Writing Course Reviews.
When you're choosing a writing course, make sure to read the writer reviews before signing up. Look for these things:
1. A substantial number of rave reviews from real people not ashamed to give their names.
2. Published author tutors who have had some success with awards, book club nominations or bestsellers.
3. One-to-one tuition that is focussed on your story and your writing, not just downloads of pdfs, or a course that asks you to spend your precious time 'workshopping' and reading other writers' work!
4. An onward path towards getting published guided by Big Five publishing professionals with links to literary agencies.
5. An inspiring writers group with famous names for live author classes and a kindly and encouraging ethos.
“I didn’t think I had a story in me. I now have a 90,000-word first draft that I can actually see becoming a book some day. The course delivers on its promise and more. The daily lessons helped me establish a writing practice; the sense of belonging to the community made me feel less alone, and my meetings with my mentor helped me breathe life into my story. It was pure joy.” Lesley Erickson.
“Exciting, stimulating and life-changing.”
“Yes, yes, yes! The course makes you search your mind and feelings, and reveals the mental worlds of some of our greatest writers. Most writing courses I have learned about seem to focus on punctuation, presentation and pleasing agents. I cannot recommend it more highly.” Elizabeth Holley.
“It has changed my life.”
“I have been a binge writer for over thirty years, committing thousands and thousands of words to projects I never saw through. Then I found The Novelry. WOW, a cornucopia of thought-provoking sessions and exercises that stretched me beyond my comfort zone and resulted in a first draft I never thought I'd ever be able to write. And, just as predicted, I really did quickly start to come to my writing with confidence and joy. It has changed my life because now I really do see myself as a writer and I am eternally thankful that I found the Novelry.” Lucy Barker.
“A tremendous breakthrough.”
“I completed my first draft, 83,000 words, this morning! Each step of the process was fascinating to me, and I enjoyed it immensely. I learned to trust myself and the process and keep writing, which was a tremendous breakthrough for me! I began with the Classic course, and would recommend both together for anyone who wants to write a novel. I rediscovered the joy of writing with this course and am grateful for the experience.” Amy Landisman.
“I learned a method to approach the job at hand and to understand that finding it vast and daunting is part of the process. The Ninety Day Novel course helps you mine your own mind, unearth the spark of imagination you need to start writing and the skills and ideas and understanding required to keep writing.” Philip Meeks.
“It is the best course I have ever done.”
“It has been an absolute pleasure from start to finish. I loved establishing the daily routine. I found the course material very stimulating and thought-provoking. Loved reading the recommended books. Loved the online workshops. I felt supported. I finished my novel. To anyone thinking of signing up, do it. It has been such a positive, enriching and productive experience for me and I have achieved more in these 90 days than in many years before.” Carla Jenkins.
“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. DO THIS COURSE! I challenge you not to fall in love with it.” Rashmi Sirdeshpande, UK.
“It’s been a life-giving, powerful experience, and I cannot shut up about it.”
“If you are thinking of signing up, don’t think twice. It’s one of the best decisions I have ever made. After six years of labouring on my book, I ended up with a first draft and a story that still blows my mind when I think about it. My tutor is not only an expert on the craft of writing, she is also incredibly smart, witty, creative and an absolute joy to work with. Her feedback was honest, yet always supportive. The Novelry is my favourite place on the internet, and I think it might become yours too.” Anna Verena Brandt, Norway.
“Life-changing. Game-changing. Me-changing.”
“I learned to write with joy and conviction, without censoring or second guessing myself. The course keeps you accountable and constantly moving forward. You don’t feel like you have to compete with others. Someone else’s success does not steal bread from your mouth but rather shows you where the bakery is. It delivers so much more than you ever hoped for. Not just a novel in ninety days but the belief that there is so much to come when the ninety days is up. The whole experience has been life affirming and life changing.” Alex Ireson, UK.
“For me, this has been a game-changer..”
“This experience woke me up inside. It gave me something to look forward to in the lonely world of writing. It changed my life and there is no going back. That is what Novelry gave me. Some direction. I would recommend The Novelry 100%. Because it works.” Laura Krohn, USA.
“Life-Changing for me.”
“The Novelry is truly one of a kind. Having a strong community to fall back on and personal one on ones with people that have been through the entire process from start to publish, have been so invaluable. Having someone to talk to about places I am stuck and having a group of people I can check in daily with is also wonderful! I'm so happy to have discovered this course! It has been life-changing in so many ways.” Amy Lentz, USA.
“I already had an MFA in creative writing; I thought I should be able write a novel by myself. This course - with its combination of support, advice, and community - taught me so much about the novel form while I wrote one of my own. From this course I am taking a number of habits that I can't imagine not having in the future.” Jeff Becker, USA,
“A fabulous experience!”
“The expertise and care of the tutors and the welcoming attitude of the other writers combined with lessons on craft make for a winning team. The positive, gentle coaching along with the expertise of the team, the superb lessons and the help of other writers means you are not alone and you just trust the process and do the work.” Carol Sanders, USA.
“I finished my first draft!”
“Taking the course at The Novelry goes beyond just learning the craft of story-telling. It provides you with access to writers who truly understand and are very generous with their own experiences with the process and introduces you into a community of writers who are all at different parts of the writing process, allowing you to see first-hand the possible journeys you as a writer may take.” Karina Bahrin, Malaysia.
“Breathtaking. All I can say is thank you.”
“The course has given me the discipline and willpower to write each and every day, focusing on one chapter, one passage, one word at a time. What's more, it's taught me that writing isn't work - it's a part of me. It's helped me to hone and sharpen my craft. It's given me drive and purpose. Most importantly, it's helped me to rediscover my passion. The course has given me focus and ambition. If it can do that for me, it can do it for anyone and everyone!” Connor Smith, UK.
“Writers with ambition to hone their work to its best quality will find it a godsend.”
“This is a quality course, with both practical writing advice and deeper insights into the author's process. The support given is invaluable. The care and support I've received are second to none. I think the invaluable combination for me was the daily writing/reading and check-ins with the lessons to urge me forward. I also feel a forward momentum towards honing for submission (after the editing, of course!)-- again with caring guidance and support. I simply "feel" more like a writer. I'm so glad I found The Novelry. It feels like home.” Ruth Barrett, Canada.
“The confidence to take my novel to the next level.”
“Whether by chance or design, I completed my novel on the 90th day after beginning the course. Without this course I have no doubt the work would be significantly poorer, and only half completed. The course has an uncanny ability to provide material at the precise moment roadblocks and concerns emerge in the writing. The course is not only full of great writing advice, it delivers not just theory but a real novel at the end of it.” Geoff Parkes, Australia.
“A fantastic mentor whose encouragement has been absolutely brilliant.”
“Taking the Ninety Day novel writing course with The Novelry course has been genuinely transformative for me. The course is encouraging, brilliantly conceived, the daily lessons forge good habits, and I completed my first draft on time, surprised myself that I could rise early every single day to write, and genuinely looked forward to the daily lessons. I would recommend it to all fledgeling novelists!” Judith Wilson, London.
“The Novelry has been the best thing I decided to do for myself this year.”
“The course as well as the fabulously inspiring and upbeat tutor kept me inspired and motivated and most of all allowed me to believe in myself as a writer. At the end of the course I have a full first draft of my novel and an exceptional kit of writer’s tools going forwards.” Erika Banerji, London.
“It's been ninety amazing days.”
“I always knew I could rely on The Novelry and/or our online community for support as well as practical tips on how to get re-energised and writing again. Above all the ninety days have got me into a good routine of carving out that all-important writing hour. I will definitely take this with me into the future - after all, it's helped me begin the first draft of a novel I'd been wanting to write for the past thirty years!” Jackie Mendoza, Brighton.
“I've tried many courses and this is the only one that has given me a novel (that has won awards!) It is probably the greatest investment of time and money I have ever made.”
“I have been thinking about, or trying to write, a novel, for most of my adult life. I have never got beyond the all or nothing approach: leave a job, write all day, earn nothing, fail, give it up for a year or six, dream, start again. I have never managed to make it a regular part of my life until now. I would encourage anyone who wants to write a book to try The Novelry.” Louise Tucker, UK.
“The Novelry has changed my life and given me license to be a writer.”
“The Novelry has exceeded every expectation I had. It has taught me the discipline and the craft of writing and persevering, it has opened my eyes to writing techniques I was not conscious of, and it has made the whole process of writing with all its accompanying self-doubt less lonely and more bearable. I started on this course knowing that I had to do something, just anything, to kick-start my writing, and I never expected it to be this fabulous and life-changing.” Elena Cheah, Berlin.
“The Novelry is unlike any other writing course.”
“Yes it is disciplined, the content is great and the standard of teaching, high. But the magic is that there is a kindness here that makes you want to get up and bring your best self to the page every day.” Vanessa Zampiga, UK.
“I have wonderful support in our one-on-ones - they are like giant, virtual hugs.”
“The lessons are extremely fun and engaging, as is the community built around them. My tutor always seems to get me ‘unstuck’ with her advice and suggestions. The formula she’s created to get your novel onto the page is a simple one, and if followed, it really works. If you have a novel in you that’s trying to get out, I highly recommend The Novelry.” Lauren Vosbein, USA.
“The Novelry is a thoughtfully structured course that provides excellent support. The advice comes from a place of experience and heart. I have come further with this new manuscript in the past two months than I would have thought possible.” Alison Powell, UK.
“I wrote a first draft. Still can’t believe it. Realizing that I could find an hour a day to write, and that a novel can be built in 90 days, was empowering. I have gained confidence in writing. I feel so happy to be writing again and doing something for myself. I feel I have a new support network. I wish I’d done it ages ago and I’d like to spread the love! I’m proud to be part of this incredible community of writers.” Lucy Coles, UK.
“It really is the best thing I’ve done for my novel.”
“I began with an idea in mind, but watching that idea evolve and take its life into its own hands has been a mystical experience to say the least. This course is just as much about the personal experience of the writing as it is about the novel itself, and that’s something new for me, and the crucial difference between this and other courses. It’s a personal exploration as well, and the course is as much about that as it is about craft (which it is also very much about!)” Andrea Holck, UK.
“The Ninety Day Novel course went far beyond being the top-rated, novel-writing ‘course’. It’s a course, as in life-altering."
“The ninety-day concept and the daily drip ensured that I showed up every single day. And I did. Best of all, I looked forward to it. As a first-time fiction writer, it's given me confidence that I can be a novelist.” Noel Gama, India.
“You will work hard, but have fun.”
“Satisfaction and 90,000+ words! First, it is a lot of fun. Second, it provides a blueprint and a structure on how to get the novel written. Third, it isn’t a grind. There is encouragement to finish, but this isn’t like boot camp where you are thrashed until you are done. And at the end, there is that first draft of the novel you always wanted to write.” Walter Smith, USA.
“The support is amazing, and the insights phenomenal.”
“I highly recommend The Novelry! It has stopped my procrastination (in this it has been worth every cent). Plus, I feel it has given me permission to take myself seriously as a writer. It has been exactly what I’ve needed.” Marg Scown, Australia.
“I love The Novelry.”
“Having a first draft under my belt now is a wonderful thing. I recommend the Ninety Day Novel course highly - for the high quality of instruction, for its practical focus, and for its inspiring, nurturing environment (coupled with healthy doses of fun and humor). If you’re serious about writing (and finishing!) your novel, this is the one for you. It’s given me the tools I needed to finish a first draft and move my work forward. I feel much more confident about the whole writing enterprise now!” Anna Hewitt, USA.
“A wonderful course!”
“I have loved every minute of it. You gave me permission to write and the tools to do it. Thank you! After mulling my novel idea over in my head (and occasionally on paper) over the previous six years, I am finally writing it. I have a finished first draft and a plan to go forward. The support of Louise and the other writers, makes the whole process so enjoyable.” Ruth Husain, UK.
“The Ninety Day Novel course has given me the knowledge, inspiration and support I need to put pen to paper day after day.”
“I didn't know where or how to begin writing a novel when I began the course. But I knew I had a story inside me. And being part of a community of writers has been absolutely amazing. The video diaries from Louise were fantastic as they gave me the practical knowledge I needed every step of the way. I’ve now written over two thirds of my book and am racing towards the finishing line! If you’re serious about writing a novel and getting published I can’t recommend The Novelry enough.” Myfanwy Milward, UK.
“Louise Dean has created something quite extraordinary.”
“A dynamic, online writing course that engages the head and the heart, builds community, and helps this easily distracted writer stay on course.” Shelley Motz, Canada.
“I highly recommend”
“If you love writing, The Novelry course helps you immerse yourself in your imaginary world. It provides you with the tools, structure and guidance to capture your ideas and translate them into a book readers will pick up. The Novelry welcomed me into a wonderful community where you can share work and give and receive feedback. The one-to-one tutoring provided me with a much needed confidence boost and gave me a plan. The Novelry works relentlessly to provide opportunities to showcase work whether it is competitions or the chance of a VIP fast track to the top of her partner agents’ submission piles.” Emily Grice, UK.
“Your advice comes from real talent and experience.”
“With The Novelry you have personal guidance from a successful published author. There is a huge amount of very helpful material coming daily from this site. This is a course that will get you writing every day.” Linda Griffin, Dublin.
“It’s honest and supportive.”
“I recommend this course to every writer who has ever struggled to just get on with it. There is a deep understanding of those everyday issues that can make a beginning novelist feel they aren’t cut out for it. The truth is that many successful novelists have experienced the same issues and this course not only addresses the writing itself, but the many things that can hold back the beginning novelist back.” Jacqui Putnam, UK.
“The Novelry has given a huge boost to my writing.”
“From encouraging me to taking myself seriously as a writer to helping me extract my novel out of my head and onto the page. It is a course that provides nourishment for writers - that intriguing combination of support, motivation and inspiration which allows every fragile, self-doubting writer to fly.” Hannah Dolby, UK.
“Before The Novelry, I didn't believe in myself.”
“Before The Novelry, I must have started writing six or seven novels. I abandoned them all. I didn’t believe in myself, I could not focus my thoughts, and I second-guessed every decision I made, even in the first draft. The Novelry has taught me the value of patience and giving myself a break. She’s taught me how to plot, plan, and make use of every eureka moment I have during my first draft. And she’s introduced me to other writers and made my journey less lonely. Thank you.” Adam Langley, UK.
“The Novelry has literally saved my life.”
“For the first time I feel like I can write and complete and publish a novel and it’s not some desperate pipe dream. The Novelry is not just a warm community of writers helping writers, but also a very detailed, informative, step by step (and I mean that literally) guide to writing a novel from start to finish. And it works! So wherever you are in your writing process, whether your a plotter or a pantser, there’s more than enough material in this course to get you through your writing process right to the very end.” Ngozi Amadi, Nigeria.
“I can't recommend The Novelry highly enough.”
“After getting a publishing deal for my debut novel, I found myself feeling burnt out and uncertain which of my novel ideas to pursue next. I needed to shake my writing process up and put the fun and joy back into it. I needed to allow myself to be imperfect again, after a long process of fine-tuning my previous novel. A month into the Ninety Day Plan and I am back in love with writing! So for anyone thinking of taking the plunge - do it! Louise is a fantastic guide and teacher and she really has brought something new to the creative writing course scene.” Tracey Emerson, UK.
“I know it sounds a bit crazy but doing this course really has changed my life.”
“It’s given me the confidence to get on and do what I’ve always wanted to do. I am so pleased I did this course; it really is one of the best decisions I have ever made. I have completed the first draft of a novel. I cannot recommend this course highly enough. The daily lessons brim with enthusiasm, knowledge, and years of experience. Louise shares her own writing journey throughout the ninety days, which makes this a really special course. If you want to write a novel then sign up, follow the course, and you will get it done.” Jo Martin, UK.
“It’s an amazing resource for an aspiring writer to ‘belong’ to something like The Novelry.”
“I came to this course with one, finished, novel. I was unsure if it was of any value, and no-one had read it. I took a chance, and started something completely new, finding a new genre and a completely new direction. Even if I am never published, I now value what I write.” David Eastwood, UK.
“For anyone who loves writing or perhaps wants to give it a go, this is the course for you. Compared to many writing courses, it’s great value - and it works! For the first time ever, I have a first draft of 72,000 words in my hands. And, just as good, I have a group of clever, funny people that I can write alongside. There’s no feeling like getting up each day and feeling the ideas come to you as fast as you can get them on the page.” Jane Tingle, UK.
“This course absolutely grabs you by the horns and gives you permission to write.”
“The Novelry has planted the seeds to a new way of life for me. I would still be talking about my book now if it wasn’t for The Novelry and the whole support network of the members. It’s happening. I am even referring to myself as a writer now. No quote marks required!” Niki Hamilton, UK.
“It works! I wrote a first draft of nearly 70,000 words!”
“And it’s a usable first draft, with a solid structure and theme that I can build on. Knowing there was new material every day really encouraged me to show up daily and to produce work. I have a great sense of achievement. I’m a great believer in instant gratification, and this course gets you producing work straight away. No stopping to edit for critique like on more formal courses, and no need to spend time critiquing others until you are ready to. Just a wonderful smooth and steady progress towards producing your own work.” Cate Guthleben, UK.
“Joining The Novelry was just the move I needed to make.”
“It provides quick clear guidance and confidence to actually get on with what you promised yourself you would do. Write a book. Your tutor has been there and done that, and she knows what you are experiencing every step of the way. It’s like writing with your own little group of supportive fans who are behind you all the way. If you need that push to get going, ‘The Ninety Day Novel’ is a great step to take.” David Hogarth, UK.
“I’m so glad I found the Ninety Day Novel course, it was exactly what I needed to enable me to stay motivated and get my novel finished.”
“I love the daily posts and it’s interesting watching an established author such as Louise going through the process of getting her next novel down at the same time as her students. With The Novelry, you get a fabulous tutor, mentor and friend all in one, and I’d highly recommend anyone struggling to get their novel finished to check out the course.” Janice Cumberlidge, UK.
“Best writing course ever!”
“The course itself offers advice and guidance that is practical, down to earth and based on solid research and experience. I have learnt so much about myself as a writer in the last few months and gained so much in confidence. Cannot praise The Novelry highly enough. I looked forward to seeing the posts each day and they not only offered great advice and steps to follow but reminded me that I’m a writer who writes... daily. This course has made me really think about what I want to achieve with this book and has given me the confidence to stretch myself far more than I thought possible.” Sara Bailey, UK.
“A tremendous asset to me.”
“The Novelry has been a tremendous asset to me as I embark on writing my first novel. The teaching is warm, engaging and relevant and having the support of the other members really makes you feel part of a writing community.” Vicki Clark, UK.
“I've never quite taken a course like this.”
'You look at award-winning novels with a fine-toothed comb, and compare them to what you're doing. How did the writer accomplish that? How can I accomplish it? It requires you to step up to the plate, to take a hard look at what you're doing. Are you serious about this? Are you going to work for it? Also, the course allows you to decide, for yourself, what kind of writer you'll be. It gives you permission to be yourself. And, of course, support is always there, which is immensely comforting." Elissa Elliott, USA.
“Quickest I've ever written first draft!”
“I've learned so much since taking the course that I can't recommend it highly enough. You will get your first draft written and you will enjoy the experience, knowing many others are on the journey with you.” Mike Gill, UK.
“It's the first course I've seen, where there is such a structure to support and motivate you on your writing journey.”
“I learned the structure to enable me to establish a writing routine, that I had never managed before. And the daily lessons provided tools, guidance, inspiration, fun, and a daily reminder of what I was trying to achieve.” Jacquie Morrison, France
“One of the best things I have ever done for myself.”
“I have written a novel! The best money I have ever spent!” Allison Kimsey, Australia.
“A program that will fit writing into your life.”
“It is simple, fun and educational. Her tech is top notch, which makes a big difference to me. I look forward to doing the lessons every morning. Best of all, the focus is entirely on writing your novel, with great support and entertainment.” Kelly O’Connor, USA.
“it made the process of writing a first draft seem so much more manageable.”
“I was always intimidated by the thought of writing a novel, but The Novelry's Ninety Day course made it a much more manageable , and dare I say enjoyable, process that I ever imagined.” Keith McGuiness UK.
“This journey is first class travel.”
“Your travel companions become your kinfolk. The surroundings are plush and beautifully designed. The view every morning is new, your energy is high, you travel fast, trust the voyage to reveal what it needs to and leave behind the voices that have held you back. I managed to leave the inner critic behind very early in the process.” Sam Hudson, UK.
“ I am a different writer now.”
“I have done the Ninety Day Novel Course and now The Classic Course and I can honestly say that I am a different writer now than I was prior to doing these courses. The founder willingly shares her own wisdom together with many truths from other successful authors. More than a writing course this is a course on how to enrich your life by really seeing what is in front of your eyes. And once Louise shows you how to see it you can never unsee it.” Trisha Smith, South Africa.
“It's the best thing I've found on writing so far.”
“Having a daily lesson was great - something to look forward to. Combined with the exposure to the writing of so many brilliant authors and huge insight into writing techniques. (I would like to quietly weep now that it is over.)” Silvia Cassini, France.
“I'd recommend the Classic course at The Novelry. Reading familiar and new classic books with a focus on style and content made me think about my own style of prose and how I could look at improving it. I have already made changes to the novel. I have come away from this course with a renewed vigour and excitement about my novel.” Hemmie Martin, UK.
“The Classic course has given me more than I ever thought it could.”
“There were several points of the course that unlocked something or gave me an incredible high-five moment! This course has taken my idea from a single thought to a fully-formed concept, and something that I wholeheartedly want to pursue.” Sophie Taylor.
“The Classic course reminds you of why you loved stories and why you want to write them.”
“I found the details about the writers of the Classics, both their work and their lives, very interesting and inspiring. The 'gentle journey' of the course fooled me into thinking I was just ambling along when at the end I realised I had a lot more written and developed than I thought I had. I would recommend the Classic course to others especially people new to writing or writing for children as it is so accessible and interesting and really nicely presented.” Marisa Mahoney.
“I loved the Classic course.”
“It opened up a new world for me.It opened up a new world for me. I am not uneducated but I lacked so much knowledge in many things pertinent to understanding writing. This course made me think and some lessons would take me several hours of research. If you love reading and wonderment you will love this course.” Esther Barton, Australia.
“The Classic course is rich with inspiration and guidance.”
“ A great course to explore if you want to write any type of story, especially if you don't yet have a developed idea or concept. I have a notebook full of notes and plans, and a clear idea of how to move forward with my writing. This is not a watered down, lightweight course on writing a classic. It is rich with inspiration and guidance that will help you create a plot and process to write your story.” Amy Landisman, USA.
“Loved it. Truly. Can't thank you enough.”
“I have completed a first draft. Before joining, I had many small pieces of writing and had taken other courses so had some techniques, but no way of writing a coherent piece all the way through. The Ninety Day Novel course at The Novelry has a structure and discipline that other courses do not.” Anne Dorst.
“Louise does a wonderful job of holding our hand and pulling us along the way with The Ninety Day Novel course. I am satisfied against all expectations; it is better than expected. Bravo et merci, Louise!” Cecilia De Siebenthal, Switzerland
“The Classic Course is an opportunity for growth.”
“It has been an inspiring rollercoaster ride. My brain has been transformed into a melting pot of ideas, which I am going to keep stirring!” Martin Forsyth.
“A fantastic experience.”
“This is a fantastic experience for those who have previously studied writing and have an idea for a novel in mind. I have tools to plot and structure, and an understanding of how to develop characters, and the necessity of an action-driven plot. Recommended.” Vera Andrew.
“The discipline to write, the belief I can be published.”
“I have found no other course that takes the time to go on your writing journey with you in such a way that you feel as if you have a writing partner in the room with you, giving you support, in-depth writing lessons, and an all-encompassing environment that helps you find your literary home.” Joseph Greenberg, USA.
“If you want to feel immersed in the world of writing, there is no better place than The Novelry.”
“I loved the video blogs from Louise, which made me feel I wasn't making this journey alone. I loved the hero books, which gave me something to study and aspire to write in a similar vein. There was so much I loved about the Ninety Day Novel course. If you want to feel immersed in the world of writing, where friendly support, advice, and knowledge is available, then there is no better place than The Novelry.” Hemmie Martin.
“The Novelry demystifies the process of writing a novel.”
“Confidence, a sense of achievement, feeling able to take time for me! I have finished a first draft with an increased love of writing. I enjoyed the tutor chats, lessons that helped create a writing routine, the careful consideration of great authors' work. Thank you so much, this is the best thing I have done in a while.” Anna Gifford.
“I'd absolutely recommend it.”
“I have much more confidence that I could actually write this, finish it, edit it and even try to get it published. I read a lot of books! And it was a bit like taking a course on reading a novel at the same time, which I enjoyed. I overcame my fear of dialogue because I could not avoid writing it for 90 days! have a morning writing habit, I have changed the way I think about a book and how it works. It's great motivation and full of things to think about.” Juliana Adelman.
“Five Stars for the Classic course.”
“The Classic course is like going to ground zero and building up. To anyone who wishes to write a novel, this starts you planning in a more constructive way. I developed three plot ideas from the course and began running with one, but there were so many points of inspiration that I know I will revisit the others.” Justine Gilbert, USA.
“Excellent for getting you motivated to finish your novel and providing a community.”
“A library of resources, a community of writers, a system of approaching writing a novel and a commitment to making it to the end. Five stars.” Sylvia Bluck.
“A fantastic journey.”
“It's a far cry from other on-line courses, in a good way. The founder, Louise, actually cares as she leads you down the journey she took; you can tell, and that makes a difference. I received an immense amount of understanding about where my story came from, and a good amount about myself as a writer.” Michael Costner.
“Confidence to write my novel.”
“I found the Classic course really inspiring. I've come up with an idea that I love and have an outline for my novel as well as planning on chapters, characters and the way my magical world works.” Alexandra Webber.
“Thank you - for inspiring me and making me truly believe I can do it.”
“Inspiration and self reflection. I've learnt a lot about why I want to write and how to change that from an abstract concept to a real plan. I would recommend the Classic course to anyone who has tried to write before and got stuck with where to go but also someone who has a grand idea about being a writer (cough, cough) and needs some help to put it into practice.” Beth Keane.
“A fantastic trip down the rabbit hole to explore the inner workings of classic fiction.”
“A clear structure and inspiration for ideas. A really good insight into how classic stories are told - a look under the hood. The Classic course works well within a busy working life and was a positive and enjoyable process.” Joshua Getty.
“Makes you feel sorry for people who don't write!”
“I stumbled across The Novelry at a time when I felt like giving up on my writing. Something was not working and I didn't know what. Over 90 days I discovered how many silly, quite obvious really, mistakes I was making over and over again. All brilliant lessons that I can't now unlearn.” Alison Bloomer.
“It has turned a dream into a potential reality.”
“I started the Classic course with a fledgeling idea and have now completed it with a much clearer idea of how to structure the plot, set the pace and how to character build much more deeply. I couldn't wait to get to the next lesson. Which generally just blew my mind with new thinking, new ideas which in turn fed my own. The course has been full of Aha and Wow moments and I am so very thankful I had the opportunity to sign up with The Novelry to begin my writing journey. The Classic course really was a wonderland for me.” Deborah Forbes.
“The Classic course was mind-blowing.”
“I came to the course with an idea for my story, actually a first draft. The Classic course enriched this idea immensely. The last bit was amazing - seeing how authors have sat on the shoulders of giants.” Matti Hicks.
“I didn't think I could do this, now I know that I can.”
“ I loved the structure of the Classic course - easy to digest lessons which helped me establish an (almost) daily showing-up-for-writing routine. The sheer wealth and heart of knowledge contained offers a path that informs and reassures a novice writer.” Debra J. Lee.
“Enlightening! Five stars.”
“A better understanding of characterization, the ingredients, the climax and the end. I'd recommend the Classic course without hesitation. It's quite revealing because I acquired new skills. I discovered those that I have and ways to enhance them.” Assamala Seminet.
“A blueprint. And a method behind the art.”
“I learned to plot like a pro with the Classic course. I know other fantasy writers would lap this up. Five stars. A quest that ended successfully.” Anand Arungundram Mohan.
“Engaging, scary, wonderful.”
“The course is brilliantly put together, loads of content, can be done anywhere and at any time. It's so engaging, fun, and full of insights, and it's been put together in a very slick and touching way. I have grown immensely through this experience, not just my ability to craft a story, but in understanding myself better and how my own truth can come out on the page.” Ramsay Fox.
“A game-changer for me!”
“A TREMENDOUS amount of knowledge on how to write a book. I first took the Classic course which is brilliant and well-executed with each lesson building on the last. Having a mentor is amazing, not just a friend who writes but an established writer who has been in the trenches and knows what you are going through. I used to say 'I'm trying to write a book.' I just finished the 90 Day Novel course, and am close to finishing my first draft. It has taught me invaluable lessons that I will use for the rest of my writing career.” Trisha Schill.
“I wish I'd found it years ago.”
“It has been an incredible learning experience that got me writing when I didn't know where to start. I have an understanding how story works, knowing I can write every day, even on the worst days. I'm developing a belief that I can be a writer.” Maeve Henry.
“The best writing course I have ever taken by a long way.”
“It is informative, motivational, inspirational, educational, it will get you to the end of a novel even if you have no hope or faith in it, and you feel like you are among friends. It has given my writing life a reboot.” Victoria Bullimore.
“What does life changing mean? I could tell, about two weeks after starting the course that something within me was surfacing and getting stronger. I'm becoming a different person, a stronger person, because of this course, getting the story down. It was breathtaking in the best of ways. I'm still reeling.” Matti Hicks.
“A completed draft and a daily writing habit.”
“The course was my daily tutor, my constant encouragement, and my community. Thank you for helping me develop a daily writing habit and the completion of a full draft.” Rachel Davies.
“I have loved every second.”
“I, like my characters, ended up having epiphanies, moments of clarity, and I think it is largely due to how the course is set up and that the course does what it sets out to do. It is meant to provide you with both the big picture look and the detailed forest-for-the-trees look at your novel. It is set up in a way that slowly hands you the tools you need to create your work as you want. I have loved every second of writing and is largely due to the course and the way I was gently guided and encouraged.” Karen Melgar.
“I have a first draft of my novel!”
“It feels amazing to write that. And it's all due to the wonderful and fulfilling course and the community. The lessons are thought-provoking and insightful, and you really are in safe hands throughout. It has taken me from a plan of a story to an 80,000 word draft, and has been a thoroughly enjoyable experience.” Sophie Taylor.
“I have a first draft!”
“I couldn’t really start before this course - I needed this structure, inspiration & encouragement. The course inspires you to put words on a page if you think you might be a writer. I really liked connecting with my tutor, Emylia Hall, she had great insight into my story and what I wanted to do but couldn’t articulate and helped me stick to course fundamentals.” Nora Asbury.
“A very structured and supportive environment.”
“I have learned so much about the craft. I have always just dreamed of writing but never done anything about it. The course is structured in such a way that it really makes you think about how to develop your ideas. I found the back stories on the famous authors extremely interesting and realised that anyone can write a book given enough enthusiasm and passion to make it work. I feel fired up.” Sabby Sandhu.
“I’ve loved having The Novelry in my life.”
“The quality of your tuition is superb. I’ll always be grateful to you and feel proud of myself for studying your course and putting what I’ve learnt from you into practice. The Classic course is a fascinating journey and the pleasure to study at a standard I’ve not found elsewhere. I have a much clearer picture of what’s needed and know that when I get stuck, there’ll be somebody to help me.” Misia Smith.
“Inspiration and a plan.”
“I have taken quite a few courses on fiction writing and read hundreds of books. The material for the course was all new to me. I found it inspirational and practical. The resources given me I will use in my upcoming novel. Thanks, The Novelry.” Donald Royster.
“I loved the Classic course.”
“I just want to thank you for putting in the time and effort to create this beautiful course filled with so much knowledge and information on how some of the most important aspects of classical storytelling - and tying it all together. I learned not just about crafting a story, but so much more. It reminded me I am excited about being a writer. It inspired me to keep going!” Anne Clermont.
“It was all I hoped for an more. Thought-provoking content and finishing my first draft with the discipline to write every day.” Hazel Stephens.
“You'll feel like you belong.”
“The Classic course guides you step-by-step through the structure of the classic while engaging with your soul in a way that makes your imagination start to mature towards ideas that matter. I felt challenged while being championed at this budding stage and it was essential to building my confidence that yes - I can do this.” Amy Board.
“Don't delay! Start now.”
“An excellent way to inform yourself of the multiple layers and structures required to write a Classic novel (or, indeed, a book). It feels a little like Louise has brought us into her own Doctoral research on how a Classic should be lovingly put together. The breadth and scale of what she covers is so very wide and thought-provoking. Extremely useful and thoroughly enjoyable.” Catherine Logan.
“Everything is possible.”
“When they ask, what finally brought you back to the page. I'll tell them. It was The Novelry.” Jane Bower.
“I liked how the lessons seemed to magically solve the key issue I was facing at the scene I was working on at the moment. It was uncanny.” Anand Arungundram Mohan.
“Discovering The Novelry course was like finding the right path when you are lost on a walk! I have been mulling over a few story ideas for years now but never felt I was worthy to write it down and in all honesty had no idea where to start. When I found the Classic course and the other courses on The Novelry website, my heart started to thump louder in my chest as the possibilities became reality and I felt reassured that even new writers have a voice that should be heard. I have just finished the Classic Course, loved it, and now can't wait to get going on the Ninety Day Novel course!” Laura McFadden.
“One of the best investments I have made in my life.”
“So much positivity! For the first time in my writing life, there wasn't someone telling me what I was doing was wrong or that there was only one way to write a novel. I found a wealth and fountain of information and inspiration. The Founder showed me I meant something, gave me courage when I had none, and didn't have any doubt that I would succeed ” Anna Bartee.
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