The Finished Novel Course
Develop creative writing skills and awareness of approaches to writing towards becoming a professionally published author.
Progress and hone sophisticated writing skills in at least one genre of fiction, engage in critiquing and reviewing works of fiction to an advanced level and prepare a substantial piece of work to a professional standard.
Practical and professional skills are taught throughout the program in a cumulative way. You will be producing potentially publishable creative work and our professional assistance and assessment will gauge and develop your work’s position in the fiction landscape and its potential for submission to our literary agency partners.
You can take each course, lesson-by-lesson, at your own pace and the course allows for pauses and breaks during your year with us. Review the suggested time allocations by course below.
The Classic Course:
55 lessons. Develop advanced storytelling skills to build the world of your novel and prepare your novel outline. Create your unique story idea using the secrets of the all-time classic fiction bestsellers, find out how authors come up with their ideas, begin the story-planning process, discover the most powerful ingredients to world-building, understand the motivations of readers, and prepare your writing plan. Includes a course certificate. Take the lessons at your own pace. One lesson a day, 20-30 minutes plus allow time for exercises. Suggested - 2 months.
The Ninety Day Novel Course:
Over 100 lessons to guide you step-by-step day-by-day through writing your novel to 'The End'. In the first lessons of the Construction Phase, you will have time to evaluate and examine your proposed storyline from every angle to further develop your outline. You will be nudged to book a first call with the team to check your storyline plan before you put pen to paper so that you can write onwards with confidence. Includes a course certificate. Take the lessons consecutively, one lesson a day, and allow 20-30 minutes per lesson plus one hour a day for your writing. Suggested - 3 months.
The Big Edit Course:
50 lessons. Phase One - Turning Professional: discover what you need to do to raise your game to become a published author. (6 lessons). Phase Two - Storyline: plan the pitch-perfect storyline based on the story you found in your first draft, a complete re-boot for publishing success. (17 lessons). The Big Edit First Session: a working session with our editorial team to review your new story outline plan and agree the direction for revising your manuscript for success. Phase Three - Chapter & Verse: drilling down into the technical skills to deliver your story chapter by chapter, line by line. (14 lessons). Feedback - get feedback on your chapters from the best beta-readers at our members-only workshop and finesse your writing. Use any feedback calls included in your plan to get feedback on your work from our team. Phase Four - Submission: get ready to pitch your novel to literary agents. (10 lessons.) The Big Edit Second Session: submit your first 3 chapters, sample pitch letter and synopsis to our editorial team in advance of a full report and a 45-60 minute session to find out if you’re ready to have your work pitched to our literary agency partners. Includes a course certificate. Take the course at your own pace. Revise your novel in chunks of time 2-3 hours a session when you can, not necessarily daily. Suggested 2-6 months.
The Ultimate Manuscript Assessment:
Our in-house professional editorial team will assess your manuscript’s chances of publishing success and evaluate every aspect of your story and writing: from the overall narrative arc to each character, from pace and momentum to prose and dialogue and provide an in-depth report typically of 15-20 pages with a 45-minute Zoom session with your editor and a marked-up manuscript. For manuscripts of 100,000 words (with a pro-rata additional cost for manuscripts in excess of this standard word count.) Your UMA can be used within 2 years of purchase so long as you are a subscribed member. With a report and live video session recorded for you to keep.
The Writer’s Group:
(1) The Novelry Live. An online closed and secure social group for novelists open 24 hours a day worldwide with writers in every genre, every time zone, every stage and every age.
(2) Writing Classes. We offer a busy program of live group sessions by Zoom every week. Drop in to one of our Story Clinics for the opportunity to tackle any problems arising in your writing that week. Offered in time zones suitable for those from Los Angeles to Sydney. Join our regular weekly author tutor hosted Group Workshops by fiction genre: Crime, Historical Fiction, SFF, Children's Fiction, Young Adult fiction and more. Meet the Founder every month at Team Chat.
(3) Guest Sessions. Join us for sessions with global bestselling authors, literary agents and publishing professionals. Guest sessions are recorded to watch in your own time at your convenience. You can watch the library of recorded sessions in our Catch Up TV area.
Members have access to our Help & Support hub, Graduate Access extension plans and can book extra Paid Calls and Paid Feedback Calls with our team, and receive invitations to online and IRL events. Subscribed members are eligible for our Submission Service to literary agents.
6 Author Tutor Sessions of 30+ minutes live by Zoom to work on your storyline development with an author for creative development, direction, plot problems, motivation and troubleshooting. Schedule and reschedule at your convenience to support your writing. You will be guided on how to choose the author tutor for you in the Ninety Day Novel Course when your coaching begins and in most cases you will be able to work with the author of your choice. Coaching is available for all time zones. Calls are recorded for you to keep.
3 Feedback Sessions of 45+ minutes live by Zoom with an editor and written reports on your writing to 5000 words a time to improve your fiction writing and understand how well you’re communicating line by line. We suggest you use these calls during The Big Edit or on the second draft of your novel for maximum benefit, but you are welcome to use one for a ‘Voice Check’ with your Author Tutor during the writing of your first draft. Calls are recorded with reports for you to keep.
Literary Agency Submission:
Our Submission Service happens by invitation when your manuscript is considered ready for successful submission by our Editorial Team and our Course Director and Founder. We will give you our best advice to get your manuscript ready for successful submission based on your ambitions. We take no commission for the service. We will make a submissions plan with your agreement, recommend you to appropriate agencies, and we will keep you posted and informed as to feedback and next steps and guide you as to making the right choice for you and your career as a published author. Your success is very much at the heart of what we do and we want the best for you.
A Year's Access and Easy Extension:
Enjoy 365 days of access to your course, coaching and community. Take your time over the courses. You can easily extend your membership, and access to your courses and coaching thereafter with our Graduate Plans from £29.99 a month available to subscribed members in our Membership area. (You will receive a warning in advance of expiry.) So relax and enjoy happy writing!
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