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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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Write a Book in a Year With Our Supportive Writing Plan

This structured plan will see you write your own book in a year with the three step writing program created by a Booker Prize-listed author at our world-famous writing school.

Most writers can write, but so many struggle with storytelling. Successful writers understand that to get published you'll need to start with a great book idea, one that presents both the reader and writer with an exciting challenge, stimulating enough to engage you both to keep coming back to your book day in, day out. Were here to help you create that idea and stay on track with the ultimate accountability partner of The Novelry where our triple action program of courses, coaching and community will ensure you write your book.

Heres your opportunity to develop advanced storytelling skills with 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 that inspire and inform, a year’s worth of support from a writing coach in one-to-one mentoring sessions, weekly writing classes to keep you focused, sessions with bestselling authors, and a friendly community of fellow writers. If you’re a first time writer who’s always wanted to write a book but doesn’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. Find the mental space to define your book writing process and develop good habits.

The course will guide you from building the world of your story, outlining your book idea and strengthening the plot, to writing the first draft and editing it with expert guidance from our professional editors for a fabulous book ready for publication.

It has everything you need to take your story from your first completed draft to ‘The End’. Begin your adventure in writing fiction today. 

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The Book in a Year ®

Our 3-stage program to write a book in a year.

This structured and supportive program gets you focused and guides you with over 200 motivational online lessons and one-to-one author coaching. We’ll help your write a book, step by step, to a professional publishing standard.

 

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1. The Classic Course

Take a deep dive into spellbinding fiction to learn the secret ingredients of the most classic and biggest-selling novels. Youll learn to combine the familiar with the unfamiliar to develop a story idea thats uniquely and powerfully yours as you settle into your writing space with a nice cosy start. Think of this course as the incubator for your ideas. Youll find that storytelling is about the way we engage the reader in a suspension of belief, to lure them sentence by sentence into an alternative parallel universe where fiction beats reality. Youll learn the dark arts of storytelling and why, as we mentioned earlier, writing is not only about your use of the written word. (Which is why Stephen King outsells Mr Nabokov any day of the week.) By the end, youll have your idea and all you need to start to write your novel.

Learn more about The Classic Course here.

2. The Ninety Day Novel Course

Its time to get that novel written. Youll begin by developing the outline to write your novel in the same way an author would and within days youll have your marching orders to start writing with over 100 daily lessons drip-fed daily to spur on your writing and elevate your prose. Dont worry, you’ll have the very best accountability partner for regular one-to-one author coaching sessions to keep you focused, as week by week, word by word, you get your story down on paper. Received wisdom says it takes three months – or ninety days – to form a habit. On The Ninety Day Novel Course, well make sitting down to write for ninety days feel like a magical slice of time in the day thats only for you. Rather than giving you a strict daily word count goal, in the novel-writing phase of the Book in a Year program we recommend writing for one hour a day. Using original writing techniques and interactive tools like our one page planning tool, you'll watch everything you imagine become words on the page as your chapters develop. Making writing time a part of your daily routine is where your writing career starts and in just ninety days you could have a complete draft of your novel too.

Take a look at The Ninety Day Novel Course here.

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3. The Big Edit

Take your manuscript to a professional publishing standard with the carefully structured course for writers who are ready to turn a first draft into a first book, and refine their editing process. The course is overseen by our editorial department who will get your story into shape before you revise it. Well take a look at the outline for the entire book, and start by rebooting the pitch, finessing the plot, binding character and theme, and move to elevating your prose one sentence at a time, delving into minutiae from chapter titles to adjective use, drilling down to the words with tips to revise your book week by week over this third stage of your year. We cover techniques that have produced the best stories – from our own narrative structure The Five Fs ® to our powerful prose method Lucid Compression ®. Our editors will familiarise you with the publishing process and help you prepare a killer pitch, a streamlined synopsis, a thrilling first chapter (and three stand-out chapters) for a submissions package that will impress agents and publishers.

Find out more about The Big Edit here

4. Literary Agents

Get ready to get published! If you hope to publish your novel, our courses will help you get there.

The Novelry is partnered with the world’s leading literary agents who present books to acquiring editors at major publishing companies. Our literary agency partners are keen to see the high standard of debut authors who have graduated from our courses at The Novelry. The way publishers consider a book depends very much on where it comes from and they'll look more favorably upon submissions from the literary agencies known for their successful writers.

A great agent can get you a traditional publishing deal, as well as TV and film rights too.

Find out more about our literary agency partners here.

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5. Coaching

Throughout your Book in a Year program, you’ll get coaching from professional authors to help you stay on track.

Before you put pen to paper with The Ninety Day Novel Course you’ll be guided on how to choose your writing coach for your one-to-one online coaching sessions.

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 writing coaches here.

6. Community

As a member, you’ll enjoy the support of our thriving and active worldwide online community, interaction with fellow students at weekly online writing classes, and author guest sessions and Q&As with literary agents and publishing professionals.

You’ll be able to join specialist genre writing groups and live online workshops. You’ll get access to our library of recorded masterclasses with bestselling authors.

We offer a phenomenal selection of resources covering everything from writing techniques to publishing, catering to writers of every genre of fiction and memoir.

Find out more about our membership community and writing group here.

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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 novels 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 an author from the Wall Street Journal to the Sunday Times and by the Novel Laureate for Literature J. M. Coetzee.

Sign up to write your book in a year.

Simply choose the level of support and guidance you’d like to accompany your Book in a Year plan. All courses, coaching and access to our community of other writers are yours for 12 months. 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 Ninety Day Novel Course
  • 6 Coaching Sessions
  • The Big Edit
  • Membership
$1825

The Complete Book in a Year

$2450

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

The Finished Novel Course

$3599

  • The Classic Course
  • The Ninety Day 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 Creative Management

Lacy Blake-Vetter

“Hell yes! I already had an MFA in creative writing; I thought I should be able write a book 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

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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, 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 author in me. If you really want to write your 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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