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The Novelry provides aspiring novelists with everything they need to learn how to write a book and get published.

The creative writing courses include the famous Ninety Day Novel ® Course, and the new Editing Your Novel Course. The Classic Course guides writers to walk in the footsteps of Tolkien, CS Lewis and JKRowling to discover how to plan to write a bestseller. The founder of The Novelry is Man Booker longlisted award-winning author Louise Dean. Louise Dean coaches and teaches live online with one-to-one working sessions. The community of novelists is a vibrant online forum where both published and aspiring novelists from all over the world enjoy wise feedback on their work and support from fellow writers.

The Writers Retreats hosted by The Novelry are all-inclusive weeks with private rooms in a beautiful rural manor house in Dorset. These luxurious retreats offer writers the peace and plenty they crave to add serious word count to their novels in progress.

The Novelry offers novelists complete support through the novel writing process from ‘What if?’ To ‘The End’. Customers rave about The Novelry commonly describing the courses as ‘life-changing’ and The Novelry enjoys five-star reviews.

You can book a free 15-minute chat with Louise Dean to talk about your writing here.

If you’re ready to make a commitment to getting your novel done, then this fully-supported, professional but fun environment might be the kick in the seat you need. The Novelry is the place to get serious about your writing.

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This is the story of me and The Novelry.

I'm Louise Dean and I started writing novels in 2001, when I was a mum in Brooklyn, with three kids under five. My first book was 'Becoming Strangers' and it won a few prizes and was longlisted for the Man Booker. You can read more about me and my books at

They say most people have a book inside them. They say you can't learn to write.

But I did. Twenty years ago - when I had time enough to stalk and grill the likes of Seamus Heaney, Ian McEwan and later Gore Vidal. I'm still learning. Every damn day. I've been writing for twenty years now. And I was so sick to death of writing alone this time last year, I'm ashamed to say I even gave up drinking.

Then it came to me at the beginning of this year; there's no reason to do this alone in vainglorious semi-squalour! How come everyone else in the world is pretending to work together, sharing their learning, collaborating across digital platforms with heedless immodesty, but we 'serious' writers are still typing in the same underpants we were wearing in 1992?

So I started The Novelry.

I said to my friend Tim, who is an award-winning novelist  'I'm going to write a novel in 90 days and I'm going to teach other writers to do it at the same time. Have them look over my shoulder, you know.'  He said, 'You're nuts.' But then The Bookseller and Mslexia said they liked it and the writers came.

It nearly killed me. It was great.

For ninety days, I was writing my own novel at dawn and reading the 'hero' texts last thing at night. I was recording the v-logs on my way to one of my two day jobs, and writing the day's lesson in the evening. I was mainlining writers like Kerouac, Muriel Spark and John Fowles because for part of the course I was teaching from books written in four weeks.  But it was great because my writers were, goddamn it, 'interacting' with me! And I discovered there were natural phases to the writing of a novel, that the writing of novels is actually a pretty consistent experience and that when you understand it, you can be kinder and more patient with yourself and fret less. Writing with The Novelry is happy writing.

Now there are quite a few of us.

Some of our members are published authors and some are aspiring. Our members are journalists, critics, lawyers, doctors, creatives, and professional mums on maternity leave. You can read their real-life testimonials here.

The course is more 'reality' show than textbook, like watching a plumber fix a leak rather than reading a guidebook on the subject. (It's beautiful inside design-wise and content.) The course can be started anytime. We have 'fabulous darling' reviews from our users at our Facebook page. 

The Novelry works. You can have a day job, feed the kids, and write a novel, and you should. 

Why me?

I've been published internationally by Simon & Schuster and Penguin and others and reviewed worldwide by most publications some of which are below. I've taught novel and short story writing for The Arvon Foundation and spoken at many festivals and on BBC TV and BBC Radio amongst others. My first passion is writing, my second is teaching. Because I know writing is something you learn, and I know that you never stop learning. Every novel is new.


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