Write a Book from Idea to The End
Every story starts with one sentence, what will yours be?
Everything you need to take your story from first draft to ‘The End’ – we’ll guide you every step of the way to write, edit and submit your novel to our leading literary agency partners for publication when it's ready.
The Book in a Year ®
Write a book to publishing standard with step-by-step support
If you’ve always wanted to write a book but don’t know where to start, or you're struggling to complete your book, and you want more direction and advice than you’ve been able to find online, this is the perfect writing course for you.
The Book in a Year is a guided creative writing course with uniquely practical daily lessons to inspire and inform your writing; a year’s worth of support from an author tutor of your choice in one-to-one mentoring sessions; weekly writing classes, live sessions with bestselling authors and a friendly community of fellow writers.
The year-long course is structured and carefully paced to take you from finding the inspiration for your story, strengthening the plot of a novel, writing the first draft and editing it into a book. The perfect package to keep you writing happy all year round.
Develop advanced storytelling skills
‘Books are a uniquely portable magic.’ Stephen King
Magic, according to the Cambridge Dictionary, is:
‘the use of special powers to make things happen that would usually be impossible, such as in stories...’
The creation of fiction requires an ‘unbroken series of successful gestures’ (F. Scott Fitzgerald The Great Gatsby). We will show you the combination of techniques to produce highly skilled writing, from our own narrative structure methodology The Five F's ® to our powerful prose method Lucid Compression ®.
A writer can make anything happen. We'll show you how.
The Course Created by an Award-Winning Author
Your courses were created by Louise Dean and the author and publishing editor team at The Novelry.
Louise was a finalist for the Costa Coffee 2020 Short Story Award. She has won The Society of Authors Betty Trask Prize, Le Prince Maurice Prize, been nominated for The Guardian First Book Prize, longlisted for the Dublin International Literary Award and The Booker Prize. Her books have been deemed the top books of their year by The Guardian, The Observer and Publishers Weekly. Her fourth novel was an Oprah Book Club pick. She has been widely praised as a writer from the Wall Street Journal to The Sunday Times and by the Novel Laureate for Literature J. M. Coetzee.
With step-by-step guidance
Enjoy videos and lessons that describe the novel-writing process from start to finish, guiding you daily. Wherever you are with your book, whether you're just starting to write or need to overhaul an old project and bring fresh life to your work in progress, Louise Dean deals with the practical issues of bringing a book to life and keeping the reader's attention in over 100 candid and practical classes for you to enjoy at your own pace. See inside the novel classes here.
Write Your Book with an Author Co-Pilot
Stay on track with personal coaching from our author tutors
In addition to the self-paced course materials, you'll get coaching to help you write your novel and stay on track.
You'll be able to choose your preferred tutor for your one-to-one video calls online. Schedule your sessions to fit in your life, and get dedicated support to complete your novel. Find out more about our bestselling author tutors here.
Expert Advice From Our Team of Industry Professionals
The Novelry' team of professional editors from the world's 'Big Five' publishing houses will work with you to ensure your finished manuscript is pitch-perfect. You're in safe hands.
Taking you from pitch to plot to pageturner, our editors understand what makes a spellbinding storyline. If you'd like to get published, you've come to the right place. We'll make a plan to get you there.
What's in the box?
One-to-one video sessions
A year's worth of inspiring writing lessons
The Big Idea
The Classic Course
The Novel Course
The Big Edit
The Finished Novel Course
Our most popular plan.
Our Creative Writing MFA or MA alternative. The intensive plan with comprehensive feedback as you write and a full read and assessment of your book from our editorial team at the end of your year. We will assess your idea before you put pen to paper so you can get off to a confident start. We'll help you develop the plot for literary and commercial success. You'll learn advanced writing techniques to write your first draft with daily course lessons and prompts. You'll get feedback on 20,000 words of your work from experts as you write and on the entire manuscript to 100,000 words when you're ready. Our editorial team will help you focus and invest your time wisely as you head toward a last draft. The Ultimate Manuscript Assessment leaves nothing to chance. We'll submit your finished novel to the world's leading literary agencies when it's ready. The choice for those wanting a career in fiction.
The Plan to Write Your Book
Sign up and start today
Get the fullest support from our most popular Book in a Year Plans here. Save up to 20% on the individual course prices and individual tutor and editor calls and feedback sessions when you purchase these smartly-bundled plans.
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The Book in a Year on a Budget
The affordable monthly payment plan with six working sessions.
We are a non-selective writing school for two reasons. First, we think you (as yet an undiscovered new voice) are worth hearing from. Writing is about storytelling, regardless of education or background and storytelling can be learned. Second, we know we can teach storytelling and how to write to a high standard. As a team, we have all made that journey.
So, we created a streamlined version of our Book in a Year Plan. You'll get the same good care as with any plan and you can always add extra paid tutor sessions at our booking page. Enjoy every phase of this magical year and make some new friends at our worldwide writing group. Start a new chapter of your life today.
We Grow Writers
With a personal author tutor, a friendly online community of fellow writers, and a team of in-house editors, at The Novelry you’ll find the support, guidance and advice you need to write a brilliant book.
Your Author Tutor
Your Literary Agent?
Your Writing Community
Your Success Story Starts Here
“Quite simply – brilliant.”
“Writing my debut novel, Fifty Minutes, whilst completing the course at The Novelry, was an intense experience but an absolutely pleasurable one. Louise Dean and her team are quite simply brilliant. The lessons and guidance I received were first class and helped me to develop as a writer. From the initial idea for my novel to the point of getting agent representation, The Novelry were on hand with support and advice. The dream was always to get an agent and so to receive interest from several was mind-blowing - to have Madeleine Milburn within that list was more than I could have hoped for. I’m thrilled!”
– Carla Jenkins
The Book You've Always Wanted To Write
Writers Love The Novelry
“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 and got a literary agent. 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, now represented by Madeline Milburn Literary Agency
“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, Creative Writing Professor USA
The Writing Community
Weekly Writing Classes Online
Writing classes and workshops online with bestselling authors in every fiction genre.
Magic With Meg Rosoff – monthly masterclasses. Writing With Adele Parks – masterclasses.
Members can join live or watch our box-set of recorded lessons and masterclasses with authors like Louise Doughty and Mark Billingham. Our library of lessons includes David Nicholls, Jessie Burton, Val McDermid, Paula Hawkins, Meg Rosoff, Rachel Edwards, Ruth Ware, Lucy Foley, Harriet Tyce, Mike Gayle and more.
Your Book in a Year Writing Course Certificate
Achievement, achievement, achievement.
Proudly display your achievement on your professional profile with our digital certificates issued upon completion of your course. Demonstrate an achievement that is 'high stakes' and proves tenacity and staying power. Show expertise with an accomplishment that has been overseen by a respected professional. You'll have a testament to writing skills of a high standard.
Our Book Writing Course Reviews
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Our Admissions and Refund Policy
We offer 0% interest payment plans and accept most cards including Visa, Mastercard, American Express, PayPal.
We offer scholarships for our online writing courses to deserving writers of merit. Simply send us an email explaining a little bit about your circumstances with the first 500 words of your work.