Writing Historical Fiction.

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The Best Year of Your Writing Life

Achievement, achievement, achievement with our 3-step mentored program

A year of complete guidance and support to write your historical novel and fulfil your ambition to become an author. We will lead you through the creation of a sound and appealing story idea through handling the research and onto writing a novel, then revising and editing your first draft. You will complete and hold in your hands a manuscript to professional standard ready to pitch to our literary agents seeking historical fiction.

With your own dedicated historical novel author tutor to guide you and keep you on track. 

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“I used to think that when I set out that doing the research was enough! But then the gaps would emerge that could only be filled by the imagination.”

Hilary Mantel

The Book in a Year ®

A Fully Supported Year of Writing Your Historical Fiction Novel.
No workshopping. Our Focus is on You and Your Novel.

Welcome to the no-fear novel. From a confident start to a happy ending. Create, write and complete a work of historical fiction to publishing standard. Your tutor will oversee your progress to ensure you stay on track. We submit your work, when it's ready, to leading literary agents who specialise in historical fiction.

Remember historical fiction is so much more than 'events'. We begin with the story, then guide you to research to flesh it out, then show you how to use your imagination to tell a gripping story with widespread reader appeal.

Our complete support from the moment you sign up. Start today. 

The Plans.

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Immediate access to all the lessons to take each course at your own speed. The bundled packages include a 10% discount on individual course prices.

Enjoy 6 coaching calls while writing your novel, and 2 calls with feedback during the Big Edit. You have a year with us to enjoy the lessons and schedule mentoring to your needs. Relax!

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1. The Book in a Year Plan.

PLAN. First, with the Classic course which is perfectly suited to the 'world-building' skills required for writing historical fiction, we start work on the story (and plot) showing you The Five F's ® of big stories. You'll walk in the footsteps of the bestselling authors and create a unique and original idea. 

WRITE. Then, in the Ninety Day Novel course, we hunker down on the story for the first seven days of the course, eyeballing it from every angle. You won’t start writing until you’ve had your first session with your tutor. We'll keep you on track and give you care and support, along with our writing community who will encourage you to keep going. 

REVISE. We pull the story back into sight in The Big Edit course where we revise the manuscript to a standard for submission to our literary agents to secure a publishing deal. 

Enjoy every phase of this magical year in the company of the Membership community and relax, we don’t leave the success of your story to chance. Save 10% on individual course prices when purchased separately. Price £1399 GBP or $1999 USD. All global currencies accepted at checkout. Now - and for a short period only - available via an instalment payment plan.

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2. The Novel Kickstarter

You're a writer in search of a big idea and you want to get writing. Want to create a story and complete a first draft? Includes Membership, the Classic course and our Novel course. Enjoy 6 coaching calls and a year's support while completing a first draft of your novel. Enjoy a 10% discount on the individual course prices. Price £950 or $1350. Available in all global currencies at checkout.

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3. The Novel Development Plan

Got a novel in progress or an idea ready to roll? And you're serious about getting published? Prepare your novel for success with our fully mentored plan with 12 months of support. Includes 6 coaching calls while writing your novel, and 2 calls with feedback on to complete your work with the Big Edit. Enjoy a 10% discount on Membership, the Novel course and The Big Edit when purchased together as a bundle here. Price £1150 or $1550. Available in all global currencies at checkout.

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“The past is a foreign country, they do things differently there.”

L.P. Hartley

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 Historical Fiction Tutors.

Choose your tutor to guide you through completing your book. You'll get the personal guidance you need customized to your novel. We are committed to your success. (And we love what we do!)

Kate Riordan

Author and tutor mentor.

Kate Riordan is the author of four novels and short stories. Her first historical novel published by Penguin was hailed as a must-read for fans of Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier. The Girl in the Photograph was a Sunday Times bestseller, published by Penguin in 2015. It was Penguin's bestselling e-book that summer. The Shadow Hour was published in 2016. The Stranger followed in 2018 and was a Top Ten Red Magazine choice of that year, a wonderfully atmospheric piece of historical fiction in the wild, beautiful and stunning landscape of Cornwall.

About Kate

Louise Dean.

Founder and Course Director.

Author, Louise Dean, has won The Betty Trask Prize and Le Prince Maurice Prize, been nominated for The Guardian First Book Prize, and longlisted for the Dublin International Literary Award and the Booker Prize. Her novels have been published internationally by Penguin Randomhouse, Simon & Schuster and others.

Louise Dean's work of historical fiction This Human Season was hailed by reviewers and praised by the Nobel Laureate J.M. Coetzee: “With clear-eyed compassion, and with all the resources of the novelist's art, Louise Dean leads us through those terrible days when for a while Belfast was a vortex for the worst of the world's cruelty and pain.” 

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Members can join us for live sessions with world-class authors or view the sessions on our fabulous Catch-Up TV at The Novelry.

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