The Advanced Creative Writing Course
Whether it's your second novel or your sixth, here's how to write your best story yet.
This is the course for writers serious who won't leave their next novel to chance.
Cut through doubt and establish a high-stakes story that allows you to achieve your ambitions, whether that's commercial sales figures, awards listings, or creative fulfilment. You'll gain absolute control of your story from the first moment you outline your structure and plot. Establish a strong theme that allows you to test the merit of every element of your story: from setting to casting, the secondary characters and the purpose of the sub-plot, you'll revel in some advanced techniques and tricks to bring places and people to life in deft, well-judged strokes. Choose the most effective treatment and perspective to tell your story, and drive a singular vision through your novel. Chapter by chapter, line by line, this course will enable you to give your most polished performance on the page ever. Make sure to pack the capsule novel course for the fast route to your place on the bestseller lists.
The Second Novel
Over 30 ‘insider’ lessons for writers.
Expert insights drawn from the works of famous contemporary novels will help you make bold and confident decisions. Plan, plot and write your best novel ever with ingenious resources. Use the tools, videos, and downloads to create a robust page-turner that hits the sweet spot of sales and creative satisfaction.
The Second Novel at a glance
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We'll take a mechanic's look under the bonnet of Pulitzer and Booker Prize-winning novels like The Secret History by Donna Tartt, The White Tiger by Aravind Adiga, Less by Andrew Sean Greer, Mrs Palfrey at The Claremont by Elizabeth Taylor, Sorrow and Bliss by Meg Mason, My Sister the Serial Killer by Oyinkan Braithwaite, Normal People by Sally Rooney, The Lonely Passion of Judith Hearne by Brian Moore, The Plot Against America by Philip Roth, The Great Gatsby by F.Scott Fitzgerald and many, many more to discover how the most famous contemporary novels work so that you can create yours.
What's in the course? Take a tour.
We'll start with you, the author, and make a plan for the book you'd really love to write. The course begins with guided consideration of your writing life so far, whether published or not, to ensure we have a solid base for success. The lessons are structured intuitively for developing your next novel step-by-step. We'll drill down into what you're uniquely placed to write to deliver a novel that draws on your super-strengths and captivates readers too.
Week 1: The Vital Organs
A story often begins with the Main Character poised on the brink of a life-changing crisis. Find out how ensuring they are not superficially like you, allows you the author to use aspects of your experience more freely. Look for the concealed part of you and dig there. Know the Big Question the reader is reading to find out. Create a credible Setting with just five core components to establish a sense of place. Formulate a Theme with a positive and negative pole and use it to organise your story. Consider the Narrative Perspective best for telling your story. Who's left standing? What axe does your narrator have to grind? From what time and place are they telling this story and why? Start working on Story Structure with examples from the works of Patrick Rothfuss, Liane Moriarty, Daphne Du Maurier, Oyinkan Braithwaite, Meg Rosoff, Mark Haddon and more. (7 lessons)
Week 2: The Working Plan.
We'll outline an exciting Plot and begin Casting to ensure you have a story packing action and drama. Our plotting begins with the Character Arc for your hero, and is often usefully driven by conflict. What the main character wants is not what they need, and we'll put in place the principles to organise the polarities of your theme. We'll show you how the Advance/Block and Peek-a-Boo techniques that can help you construct a plot that's articulated by the Midpoint. Discover the Four Personality Types for casting our principal players. You'll want to cover these bases and ensure you have a north point on the moral compass for the reader. Consider the best Treatment for your story, why the first person tends to lend itself to stories about exceptional people and the third person tends to deal with exceptional situations. Write The Plan for your novel with all the key prime movers on one page and go from stage to page trialling the choices you have made to serve your story. (7 lessons)
Your Course Director.
Louise Dean, Booker-listed author of four novels published worldwide.
Louise Dean has won The Society of Authors Betty Trask Prize, was winner of Le Prince Maurice, a finalist for the Guardian First Book Award, and the Costa Coffee Books Short Story Award, and longlisted for The Dublin International Literary Prize and The Booker Prize. Her last novel was an Oprah Book of the Week and she has been praised as a writer by the Wall Street Journal and many other titles and by the Nobel Laureate for Literature J.M. Coetzee.
Week 3: The Depth Chargers.
We'll take absolute control of the material to flesh out and pace the plot, adding the Second Character and sub-plot or B Story. First, we're going to reveal the true nature of your main character by pushing them to extremes in No More Playacting. Until now, they've been engaged in a charade. We're going to find out who they are and what they need with a plot (and players) stacked against them in the first half of your novel. We'll create the role played by the agent provocateur, the Second Character in exposing our hero. We'll look at the way their long-seated wound organises their life and get them to come clean. We'll look at the way the B Story accelerates their progress towards change and amplifies your theme. We'll widen the casting to include minor players who serve the theme of your story, unreliably and credibly and we'll show you how their monomaniacal thinking, perhaps counterintuitively, gives them dimension. (7 lessons)
Week 4: Magic and Mastery.
Ever wished you could have an outline for the logic path of a brilliant chapter, blow-by-blow? Discover the preferred chaptering formats of authors from Agatha Christie to Sally Rooney with The Bullet-proof Chapter. Dive into Opening the Story with economy and style. Raise your game and save yourself an edit with the lesson Cut to help you keep your writing lively, bold and on point. Discover some advanced craft magic tricks from great authors. These unique insights, and sleights of hand, will have keep readers glued to your pages. (8 lessons)
Explore bonus content with guidance on what to write, and what not to write and matters of cultural appropriation, and career advice from our publishing editors and author tutors. You'll enjoy bonus recorded video lessons from your course companion, bestselling author Kate Riordan as she takes the course to write her next novel.
Enjoy the members' community and writing classes with bestselling authors.
Join us optionally as a member, and you'll enjoy the support of our community and be able to drop into author guest sessions to hear more about their writing process and career and reassure yourself that every writer has their ups and downs and writes a few drafts to achieve their success!
Explore our library of writing classes.
Watch recorded writing classes with bestselling authors at our Catch Up TV area for member writers. We offer a phenomenal selection of resources for writers of every genre of fiction and memoir. Join the special group for published authors and write in good company!
Join us as a member to qualify for feedback on your work with paid sessions with our professional publishing editorial team. We're connected to leading literary agencies worldwide and can bring you up-to-date advice and pointers to ensure you're on the right track for the current publishing market.
Connected to Literary Agents.
If you don't yet have an agent, we can help. The Novelry is the creative writing course partnered with leading literary agencies in the USA, the UK operating worldwide representing the biggest names in fiction. They look forward to receiving The Novelry's graduates' manuscripts through our carefully managed submissions service.
You’re just a few steps away from your best book yet!
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Simply choose the level of support and guidance you'd like to accompany your course. All courses, coaching and community are yours for 12 months, after which it's easy and affordable to extend access should you need it.
If you would like our full support and an author co-pilot with six coaching sessions to stay on track we suggest The Second Novel Plan.
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Where the writers are.
“Invaluable. A big eye-opener. I’ve done many writing courses, many of which rely heavily on the workshopping method. The Novelry's Novel Course offers far more. It combines structured ‘how-to’, teaching, including textual analysis of works by great writers, coaching and one-to-one tutor contact including individualised feedback on problems, writing etc, all in one package and all available as you write your novel. I'm the author of over 170 books. The Novelry picked me up with I was floundering, gave me direction, gave me a safe place, and gave me permission to find my own magic.”
—Candice Ransom, published author
“I thoroughly enjoyed having a process to follow so that it didn’t feel like I was doing it alone. 70k in 4 months and it felt really easy getting the complete story told.”
—Kate Gunn, published author
“Utterly brilliant. Life-changing, in fact. The course, the community and the guide, are the best things that have ever happened to the writer in me. If you’re serious about writing a novel, don’t let it roll about for 10 years. Write it in a season, while it’s fresh and you’re on fire.”
—Rashmi Sirdeshpande, published author
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