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As published authors and experienced creative writing tutors we’ve come together at The Novelry to indulge our passion for storytelling. We meet every week as a team to put our heads together on your storylines for their best creative development, so when you meet with any one of us you can be sure you're benefitting from our combined thinking. We are as one. (One head, many tentacles writing, hence the octopus logo!) 

It's so refreshing – and beneficial – for a writer to get solid professional guidance.

You’ll work with one of our bestselling and award-winning authors, the author of your choice, and meet regularly online. Our beautiful technology allows us to stay up-to-date with your writing progress and keep a keen eye on the story as it unfolds. Besides you, no one believes in you and your story as much as your tutor and writing co-pilot at The Novelry. (You'll get to work with our editorial team too, drawn from major publishing houses, notably Penguin Random House.)

 

When you select one of our fully-tutored courses you can choose to work with the creative writing tutor right for your book. The online one-to-one working sessions are warm, encouraging, helpful and fun. You'll get problems solved and some new exciting ideas for your story. There's no better way to learn to write and to get the absolutely right advice for you and your book. Feel free to swap tutors for your one-to-one coaching sessions and benefit from their combined professional expertise while you write your book in any genre. We're here to keep you on track.

Louise Dean

 
LITERARY FICTION, HUMOUR
 

Louise Dean is the author of four novels and the founder of The Novelry.

She 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 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.

A finalist for the Costa Coffee 2020 Short Story Award. 

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Emylia Hall

 
UPMARKET FICTION, READING GROUP FICTION, ROMANCE, COSY CRIME
 

Emylia Hall is the author of four novels with her fifth cosy crime novel publishing in 2022, and a Fellow of the Royal Literary Fund.

The Book of Summers, a coming-of-age story inspired by childhood holidays, was published by Headline in 2012 and was one of the bestselling debuts of the year. It was a Richard and Judy Book Club selection, and went on to be voted the favourite read of the summer by readers. It was translated into eight languages. 

A Heart Bent Out of Shape was published in 2013 and won the Novelicious Book of the Year Award. The Sea Between Us followed in 2015 and The Thousand Lights Hotel in 2017. With books set in rural Hungary, the Swiss Riviera, Cornwall’s far west and the Tuscan isle of Elba, her work is strongly influenced by place and matters of the heart.

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Polly Ho-Yen

 
CHILDREN'S FICTION
 

Polly is the author of six children's novels and four children's picture books. Her first novel, Boy in the Tower, was published in 2014 by Random House Children's Publishers, and nominated for the Carnegie Medal and shortlisted for the Blue Peter Book Award and the Waterstones Children’s Book Prize.

Her second novel Where Monsters Lie was published in 2016 and her third novel, Fly Me Home, was published in 2017. Both of these novels were also nominated for the Carnegie Medal. Her latest novel How I saved the World in a Week has been praised by The Guardian for its emotional depth. 

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Jack Jordan

 
CRIME THRILLERS PSYCHOLOGICAL SUSPENSE
 

Jack Jordan is the global number one bestselling author of Anything for Her (2015), My Girl (2016), A Woman Scorned (2018), Before Her Eyes (2018) and Night by Night an Amazon No.1 bestseller in the UK, Canada, and Australia.

His eagerly awaited fifth novel Do No Harm was sold as a six-figure deal in a three-way auction to Simon & Schuster and is set to be the thriller of the summer in 2022 with enthusiastic advance reviews from well-known crime and thriller writers. 

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Katie Khan

 
YOUNG ADULT FICTION, SPECULATIVE FICTION
 

Katie Khan's first novel, Hold Back the Stars, was published in the UK by Penguin Random House and in the U.S. by Simon & Schuster in 2017, and has been translated into twenty-one languages around the world. It was a finalist for the Romantic Novel Awards and shortlisted for Brave New Words, which celebrates originality in genre writing. A film of Hold Back the Stars is in the works at studio Lionsgate. Katie’s second novel, The Light Between Us, was published by Penguin Random House in 2018 and is a story of unrequited love — and time travel. 

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Kate Riordan

 
HISTORICAL FICTION, MYSTERY, SUSPENSE
 

Kate Riordan is the author of five books; four novels and short stories. 

The Girl in the Photograph was a Sunday Times bestseller, a haunting dual timeline novel about two women entwined by fate, published by Penguin in 2015 and described in the Sunday Times as 'rich and atmospheric' and a must-read for fans of Du Maurier's Rebecca. 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. Published in September 2020, The Heatwave was a must-read Richard and Judy Book Club Thriller pick. A tense psychological thriller, set in Provence, it went to No.1 in the Apple Fiction Chart. 

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Mahsuda Snaith

 
UPMARKET FICTION
 

Mahsuda Snaith was an Observer New Face of Fiction in 2017. Her debut novel ‘The Things We Thought We Knew’ (Black Swan) was released in 2017 when she was named an ‘Observer New Face of Fiction’. Her second novel ‘How to Find Home’ (Black Swan) was chosen as a BBC Radio 4 ‘Book at Bedtime’.

Mahsuda was the winner of the SI Leeds Literary Prize 2014, the Bristol Short Story Prize 2014 and has led creative writing workshops in universities, hospitals, schools and a homeless hostel. She is a commissioned writer for the Colonial Countryside project and her short story ‘The Panther’s Tale’ is included in ‘Hag: Forgotten Folktales Retold’ (Virago).

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Tasha Suri

 
FANTASY, EPICS, SERIES AND SAGAS, YOUNG ADULT
 

Tasha Suri is the award-winning author of The Books of Ambha duology (Empire of Sand and Realm of Ash) and the epic fantasy The Jasmine Throne. She has won the Best Newcomer Award from the British Fantasy Society (2019) and has been nominated for the Astounding Award and Locus Award for Best First Novel. Her novel What Souls are Made Of is a Young Adult take on Wuthering Heights.

When TIME asked leading fantasy authors—George RR Martin, Neil Gaiman, Tomi Adeyemi, NK Jemisin and Sabaa Tahir to compile a list of the 100 best fantasy books of all time, dating back to the 9th century, they chose Tasha Suri's Empire of Sand to be on their list.

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Craig Leyenaar

 
EXPERT IN SCIENCE FICTION, FANTASY, HORROR, THRILLER, SERIES 
 

Before joining The Novelry, Craig Leyenaar was a commissioning editor at the famous Titan Books, a publisher specialising in science fiction, fantasy, horror, crime, and thrillers, and home to authors including Stephen King, V.E. Schwab, Paul Tremblay, Christina Henry, M.L. Rio, James Lovegrove, Mikey Spillane. Prior to that, Craig worked at Gollancz, part of the Orion Publishing Group, home to authors including Brandon Sanderson, Joanne Harris, Sarah Pinborough, Patrick Rothfuss, Alastair Reynolds, Ursula K. Le Guin and Ben Aaronovitch. Craig is steeped in genre knowledge from a career of publishing SFF (science fiction and fantasy), and working with legendary authors.

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At the heart of The Novelry is our positive teaching method. We offer a collaborative environment, not a competitive environment. ALL writers, at all stages of their career, are always learning their craft. We work as equals, side by side. You'll find your one-to-one sessions with our writers are fun, lively and inspiring. We love what we do. 

We will help you grow as a writer and build your skills and confidence. We get far better results faster with our collaborative method.

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