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June 30, 2024 12:00

The start-to-finish book writing program

Course lessons to guide your writing

Get a lesson a day timed perfectly to coincide with wherever you are in your book writing journey. Get inspiration and fast-track craft techniques to power you through writing your novel with our one-hour-a-day method.

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Coaching for accountability

Hands-on help from bestselling authors and publishing editors from the idea through to the book deal. With one-on-one coaching sessions with your published author mentor and editors from publishers like Penguin Random House. 

Community with classes for motivation

Over 40 live classes and workshops every month for you to drop in and enjoy the company of publishing industry professionals and your fellow writing students. On-demand options for you to catch up in your own time. 

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Crafting compelling fiction

We support our writers by doing some of the heavy-lifting of plotting and planning together, with hands-on help to guide you all the way to achieving your ambitions. But we never forget, you’re the author. We’re here to help you tell your story.

Tools not rules

We don’t believe there is a textbook method or set of rules, templates or a formula for writing a book.

But the history of fiction provides us with a fantastic set of tools we can use to give our writers fast-track insights and techniques.

Created by Louise Dean, a Booker Prize-listed author, our unique and fun course content will take you through these tools, helping you power through your writing with (relatively) pain-free plotting, saving you time and frustration as you dodge the rookie errors (over-writing and more) and deepen your understanding of how great storytelling works.

The Story First Method ™

Readers don’t want fancy words. They want page-turning stories. (So do publishers!) So we start from the ground up by making sure you’re writing a story that excites you and one that’s more likely to get published so you’re not wasting your valuable time. We help you come up with the idea (The Classic—stage 1) and then we help you write it (The Ninety Day Novel—stage 2) and then we help you get it ready for publishing (The Big Edit—stage 3).

To plan or not to plan your story? Spreadsheets or ‘follow the main character’? The truth lies in the middle. You need to know your destination, but the route you take is part of the pleasure of writing fiction. So we offer a nimble one-page planning method allowing you to stay on track, updating your route map as all the mysteries of your story unfold on the white page. Even better, we offer an interactive planning process, enabling us to keep sight of your one-page plan as you develop your story.

The wonder of this one-pager? It contains all the essentials publishers, literary agents and readers want from a book. We don’t hold this vital info back from you until after you have written your novel! At The Novelry, you’ll know what’s required for a great story straight from the start so you can write with confidence.

Our one-hour-a-day writing method

“Too busy! I don’t have time!” That’s what we all say, isn’t it?

There’s never a good time to write a novel, so don’t wait for it!

Forget that snowy mountain lodge with you, the writer, penning your great modern classic, day and night, with no interruptions. Not gonna happen! Here’s the thing—writing your novel only needs your butt on a seat for an hour a day. One hour? No excuses!

Keeping in touch with your novel every day allows for eureka moments in the shower and for real life to infuse every scene. With our help and direction, you won’t need to worry about the mountaintop; you can just take every day of writing as it comes.

Take that one hour a day for you. 

Because there’s never a good time to write a novel, now there’s a good place.

The Five Fs ®

Novels don’t use a 3-act structure. The novel is an immersive art form allowing the reader to assume the experience and outlook of the narrator in a particularly intimate relationship, one-to-one. Every novel is, in a sense, a moral journey for the main character. We will walk you through this simple but elegant story structure to deliver a satisfying ending.

Since Aristotle wrote about the form of tragedy (which is at the heart of big stories, even comedic ones), a five-part structure has been used to help articulate longer stories. At The Novelry, we keep it simple; you can literally count the parts of novel structure on one hand with our very own Five Fs.

Fun. Flexible. Formidable.

What makes a good mentor?

An aspiring writer will want to consider a potential writing mentor carefully to choose an experienced writer who has navigated the publishing industry successfully, with a proven track record, who has standing and recognition in the literary world and the publishing industry.

A good mentor is someone who loves learning and who understands that they too, as a writer, are always learning; that way the one-on-one mentoring relationship becomes a mutually fulfilling and exciting experience, open to new ideas and feedback that flows naturally both ways.

To choose your potential coach, consider the writing coach’s work. Have they been published recently? Do they write in a similar genre? Do they understand the book publishing process? Have they got teaching experience? Do they belong to professional organisations? That they belong to a writing community and are willing and able to work generously with other writers is an important test.

The Novelry team

“The Novelry is more than a course, it’s a lifestyle and it’s the best investment I’ve ever made.”

Brooke Hardwick (now represented by A M Heath Literary Agency after submission by The Novelry)
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