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For writers at all stages of their writing journeys, beginners welcome.

 

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The Finished Novel Course

The Finished Novel Course is our comprehensive 3-stage program towards a completed fiction novel. The course culminates in an in-depth report on your manuscript from Penguin Random House and Big 5 publishing editors to enter the publishing process.

From the initial idea through to a finished draft, you will enjoy a structured pathway with self-paced online learning and dedicated personal coaching from our team of bestselling authors and experienced publishing editors.

The online alternative to a Creative Writing MFA or MA with the practical career outcome: a novel finished to publishing standard.

 

With our Story First Method, well ensure you are writing a story likely to get published and help you stay on track to deliver a stand-out novel. Take the program at your own pace and schedule your coaching as and when you need, in all time zones. Enjoy the campus-like experience from home during your year with live writing classes and workshops every week. You’ll develop the advanced creative writing skills you need to complete a work of fiction to get published.

The Novelry is the only writing school with publishing editors from the major Big Five publishing houses: Penguin Random House, Simon & Schuster, Hachette, Macmillan and HarperCollins. You’ll work one-on-one with a professional editor to edit your manuscript and prepare a package for our bespoke personal submission service.

We recommend graduates work when ready to our roster of world-class literary agency partners who have come to trust The Novelry for the exceptionally high standards of graduates of The Finished Novel Course.

‘I secured a two-book deal and it has been optioned for development into a six-part TV series.

 —Tracey Emerson

‘I secured a two-book deal and it has been optioned for development into a six-part TV series.

‘These creative writing courses have changed my writing life and I can’t recommend them highly enough. Within a short time of starting the lessons, I had my idea sorted and ninety days later I had my first draft. After taking the editing course and taking advantage of all the wonderful author chats and workshops offered by The Novelry, I secured a two-book deal and it has been optioned for development into a six-part TV series.’ —Tracey Emerson

 

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Write to get published

 

Self-paced course

The 3-stage year-long program with online lessons, personal coaching and editorial sessions. 

Lively student community

With over 40 live classes and workshops a month and a lively online community.

A full manuscript assessment

A comprehensive line-by-line in-depth report from our Big Five publishing editors.

Submission to literary agencies

Fast-tracked recommendation to world-class literary agents.

1. Find your story         

55 self-paced lessons

Videos, tools and downloads

The Classic class

The Classic        

Where a great story begins. Learn how to combine your unique experience, deeper motivations and emotional attachments with the prime movers of the big stories to begin your storytelling journey.  The Classic Class will ensure your story is packing all the ingredients for a story readers will find spellbinding. By the end of this class, you will have an idea for the story only you can write and a broad plan for the storyline which you will be invited to discuss with a bestselling author before you start writing.

1. The Classic

To come up with the idea for a great novel and plan the world of your story.

The Classic

50+ self-paced lessons

With videos, tools, downloads

2. Write your first draft         

100 self-paced lessons

6 coaching sessions

Videos, tools and downloads

The Ninety Day Novel class

The Ninety Day Novel         

Our Story First Method™ signs off your storyline with everything a prospective publisher or literary agent looks for in a novel before you start writing. With a lesson a day to guide you, you’ll set up a great story, power through the middle, and raise the stakes towards a satisfying ending. You will have a writing coach at your side for personal sessions every 2 weeks of the 90 days. Our interactive method makes light work of planning, allowing you to relish your writing time of an hour a day and write in small, achievable segments, increasing your daily word count as you write to complete your novel to celebrate typing The End.

2. The Ninety Day Novel

Your story signed off before you begin writing and daily lessons to complete a first draft at your pace with a dedicated writing coach and live classes.

The Ninety Day Novel

100+ self-paced lessons

6 coaching sessions

Videos, tools and downloads

3. Edit your book        

52 self-paced lessons

2 editorial sessions

Videos, tools and downloads

The Big Edit class

The Big Edit     

The Big Edit is the final stage of our program with a structured editing process for writers to revise and polish their manuscripts to the highest standards. You’ll work with a professional book editor, formerly an acquiring editor for major global publishing companies: Penguin Random House, Simon & Schuster, Hachette, Macmillan and HarperCollins. Our editorial team will oversee your progress from a first planning session to management of the literary agency submission process on your behalf.

3. The Big Edit

The Big Edit

52 self-paced lessons

2 editorial sessions

Videos, tools and downloads

4. Manuscript Assessment

 

A comprehensive report from Big Five editors

A live editorial debrief by Zoom

A plan for steps to publishing and submission

The Ultimate Manuscript Assessment

The Ultimate Manuscript Assessment

The world-class service trusted by literary agents from respected Big Five publishing fiction editors from Penguin Random House, HarperCollins, Simon & Schuster, Macmillan and Hachette. Your editor will evaluate every aspect of your story and writing: from the overall narrative arc to each character, from pace and momentum to prose and dialogue, and provide a marked-up manuscript and a detailed, in-depth report typically of 15–20 pages. With a 45-minute online meeting with your editor to ask questions and a clear plan for your next steps to achieve your ambition to get published.

4. Manuscript Assessment

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A comprehensive report from Big 5 editors

A live debrief by Zoom

A plan for steps to publishing

Literary agency partners        

With 25+ world-class agents

For all genres of fiction

In London and New York

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Fast track submission

The writing course program recommended and trusted by world-class agents representing global bestsellers and working with the Big Five publishers. When your manuscript is ready for submission, we’ll make a tailored plan to submit your work directly to the best literary agents for you, and typically they reply within 2 weeks as part of our understanding. We neither ask for nor accept a commission for this; its part of the service. We cannot guarantee representation, but we will always do everything we can to help you. We’re connected to the most well-respected literary agencies worldwide.

Literary agency submission

25+ literary agencies

 

25+ world-class agencies

For all genres of fiction

In London and New York

With writer coaching sessions

A bestselling author co-pilot at your side from start to finish who will come to know you and your story in-depth, encourage and champion your work throughout your year. Book your sessions to suit your timetable in all time zones. They’re recorded for you to keep. You’re in the best hands.

  • 6 personal coaching sessions of 45 minutes
  • Develop your story in one-to-one sessions with a bestselling author
  • Stay on track with guidance from the first sentence to the last word
Choose your writing coach

With writer coaching sessions

Stay on track with a bestselling author coach in 6 personal sessions.

Our writing coach team

With professional editor sessions

Your editorial team were formerly publishing editors from the Big Five publishers with experience editing bestsellers. Our team will guide your revision process and oversee your submissions package for literary agency representation. 

  • 2 in-depth live editorial sessions of 45 minutes
  • A feedback report on your submissions package
  • Management of your bespoke submissions process when ready
See our Big 5 editors

With professional editor sessions

Big Five editors

Workshops and events       

40+ workshops a month

100’s of recorded masterclasses 

24/7 online community for novelists

Discover the writing group

A thriving community for writers

We’re the largest writing community exclusively for novelists. We offer more live online writing classes on a monthly basis than any other writing school. You’ll find specialist writing workshops for fantasy fiction, science fiction, crime and suspense fiction, historical fiction, romance, literary fiction, young adult, children’s fiction, memoir and more. Enjoy 40+ group online writing workshops and events every month. Meet literary agents and industry professionals. We pride ourselves on a safe and supportive space where serious writing is fun. You’ll make friends and grow as a writer.

The writing group

Discover the writing group

40+ workshops a month

100’s of recorded masterclasses 

24/7 online community for novelists

The Finished Novel Course

 

Sign up for the most comprehensive novel writing program in the world.

The Finished Novel

$ 3499

  • Membership (1 year)
  • The Classic
  • The Ninety Day Novel
  • Writer Coaching (6 sessions)
  • The Big Edit
  • The Ultimate Manuscript Assessment
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The Finished Novel

£ 2799

  • Membership (1 year)
  • The Classic
  • The Ninety Day Novel
  • Writer Coaching (6 sessions)
  • The Big Edit
  • The Ultimate Manuscript Assessment
  •  

Sign up

(More experienced writers can choose The Advanced Class in place of The Classic. Simply email us after purchase and we will swap the classes for you.)

You have our 7-day money-back Happy Writing guarantee should you change your mind.

 

Instalment payment plans 

🇺🇸 $329 / month USD
🇬🇧 £259 / month GBP
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Your Course Director

Meet our founder, the award-winning novelist who created the program and oversees our student body.

Louise Dean
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Our Literary Agency Partners

Discover the literary agencies in the USA and the UK that fast-track submissions from our grads.

Literary Agents
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Our Success Stories

Meet our grads who have secured literary agents and gone on to become published authors.

Success Stories
Reviews from our graduates 

The writing course program with more 5* independent reviews than any other.

creative writing MFA

The Novelry’s creative writing courses are unique – intelligent, surprising, more than a little magical – and I can’t recommend them highly enough. The result was my debut novel, For When I’m Gone, which was published by Orion Fiction.

— Rebecca Ley

get published

‘I signed up to force myself to finish a languishing draft, thinking Id use it as a prompt rather than a school – Id done enough writing courses and wasnt expecting to learn much more from the lessons. But WOW! A cornucopia of thought-provoking sessions and exercises that challenged the way I saw my practice and stretched my thinking and experience well beyond my comfort zone. And, just as predicted, I really did quickly start to come to my writing with confidence and joy. As a writer, you cant ask for much more. Im hugely grateful that I discovered this fantastic writing course. Thank you!’

— Lucy Barker

become an author

It took me 66 years to get an agent. And it’s been worth the wait. I joined an amazing online writing community called The Novelry. Up until then, I’d 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 course, I’d have something. She was right.’

— Susie Bower

creative writing MFA

‘I feel empowered to move forward in a definite, sustainable way - both writing actual fiction, which is motivating to me, and improving the craft of writing, which is important because there’s a lot of MFA-type material contained in these courses. Seriously - this material is dense. If you work through it, you will absolutely be a better writer than you were when you started (that is, you will emerge as someone who produces higher-quality work, more consistently, with considerably less stress/heartburn than previously was your experience).

— Hilary Bee

creative writing MFA

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 MFA

This time last year, just finishing a manuscript was a dream. Less than 12 months later, the possibility of my novel being published is real. I’ve learned how to bring my first drafts to life through developing characters and prose. I’ve been able to hear how other readers react to my writing which has helped me on later drafts. I’ve gained an understanding of what agents are looking for and how to approach them. There are so many resources and opportunities to learn from other writers, editors and agents. I definitely recommend it if you want to write your novel.

— Catherine West-McGrath

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