Writing process and guidance
What if I’m writing in a second language?
We have writers from all over the world, some of whom are writing in their second language. We offer language support on the courses, with a spoken and text translation tool. The software is designed to help those who are dyslexic or who are sight- or hearing-impaired.
We’re comfortable working with all writers at any stage of their writing – and we warmly welcome beginners as well as non-native English writers. Of course, you can give us a try and see what you think, secure in the knowledge you have a full 7-day money-back guarantee.
We’re proud of all the writers in our diverse community.
How do I get feedback on my writing?
If you would like more comprehensive feedback on your manuscript, we suggest you choose The Finished Novel Course. This includes a full assessment of your entire book to help you toward submission.
You can get fast feedback on your work from the best beta-readers (writers!) in our online community day and night.
We suggest you leave getting feedback until you have a second draft where it’s most helpful.
Once you join us, you can purchase a Paid Feedback Session for $425 or £350 for a 5000-word section of your manuscript.
The feedback sessions offer detailed feedback on your writing in a report and a live online 45-minute debrief with one of our editors.
How do I choose my writing coach?
We’ll give you guidance on how to choose within the first lessons of The Ninety Day Novel class, before you book your first coaching session. Once we have shown you how to scope out your story, and you have considered the genre you’re writing in, it will be fairly obvious who your writing coach should be as they’ll be an author successfully published in the same genre.
Consider who you want to write with; 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 and also book sessions with any other writing coach working within your genre. So if things change or you want help with specialist craft techniques from another coach, we’ve got you covered.
How does the writer coaching work?
You’ll meet when you begin The Ninety Day Novel. We’ll guide you on how to create an outline for a novel, and your coach or mentor will look at your planned storyline to ensure it’s as strong as it can be before you start writing, so that you can write with confidence. During your writing, your coaching will ensure the story gets stronger. We keep track of your progress and help troubleshoot any pitfalls and fill plot holes in the coaching sessions.
You’ll be able to book your coaching sessions at times to suit you. The sessions are 45 minutes live and online. All sessions are recorded for you to keep.
Why don’t you do group workshopping and share work at first draft?
We don’t believe that you should share and expose your work to others who are also writing their very first novels whilst you’re writing your first draft. It’s not fair on anyone and it’s a little bit cheeky for a course provider to ask students to teach students!
At The Novelry, you’ll be kept nice and safe within the one-to-one relationship with an experienced writing coach who cares about you and your story, and wants the very best for you. Feel free to ask any questions you wish, no question is too silly!
Please, don’t show your first draft to anyone else. Especially not your parents. There will be blood on the floor.
Will you tell me if I can write?
Writers often come to us asking: can I write? But the question you should be asking is: have I got a good story?
Your storyline is the first base of a good read. Great writing has more to do with storytelling and less to do with fine and fancy words! What’s unique to The Novelry is that we will help you find, shape and structure a story from the outset. Great ideas (almost) write themselves.
Whether your ambition is to finally finish a book to share with friends and family, to self-publish or make the journey to becoming a traditionally published author, we’ll make a plan to get you there and ensure you’re writing the right story, the right way.
You don’t seriously believe anyone can write a book?
Yes we do!
Each and every one of us at The Novelry is the living proof of it. All writers learn to write and most take courses. The sole qualification is an enjoyment of reading fiction. You can read some of our writers’ stories and reviews of the courses here. They were once browsing the website as you are now, now they are writers with novels and memoirs to their names. The question is—do you want to write a novel? If you do, you’ve come to the right place.
Creative writing courses pretend there are rules to writing a novel. But it’s not true.
We don’t push tired old literary theory, textbook teaching or academic coursework created elsewhere. There isn’t only one way to write a book. But there are lots of consistent elements to a great story, and quite a few things to avoid in the writing to help your reader turn those pages faster!
We’ll give you tools, not rules.
You’ll get some shiny new equipment for your writer’s toolkit based on insights into the craft techniques of famous and bestselling authors, the greats and contemporary writers too. We will give you a fresh solution for every problem you meet. What’s more, you’ll get just the right advice for you and your story with your coaching.
The content of our writing classes was developed by our founder and course director, a Booker Prize-listed award-winning author, Louise Dean, to share more than twenty years of writing experience. You can read our story here to find out why and how Louise decided to create a radical new approach to writing fiction.
Is it normal to be nervous?
Yes! But we will convert those nerves to excitement in seconds of your arrival.
Only one writer has ever arrived at The Novelry not feeling nervous. (Hello, Sean!)
There’s a very warm welcome waiting for you at The Novelry. We’re a friendly bunch. We know how much this means to you.
We were once sitting where you are now, and the truth is, we all feel nervous when we start work on a new novel, no matter how many we have written or had published. No writer is ever completely secure in their work, but we’ll show you why those nerves are important later in your writing life (taste and judgment!). All you need to get going is warmth, community, a sense of purposeful play and someone credible who believes in you (your coach!).
You’ll soon feel super-supported and at home. We write as buddies at The Novelry.
When’s a good time to start writing a novel?
There’s never a good time, so the best time is probably now.
And while there’s never a good time, now there’s a great place. The Novelry will support you every step of the way. The courses were designed for busy people with day jobs, family life and many calls on their time. We’ll show you our one-hour-a-day writing method. It’s revolutionary! We do a lot of the heavy lifting for you when it comes to structure and planning, ideas and inspiration. You’ll wish you’d started years ago.
Imagine if you’d been writing a novel a year since you first wanted to write. How many would you have now? Start today!
As Doris Lessing said, ‘Whatever you’re meant to do, do it now. The conditions are always impossible.’
How ‘good’ a writer should I be?
The best writers tend to think they’re not very good. Even the greats despair about their writing.
This is John Steinbeck writing in his journal at more than halfway through (#entry 52) his 100 day write of The Grapes of Wrath: ‘My many weaknesses are beginning to show their heads. I simply must get this thing out of my system. I’m not a writer. I’ve been fooling myself and other people. I wish I were. The success will ruin me as sure as hell. It probably won’t last and that will be all right. I’ll try to go on with work now. Just a stint every day does it. I keep forgetting.’ (Working Days, John Steinbeck.)
Every writer learns to write! Many writers take courses. Our curiosity, as writers, means we never stop learning.
Course information and structure
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Course policies and procedures
How do I contact you? Where are you based?
You can email us at email@example.com and we’ll respond quickly to your question.
Because publishing is global so are we! We are located in the UK and the USA, with offices in London and New York, and our companies are registered in both the United States and England and Wales. You can find our details at our Contact page here. We offer annual parties in New York and London and we coach and work with writers worldwide in all time zones.
What’s your Data Protection, Privacy and AI policy? How do you preserve my copyright?
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Data Protection and Copyright
We have a company-wide policy to protect and safeguard your data, and do not retain your content or material outside of secure company systems longer than is needed for us to work with you on it. We delete your data after your account is closed, and conduct a regular data audit and cleaning policy on a quarterly basis.
As a company, we take matters of copyright and confidentiality very seriously. Please do not send your material to any other parties unless you have confidence they will not share it. No member of our staff may share your material with any other party without your permission.
What’s your admissions and refund policy?
We operate a people before profit policy as a way of maintaining a happy and supportive community for all of our writers. You’ll find The Novelry a safe place. See our terms and conditions here.
Happy Writing Guarantee. We offer a 7-day refund policy on all courses.
How do I enroll and purchase a course?
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What if I need to stop writing during my year? Can I extend my course?
You have a year’s access to your class or course from the date of purchase.
The courses are self-paced so you can take the lessons in your own time, your way. You can schedule your coaching sessions to suit you too.
We cannot pause or freeze subscriptions but don’t worry! You can easily and affordably extend access to your program with our graduate plans or remain as a member for just $29.99 / £24.99 a month or $299 / £249 a year. Most of our members do because they love writing with The Novelry.