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How to Write a Book

Create, Write, Complete a Book in a Year

 From idea to the end with the structured, step-by-step course and one-to-one coaching

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Our Famous Book in a Year Plans 

Finish a book to publishing standard with step-by-step support

The Book in a Year plans offer step-by-step lessons to inspire and inform your writing; a year’s worth of support from an author tutor in one-to-one mentoring sessions; weekly writing classes, live sessions with bestselling authors and a friendly community of fellow writers.

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 structure, dedicated support and expert guidance, this is the writing course for you.

The course will guide you through building the world of your story, outlining your novel, strengthening the plot, writing the first draft and editing it with expert guidance for a fabulous book ready for publication.

Everything you need to take your story from first draft to ‘The End’ – we’ll submit your novel to our leading literary agency partners when it's ready. This is the complete journey to achieve your ambition.

The Book in a Year ®

Support and structure to guide you step-by-step with self-paced lessons.

What's in the box?

Develop advanced storytelling skills

The Course Created by an Award-Winning Author

Your courses were created by Louise Dean and the 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.

As course director of The Novelry, Louise will oversee your progress and ensure you achieve your ambition.

With inspirational lessons

Enjoy videos and lessons that detail 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 candid and practical classes for you to enjoy at your own pace. Bring fresh energy to your writing.

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The Book You've Always Wanted To Write

  Writers Love The Novelry


I started writing my book with The Novelry in May, and by March I had signed with a literary agent.”

I would never have progressed so quickly without The Novelry, and I highly recommend it to anyone looking for a fast track to mastering the essentials of creative writing. I took all three courses in The Book in a Year plan. I loved the idea of the daily writing practice, the insightful tutor chats, and the combination of high literary ideals and genre awareness. In fact, I loved the course so much that I'm using it to draft my second book – while I've dabbled in many techniques, I feel most comfortable coming back to The Novelry.”

– Olesya Lyuzna, now represented by Aevitas Literary Agency

“Hell yes!”

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

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“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

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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.

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