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The Novel Kickstarter Course

Find your story and write a novel

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1 year. 150+ lessons
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Anyone who wants to write a novel

From the glimmer of an idea to a complete first draft

Suitable for writers at all stages who want to explore the art of storytelling, discover your voice and find your big idea, then turn your story into a brilliantly fearless first draft.

Write your novel with inspiration and support
Writer Journey

Reasons not to take the first steps on a big adventure

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But I don’t have the time!

One hour per day. That’s all the commitment we ask of you. Just one hour a day to make your writing dreams a reality.

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But I don’t have a story!

Then you’re in the right place. Step one of the course—The Classic Storytelling Class—is designed precisely to kindle your ideas and ignite your voice.

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But I’m not sure I have any talent!

Not all writers suffer from imposter syndrome. Only the good ones. The art of storytelling can be learned. And our bestselling author coaches are the best in the business at teaching it.

Happy writing!

At the heart of The Novelry is a warm, welcoming writing community. We offer a collaborative environment, not a competitive one.

Everything you need to come up, with a big idea and write a first draft with confidence building coaching to stay on track

The Novel Kickstarter is a carefully structured program to guide you through coming up with the story idea using the ‘secret sauce’ of the all-time bestselling classic novels, and on to writing your full-length work of fiction.

We want you to become a prolific writer in a way that works with the realities of your daily life. Our one-hour-a-day method is a tried-and-tested model for getting your first draft done no matter how busy you are.

When you join The Novelry on a course, your plan includes membership and access to all our online writing workshops and events. With bestselling authors and a writing community that’s open day and night, come on in—you’ve found your tribe! You’ll make friends and grow as a writer.

Come up with the big idea for a powerful story that excites you with the The Classic Storytelling Class

Dive into The Ninety Day Novel to prepare and submit your storyline for review

Get feedback from your coach on your outline before you start writing

Take a lesson a day to pace your writing and get actionable feedback on the development of your story in your regular coaching sessions

Power through your lessons and enjoy live writing classes and workshops every week with new writer friends as you complete the first draft of your novel

The Novel Kickstarter Course

Find your story and write a complete first draft of your novel.

The Classic Storytelling Class

Come up with a fantastic idea for a page-turner. Plan a storyline that excites you and learn how to bring to life complex main characters. Outline and develop the world of your tale to capture the reader’s imagination page after page.

Lessons: 55 (1 hour each)

Find the Idea

Get started with the idea for your story

Once Upon a Time

Storytelling structure

The Process

Starting to plan a story


Creating the story world

Heroes and Villains

The conflict that drives drama

The Reader

A story readers will love

The Author

Why and how we write


The working plan for your story

The Ninety Day Novel Class

Prepare and develop your initial idea, construct your novel from the ground up, develop a productive writing practice, power through the middle with bold plotting, and raise the stakes towards a satisfying ending.

Lessons: 100 (1 hour each)
6 x writer coaching sessions

The Inspiration and Preparation Phase


The Construction Phase


The Swim Phase


The Heat Phase


The Enlightenment Phase


The Home Phase


“I simply have to love the idea. I’ll go through dozens of workable ideas until I find the one that lights my fire”

– Kristin Hannah

Our coaching team

Their books have hit the New York Times and Sunday Times bestseller lists and have been adapted for screen and optioned for major motion pictures.

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Andrea Stewart. Author and The Novelry Team Member

Andrea Stewart

Andrea Stewart is the Sunday Times bestselling, award-winning author of The Drowning Empire trilogy (The Bone Shard Daughter, The Bone Shard Emperor, and The Bone Shard War) and a finalist for numerous awards, including the Goodreads Choice Award and The British Fantasy Award.

Amanda Reynolds. Author and The Novelry Team Member

Amanda Reynolds

Amanda Reynolds is the bestselling author of six novels. Her number one ebook bestseller, Close To Me, was adapted into a major TV series.

Piers Torday. Author and The Novelry Team Member

Piers Torday

Piers Torday is the award-winning and bestselling author of seven books for children dubbed ‘the new master of children’s fiction’ by The Times.

Anissa Gray at The Novelry

Anissa Gray

Anissa Gray is the author of two novels published by Penguin Random House praised by the New York Times for her beautiful prose and stories about family, love and loss. She is an award-winning journalist whose work has been featured in Washington Post, CNN, and The Cut.

Evie Wyld. Author and The Novelry Team Member.

Evie Wyld

Evie Wyld is the award-winning author of four novels and a memoir. She is the only novelist ever to have won both the Miles Franklin Award and The Stella Prize for fiction in Australia. She is also the recipient of The John Llewellyn Rhys Prize, a Betty Trask Award, the European Union Prize, the Jerwood Fiction Prize and the Encore Award.

Heather Webb is the USA Today bestselling and award-winning author and The Novelry Team Member

Heather Webb

Heather Webb is the USA Today bestselling, award-winning author of ten novels with twenty-three years of coaching experience.

Libby Page. Author and The Novelry Team Member

Libby Page

Libby Page is the bestselling author of four novels. The Lido became a Sunday Times bestseller within its first week of publication and has been published in more than 23 territories around the world.

Tasha Suri. Author and The Novelry Team Member

Tasha Suri

Tasha Suri is the award-winning author of The Books of Ambha duology (Empire of Sand and Realm of Ash) and the epic fantasy The Jasmine Throne. Empire of Sand was rated by TIME magazine as one of the best fantasy novels of all time.

Melanie Conklin. Author and The Novelry Team Member

Melanie Conklin

Writing coach, Melanie Conklin, is the award-winning author of five middle-grade books for children, and winner of the International Literacy Association Teacher’s Choice Award.

L.R. Lam. Author and The Novelry Team Member

L.R. Lam

El, or L.R. Lam, is the Sunday Times bestselling, award-winning author of nine novels, with three more under contract. Their books include the epic fantasy romance Dragonfall, the beginning of the Dragon Scales trilogy, cyberpunk near-future thrillers, space opera novels and a near-future thriller. 

Lesley Kara. Author and The Novelry Team Member

Lesley Kara

Lesley Kara is a Sunday Times Top Ten and Amazon #1 bestselling author of psychological thrillers. She is the author of The Rumor, Who Did You Tell?, The Dare, The Apartment Upstairs and The Other Tenant.

Kate Riordan. Author and The Novelry Team Member

Kate Riordan

Kate Riordan is the bestselling author of six novels, and has been a Richard and Judy Book Club choice. Her novels are published by Penguin Random House.

Katie Khan at The Novelry

Katie Khan

Katie Khan is the author of two speculative fiction novels, Hold Back the Stars and The Light Between Us, published in the UK by Penguin Random House and in the US by Simon & Schuster. Her debut novel Hold Back the Stars is being adapted for film by the producers of Stranger Things. Katie’s books have been translated into more than twenty languages and nominated for awards. Katie is creative director at The Novelry.

Gina Sorell. Author and The Novelry Team Member.

Gina Sorell

Gina Sorell is the author of The Wise Women (HarperCollins), a New York Times Book Review Editors’ Choice, Good Morning America Buzz Book, a People Magazine Best New Book Pick, and Washington Post Summer Selection. Her debut novel Mothers and Other Strangers was a Refinery29 and Self Magazine Best Book Pick.

David Solomons. Author and The Novelry Team Member

David Solomons

David Solomons is the author of middle-grade children’s novels. His children’s books have won The British Book Industry Best Children’s Book and The Waterstones Children’s Book Prize. 

Mahsuda Snaith. Author and The Novelry Team Member

Mahsuda Snaith

Mahsuda Snaith’s debut novel The Things We Thought We Knew saw her named an Observer ‘New Face of Fiction’. 

Emylia Hall. Author and The Novelry Team Member

Emylia Hall

Emylia Hall is the award-winning author of four women’s fiction novels and a six-book cozy crime series. She is a Fellow of the Royal Literary Fund.

Alice Kuipers. Author and The Novelry Team Member

Alice Kuipers

Alice Kuipers is the bestselling, award-winning author of five novels, and six books for younger readers. She has been nominated for the Carnegie Medal. She is also a bestselling ghost writer experienced in writing memoir.

Tara Conklin

Tara Conklin

Tara Conklin is the New York Times bestselling author of three novels, personal essays and short stories. Her books have been selected by Read with Jenna, the Today Show book club, Barnes & Noble book club, Target book club, as a #1 IndieNext Pick and other accolades. Her work has been translated into 8 languages. She is based in Seattle.

Colleen Oakley. Author and The Novelry Team Member

Colleen Oakley

Colleen Oakley is the USA Today bestselling author of five novels. Colleen was awarded Georgia Author of the Year.

Urban Waite Writing Coach at The Novelry

Urban Waite

Urban Waite is the author of four novels, available in over forty countries and twelve languages. He has received multiple book deals from Simon & Schuster UK, Little Brown, and William Morrow, among many other book and film deals throughout Europe, Asia, and the production companies of Hollywood.

Contemporary & Women’s Fiction
Crime & Suspense
Science Fiction & Fantasy
Fantasy Epics And Sagas
Literary Fiction
Reading Group Fiction
Middle-Grade Fantasy
Up Lit
Magical Realism
Historical Fiction
Women’s Fiction
Science Fiction
Speculative Fiction
Sleuths, Crime Fiction
Psychological Thrillers
Young Adult
Fantasy Fiction
Crime Thrillers
Cozy Crime
Children’s & Young Adult Fiction

Kickstarting a writing career

“The Novelry has given me the structure and guidance I needed to finally write a novel, and an understanding of the long road of novel-writing. Even more importantly, it’s provided an incredible community of writers and tutors who I feel constantly connected with, so the process isn’t so lonely. I love this community!”

Nisha Ligon
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‘The last few weeks have been transformative in a way that is hard to describe other than to call it a kind of ‘rebirth’. Dedicating my time and mental space to truly and wholeheartedly writing has been so fun and fulfilling. Why didn’t I have the courage to start earlier? The Classic was a brilliant way to start here at The Novelry because it helped me get into the habit of showing up for myself and get some writing done in the process. Immersing myself in the work of some of my favorite authors was a wonderful bonus. I really loved the 10 min and 20 min tasks. I always did both sets of tasks because they helped me confront many glaring gaps in my idea. The tools are also a lovely addition to my now overflowing toolkit, and it was so helpful to see how other authors are excelling at their craft. I’ve gained a lot of confidence in the process, and I’m using that momentum to take a leap. A leap into the future I want, where the books I write may one day provide a modicum of comfort and solace.’

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Katerina Zafeiri

‘I have a first draft! I wasn’t sure I could make the jump from non-fiction to fiction. It feels like so much has changed in doing the course that I can barely remember the before. All of the lessons seemed to come at exactly the right time for me. When I needed support, I got it. The coaching sessions were the best. I am so glad that I chose The Novelry. The lessons are like spices for the experience - some new, some comforting, some exotic - that allowed me to really savor the experience of writing a first draft. Though I wrote alone, I was never lost or lonely.’

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Maggie Huffman

‘Taking the course has opened up a whole new world and community to me. It's brought with it much joy and excitement. It's enabled me to tap into my creative and imaginative self and be amazed at what I found. I signed up to The Novel Kickstarter at The Novelry with hope in my heart but also with a certain amount of reservation about my ability to succeed. I am now so pleased that I decided to do it. I have a story I want to write and The Classic class has helped me form what I hope is a workable plan/outline for my novel. I have chosen to trust the process and believe I will have the support to help me write my first draft.’

Gerri Crossley

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The Novel Kickstarter Course

Progress at your own pace

Course and community access for an entire year.

Your success, on your terms. Always.

This is a self-paced class; you drive the development of your story. The tempo of the march is yours to decide.

You’ll need 30 minutes for each lesson, and probably some time to capture your thoughts and ideas as you start writing.

We recommend setting aside an hour a day just for you and your writing, and you’ll soon come to love this special pocket of escapism.

But if time is tight and life is getting in the way, never fear. There are 150 lessons in total, and 365 days to do them.

Stay a little longer

Life. It happens to the best of us.

A good story will wait

You have 365-days’ access to the course. But don’t worry if you need to stop writing for a while.

You can easily extend your access beyond your year, or stay on as a member with access to the workshops and community for just $29.99 a month (or £24.99) or $299 (or £249) a year.

You’ll have a writing plan all signed off by our team which acts as a map for you to find your way back home to your story.

And your writing coach will be ready to get you back on track with a working re-boot session.

Money back policy

Our Happy Writing guarantee.

Time to check it’s right for you

We maintain a happy and supportive community for all of our writers. So, we offer a 7-day money-back Happy Writing Guarantee for all our classes and courses, should you change your mind.

Write with the best in the business

Award-winning authors. Publishing editors. Leading literary agents.

Coaches not lecturers

Many online writing programs promote ‘featured’ videos of one or two big-name stars. And you sit, you watch, you learn. Passively.

Here at The Novelry, our online writing classes and courses come with a team of writer all-stars built right in. They’re part of the furniture around our happy writing home. You’ll run into them in the virtual halls of The Novelry, in your personal coaching sessions, and week in, week out at workshops or in your online community.

We’re talking stars whose books have hit the New York Times and Sunday Times bestseller lists, and have been adapted for screen and optioned for major motion pictures.

Writing stars who work with you, not lecture at you.

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40+ workshops a month

In addition to your class.

Write in good company

Guided, group-based workshops with fellow writers, bestselling authors and publishing professionals. Offered live online, but also recorded, so you can easily catch up if you miss one.

You’ll get advice and writing prompts, genre-specific challenges and exercises to help you develop your writing and deepen your craft. And of course, you’ll have a community of like-minded spirits, cheering you on as you reach each milestone on your journey.

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Genre expertise

What’s your style?

“Outstanding genre-specific workshops!”

—April Love-Fordham

You may be burning to write a thriller, yearning to capture a romance, or scoping out the near-future world of a science fiction story.

Maybe you’re yet to discover your type. Perhaps you’re between genres right now.

Any which way, this course will help you put your story on steroids. You can choose your author coach based on their expertise, and our genre-specific workshops are in a league of their own.

Video masterclasses

From the likes of Kristin Hannah and Yann Martel.

Catch-up TV for storytellers

(Binge-watch the series.)

Over 100 classes with famous bestselling writers, publishing experts and leading literary agents for you to explore in your own time.

Find out how your best-loved authors (really) write their books, from Tess Gerritsen, Paula Hawkins, Sophie Kinsella, and Val McDermid to Lucy Foley, Katherine Rundell, Samantha Shannon, Steven Erikson and (so) many more.

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A supportive writing community

Find your people.

Come for the course. Stay for the people.

We’re the largest online writing community exclusively for novelists and memoir writers. This group offers you a safe space to share the ins and outs and ups and downs of the creative life.

It’s ad-free and bound by the terms of confidentiality, allowing you to be yourself as a writer among industry professionals, trusted new friends, and like-minded people.

What’s more, our annual US and UK parties and networking events offer the perfect opportunity to mingle and celebrate your work. Cheers to that!

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Created by a Booker Prize-listed author

We don’t just talk the talk.

“Louise Dean is a significant voice in British fiction”

The Observer

When it comes to writing, and writing success, Founder and Course Director Louise Dean knows a thing or two about a thing or two.

Booker Prize-listed, winner of The Betty Trask Prize and the Le Prince Maurice Prize, finalist for the Costa Coffee 2020 Short Story Award, longlisted for the Dublin International Literary Award, and nominated for The Guardian First Book Prize (among others), Louise has earned plaudits from the Nobel Laureate for Literature, no less. Her books have been praised by the New York Times, The Guardian, The Observer and The Sunday Times.

Louise shares her (award-winning) wordsmithery secrets in the courses and classes and draws on a lifetime and love of reading fiction and the techniques of the greats.

Meet Louise

More 5-star reviews

Than any other writing courses.

We’re the home of happy writing  

When choosing your writing course, always make sure to look for these things:

  • Independent rave reviews from real people giving their names.
  • Writing coaches who are award-winning and bestselling published authors.
  • One-on-one, personalized instruction focused on what you need.
  • A professional path to getting published with links to a range of literary agencies.
  • An inspiring writers’ group with a kind and encouraging ethos.


Flexible pricing

Pay upfront or monthly.

Payment options

Feel free to select an installment payment option to spread the cost.

Save money with the single payment option for our combined courses. (When you combine classes with a course plan you save money on the cost of the individual classes.)

For the very best value, our most popular choice is The Finished Novel Course.

Better value than a university course

With a practical outcome.

At a fraction of the price

Storytelling success lies very at the very heart of becoming a published author, and we have engineered our program to give you a head start.

Our approach is both practical and a whole lot of fun. The Novelry has been described by members as ‘like Hogwarts for writers’.

You’ll enjoy a university-type experience in terms of making new student friends but you’ll be learning from brilliant working authors and editors, not academics.

When you join us you are taking a journey not just to get a bunch of letters after your name, but to hold a first draft manuscript in your hands. In just a year or less. We move at your pace and our focus is on you.

We’re trusted by the world’s leading literary agents, and our graduates go on to secure major contracts from Big Five publishers in the USA, the UK and worldwide.

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  • Membership (1 Year)
  • The Classic Storytelling Class
  • The Ninety Day Novel Class
  • 6 Coaching Sessions


If you’re bursting with questions we haven’t answered here, check out our full FAQS page or feel free to get in touch.

Why do your creative writing courses start here?

Writing a novel is not so much about the writing, or at least not in the way you think. Nobody ever stayed glued to a book for the complexity of its vocabulary.

Writing is about storytelling, and readers and publishers alike want great stories. And here’s a secret—storytelling can be learned. Hey, guess what, you might just be very good at it. Why not find out?

Writing is not a god-given gift or innate talent. It’s not something you are born with, or can or can’t do. It’s something you learn, because you want to learn it.

Sure, you’re going to need to read some books. And here’s another secret. Writers learn from other writers. Just like with any craft or trade, they take apprenticeships or courses and work with published writers.

The story doesn’t happen to you, you happen to the story.

You don’t need to be wise and have all the answers. Stories are about questions. One question after another. What happens next? Why did she do that? What will he do to escape? How come there’s no door to the house? Will they work out that guy’s a villain?

We’ll get you asking the right questions, in the right order, to invite your reader into your wonderful world.

What do I need to take this class?

A notebook, a pen and a computer with a decent internet connection for use of our online learning platform and coaching sessions.

Our online learning platform is easy to use, even for the less tech-savvy among us. We are supportive and responsive to our writers, available by email and at our online members’ community around the clock, worldwide, so that you can relax and enjoy your writing.

How does the coaching work?

Your coaching begins after the first week of the second phase of your program, The Ninety Day Novel, where you will write and refine your draft novel alongside a currently published bestselling author in your genre of fiction.

Before your first coaching session, we’ll guide you on how to create an outline for a commercially viable novel. You’ll be nudged in the course to use our interactive tool to submit that to us (on a regular basis as you develop your story). We’ll look at your planned storyline as a team, and if we think another writing coach would be best suited to your story, we’ll drop you a line, but you’ll be able to make the final decision (and can always swap coaches later if you wish).

Every writing coach reviews your storyline in advance of the session via the interactive tool we call ‘The Plan’.

Your first coaching session begins with your writing coach understanding your intentions and aspirations for your book and writing career. That’s your brief to us, and allows us to give you the dedicated and personal guidance and support you need to achieve your ambition.

The coaching sessions are 45 minutes online, and you’ll find that’s plenty of time to get help with story development and troubleshoot any problems to stay on track with your writing. All sessions are recorded for you to keep. You may schedule your coaching sessions whenever you wish during your year with us and will be able to browse our diaries to select a time that works for you, in your time zone. Some like to stay on track with a coaching session every two weeks of their writing period, for example, and others like to pace themselves with one a month or get more help up front or more guidance and advance later on. You can get the support you need when you need it.

During the writing of a first draft, our focus is on your storyline, and we work with you to creatively develop and expand the story together, reviewing development in every session and answering your questions for your story.

You can, additionally, book Paid Feedback Sessions which include a report and a live debrief. We suggest you leave getting feedback on your work until later in your program, after the first draft.

Unlike other writing courses, we advise you don’t share or ‘workshop’ the novel at this stage where your confidence and the story are still vulnerable. Some courses have first-time writers on first drafts advising others in their position, and we think this is a bad idea and at best a waste of your very precious time.

At The Novelry, we’ll keep you and your story safe within a one-on-one relationship of trust and care with wise guidance from a published author who cares about your success and will believe in you and your story.

How do I choose my writing coach?

You can browse our writing coaches and find the author you would most like to work with, then book your coaching session from your Library.

You may wish to book with an author experienced in the genre you are writing.

Another great way to consider who you want to write with is to take a peek inside the first pages of their published books on Amazon and see whose writing style appeals to you most strongly.

The wonderful thing about The Novelry is that you can work with the writing coach of your choice but also book sessions with any other writing coach whenever you wish. So if things change for your story, say you swap genre, or need more help on specialist technical matters from another coach, we’ve got you covered.

Do you offer a money-back guarantee?

Yes, we are all for Happy Writing. You can review our terms and conditions here. If for any reason at all the course is not for you, you can get a full no-questions-asked refund within the first 7 days after purchase. Just email us and let us know.

‘The coaching sessions were the best’

“I have a first draft! I wasn’t sure I could make the jump from non-fiction to fiction. It feels like so much has changed in doing the course that I can barely remember the before. All of the lessons seemed to come at exactly the right time for me. When I needed support, I got it. The coaching sessions were the best. I am so glad that I chose The Novelry. The lessons are like spices for the experience—some new, some comforting, some exotic —that allowed me to really savor the experience of writing a first draft. Though I wrote alone, I was never lost or lonely.”

Maggie Huffman
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