact."

 

“The course, the community and the guide, are the best things that have ever happened to the writer in me. If you’re serious about writing a novel, don’t let it roll about for 10 years. Write it in a season, while it’s fresh and you’re on fire. DO THIS COURSE! I challenge you not to fall in love with it.”

— Rashmi Sirdeshpande

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