How to Write a Novel

(3 customer reviews)

Book now for session running 19th April to July 5th 2020

  • Everything you need to know about writing a novel from initial idea to pitching to publishers
  • Discover the basics of plot, character, dialogue, and learn how to edit effectively
  • Develop your skills over 30 optional writing tasks
  • Receive detailed feedback on a formally assessed assignment
  • Join lively discussions about writing with your tutor and other students
  • More live contact with your tutor than comparable courses
  • Learn from an experienced tutor and published novelist

PRICE: £349.00 £314.00

The Course

How to Write a Novel Online is divided into 12 weeks with easy-to-navigate online teaching modules:

Week 1 – Introduction: inspiration and ideas

Week 2 – The first page

Week 3 – Character and episodic plots

Week 4 – Through-lines and timelines

Week 5 – Sub-plot and secondary characters

Week 6 – Research and mid-course review

Week 7 – Dynamic dialogue

Week 8 – Voice, tone and point of view

Week 9 – Genre and description

Week 10 – Drawing the strands to a close

Week 11 – Editing

Week 12 – Review: where to go from here

How you'll learn

How to Write a Novel Online allows you build your novel in clear and constructive stages and share your work with a friendly and supportive online community. By the end of the course, you will be able to critique your own writing, recognising strengths and weaknesses of composition, edit your own work, and have the knowledge to complete a sustained narrative, take it to the final draft, and approach an agent with confidence.

Who it's for

Anyone who is writing (or wants to write) a novel. We offer constructive and practical advice on how to successfully complete a book-length project and then, hopefully, sell it.

About the tutor

Sarah Dobbs is the author of Killing Daniel and The Sea Inside Me. She’s had work broadcast on the BBC, has a PhD in Creative Writing from Lancaster University and is a lecturer in Creative Writing at Sunderland University. She has recently co-founded an aerial theatre company called Uncaged. You can find her on Twitter as @sarahjanedobbs

3 reviews for How to Write a Novel

  1. Betty H

    I was very fortunate to find myself on How to Write a Novel Online because without it I would never have got as far as chapter two, let alone finish my first novel and polish it to publication standard. I would recommend him to anyone who wants to learn how to write. Top class.

  2. Jane M

    How to Write a Novel has given me invaluable and in-depth advice and suggestions on the exercises, and I am amazed that indeed, I do have the will and tools to do this. I would highly recommend this course to anyone, Stephen’s knowledge of the writing industry is incredible and his encouragement has really helped me to focus on bringing my ideas to life.

  3. Sabine M

    The course ‘How to Write a Novel’ is a gem you rarely come across. Stimulating exercises and a systematic approach to the elements of prose writing are complemented by the tutor’s commitment and encouragement – for everyone. I’ve written more within five weeks than I would ever have thought possible. I can see my novel taking shape. Thank you.

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