The Write a Novel Course

Price: $ 1495.00

CREATIVE WRITING

Write a Novel Course

Realise Your Dream of Writing a Novel

Fast-track your progress with one-to-one mentoring by one of our multi-award winning, much-loved tutors.

Have you ever dreamed of writing a book? Our Write a Novel Course can turn that dream into a reality.

Our comprehensive Write a Novel Course covers everything you need to write a novel, plus provides the support and expert guidance to make a solid start on your manuscript.

By the end of the course, you will have a proposal you can be proud to submit to a New Zealand or overseas publisher.

The Novel Writing Course Gives You...

Expert, Individual Feedback

Get prompt, honest, detailed feedback on every assignment from an award-winning writer. We focus on your unique writing strengths.

No Peer Reviews!

You will only be assessed by your tutor, a leader in their field. No more guessing and wondering how to write; you'll be guided line by line.

No Automated Marking

We use traditional methods of assessing work, as editors at publishing houses would. No generic feedback!

A Flexible Schedule

Work wherever and whenever you want. You can easily fit our courses around work and other commitments.

Relevant, Usable Content

Easy-to-digest course notes that capture a lifetime of writing experience, ready for you to apply to your own writing.

Ongoing Assessment

Your writing is assessed continuously as your course progresses.

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Novel Today

Overcome self-doubt, procrastination and writer's block on a well-structured course.

With the help of an experienced tutor, turn your unique, creative ideas into a  manuscript.

The initial modules focus on teaching you the nuts and bolts of good writing. We then move to intensive writing, in-depth tutor support and text critiques. After each module is completed, your tutor will offer you feedback on your progress.

Each module outlines the elements of good writing, such as realistic dialogue, memorable characters, a compelling plot and sustained tension. You will build on the basics of the craft as you write your novel.

At the end of the 12 modules, you will have gained confidence in your ability to express yourself in words, and produced a manuscript of at least 20,000 words.

The Write a Novel Course is designed for you to create a preliminary text of 20,000 to 25,000 words. This in itself is quite an achievement for writers who thought it impossible to move beyond the first page. With this springboard in place, you can then choose to continue to the Advanced Write a Novel Course, which is aimed at completing your manuscript up to 70 000 words.

‘I loved every minute of this course. My tutor was great; she always made great points about my work, constructive criticism, praise where it was due, and always pointed me in the right direction, which helped immensely. Keep doing what you’re doing, because it’s great.’

Clemma Waddel, Write a Novel Course

Course Overview

Start your course at any time – applications open all year round.

COURSE FEE

Price includes GST

NUMBER OF ASSIGNMENTS

12

The assignments vary in length.

NUMBER OF MODULES

12

These modules include around 200 pages of course notes.

COURSE DURATION

24

Work at your own pace – up to a maximum of 24 months.

START DATE: ANYTIME

Working with an individual tutor means you can start the course at any time.

ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS:

Basic writing skills are essential. Computer skills, e-mail and Internet access required. No previous tertiary qualification required.

Our Graduate Students'

We are proud of our graduates who have achieved success. Here are a few among dozens of our creative writing success stories.

Alex smith creative writing tutor at the writers college

Tutors for This Course

You can either select a tutor when you apply, or we will assign a tutor based on your area of interest.

Alex Smith

Alex Smith is the award-winning author of five novels: Algeria’s Way, Drinking from the Dragon’s Well, Four Drunk Beauties, Devilskein & Dearlove (published by Random House/Umuzi) and Agency Blue (published by Tafelberg). 

Her work has received widespread acclaim. Drinking from the Dragon’s Well was longlisted for the Sunday Times Alan Paton Award and Devilskein & Dearlove was nominated for the 2015 CILIP Carnegie Medal in the UK. Agency Blue won a Sanlam Youth Literature Award, while Four Drunk Beauties won the Nielsen Booksellers’ Choice Award. 

Alex tutors the Novel Writing Course, the Advanced Novel Writing Course, the Advanced Short Story Writing Course and the Grammar Skills Course, sharing her knowledge and expertise with students of all skill levels.

Fiona Ingram

Fiona Ingram [BA Hons (Natal), MA (Wits)] is a multi-award winning author of adult and children’s fiction. She has written eight historical romances (published by USA publisher Bublish), including Married at Midnight, The Wayward Miss Wainwright and Lord Blackwood’s Valentine Ball.
 
Her interest in myths and legends, ancient history and travel led to her writing the multi-award winning The Secret of the Sacred Scarab. This is the first instalment of her children’s adventure series, Chronicles of the Stone. Fiona has now completed Book Four in the series. Through her novels, she takes youngsters all over the world on amazing adventures. 

She is also an animal rights advocate and writes animal rescue stories.

Creative Writing Course tutor at The Writers College Andrew Salmon

Andrew Salomon

Andrew Salomon is an award-winning author. His debut novel Tokoloshe Song was shortlisted for the Terry Pratchett First Novel Award.

Additionally, his short fiction has been shortlisted for the Commonwealth Short Story Prize. He has also received the PEN Literary Award for African Fiction and the Short.Sharp.Stories Award.

Andrew is the author of the young adult thrillers The Chrysalis and Wonderbear. His latest novel is the dark fantasy thriller The Equilibrist. He completed an MA at the Institute for Archaeology at University College London. Some of his most memorable experiences have been at rock painting and engraving sites in subterranean caves and shelters across the world. These often find their way into his fiction.

Andrew tutors several courses at UK Writers College, including the Write a Novel Course, the Advanced Novel Writing Course and the Advanced Short Story Writing Course.

Creative writing tutor at the Writers College, Sonny Whitelaw

Sonny Whitelaw

Sonny Whitelaw has enjoyed a successful career as a writer for over 30 years. Her work as a photojournalist has appeared in dozens of international magazines,  including National Geographic.

She won a Draco Award for her first novel, The Rhesus Factor, and all eight of her novels, including five based on the television series Stargate, have been international bestsellers.

A qualified adult educator with an MA in Creative Writing, Sonny taught writing courses to adults and teenagers in Sydney, Brisbane and Melbourne. In 2008, she moved with her teenage son to a small lifestyle property in Oxford, Canterbury.

When she’s not having an enormous amount of fun exploring the South Island, Sonny splits her time between researching and writing scientific reports, editing fiction and non-fiction manuscripts, and working on her own exciting young adult science fantasy series called The Runes of Creation. Find out more about this series on her website.

Sonny tutors the Write a Novel Course, the Literary Short and Flash Fiction Course and the Advanced Novel Writing Course.

Course Curriculum

Module 1

Your Novel: An Introduction

  • Common questions answered
  • Overcoming writer’s block
  • Getting started
  • Exercise: Construct a schedule, write a novel proposal and complete a warm-up writing exercise.
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Module 2

The Basics of Creative Writing

  • An overview of the elements of a novel – genre, theme, point of view and voice
  • Exercise: Write two genre scenes; discuss voice, theme and point of view in a novel of your choice.

Module 3

Characterisation

  • The importance of characters
  • Creating vivid and believable major and minor characters
  • Exercise: Write a character outline for a major and a minor character; write a brief scene in which they interact.
  • Text instalment: At least 700 words.

Module 4

Plot Your Novel

  • Understanding the elements of storytelling
  • The classic story structure
  • Exercise: Construct a plot outline.
  • Text instalment: At least 1,500 words.

Module 5

Putting Scenes Together

  • Scenes, chapters and paragraphs
  • Transitions, beginnings and endings
  • Exercise: Practise writing transitions.
  • Text instalment: At least 2,000 words.

Module 6

Discover Your Writing Style

  • Good and bad style tips
  • Finding your own style
  • Exercise: Examine your own writing style.
  • Text instalment: At least 2,500 words.

Module 7

Dialogue Techniques

  • Writing natural, interesting dialogue – dos and don’ts
  • Layout and formatting of dialogue
  • Exercise: Record and edit a dialogue.
  • Text instalment: At least 2,500 words.

Module 8

Revising Your Writing

  • The importance of revising your work
  • Top editing tips
  • Exercise: Revise a passage, collate your novel and find areas that need work.
  • Progress of your novel: At least 2,500 words.

Module 9

Selling Your Book

  • How to approach a publisher
  • Presentation of your manuscript
  • Overview of contractual issues
  • Exercise: Write a covering letter.
  • Text instalment: At least 2,500 words.
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Module 10

Book Production

  • An overview of the process of editing, designing, distributing, marketing and selling a book
  • Exercise: Write a blurb; organise payment for your stories.
  • Progress of your novel: At least 2,500 words. 

Module 11

Trends in Publishing

  • What’s happening in writing and publishing right now?
  • Publishing options – self-publishing, online publishing
  • Progress of your novel: At least 2,500 words.

Module 12

The Writing Life

  • The lifestyle of the working writer
  • Opportunities and challenges in the world of writing
  • Progress of your novel: At least 2,500 words.
  • After Module 12, you will submit a revised text of 20,000 to 25,000 words for final marking and critique.

This course offers an advanced course option

What Our Students Say

Aileen SmithWrite a Novel Course
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It was a fantastic course: very educational and easy to comprehend. Alex was a wonderful tutor. She was very supportive and inspired me to work harder and accomplish more. Deciding to do a writing course with The Writers College was the best educational choice I ever made.
Phillip DuffWrite a Novel Course
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I enjoyed the course immensely; it was fun and easy to engage with. The modules were well-structured and helped steer me in the right direction. My tutor provided excellent feedback for all the assessments. It was always of a positive, practical nature to help correct mistakes and create a better novel. I always looked forward to reading his assessments as I found them really motivational. Without the Write a Novel Course and the feedback from my tutor, I would not have had the motivation (or indeed the technical skills) to begin writing – even though I’d wanted to write a novel for a long time. The course provided me with a formal and structured approach to writing, something that I now appreciate is essential when starting on that first novel.
Gaynor LincolnWrite a Novel Course
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The course was like a TV programme where they give participants an entire makeover, except it was my writing skills that got the makeover. The greatest learning came from Sonny’s pithy and expressive comments, which now constantly pop into my mind as I write.
Claire FronemanWrite a Novel Course
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The course was structured perfectly and covered every aspect of the literary world of novel writing. The assignments were easily understood and helpful in developing the tools needed to improve my writing abilities. I enjoyed every moment of the course and always looked forward to the next assignment. From the very first email I received from Alex, I was convinced of her brilliance. All of my assignments were graded within a week, and her following advice and guidance was helpful and encouraging. Due to her endless support, I was able to gain confidence in my writing and even managed to complete a full first draft of my novel. Alex is not only an inspiration but a wonderful mentor and someone I would consider a dear friend. Thank you, Alex, for allowing me the privilege of having shared my journey with you. It would be difficult to describe this course as an educational tool; the course was so intriguing and captivating that it felt more like a lifestyle that you aim to live every day!
Hazel CarlsteinWrite a Novel Course
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The course content is excellent as it provides very useful writing exercises but encourages you to write your novel at the same time. I like the fact that the emphasis is not on personal introspective analysis. Diane provided invaluable advice and support. I can honestly say that without the course and Diane’s incredible support and input, my manuscript would not have been written. I have enjoyed the experience and I feel that my writing has improved substantially.
Marcio GoncalvesWrite a Novel Course
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Alex Smith was an absolute joy to work with. Her feedback was both extremely encouraging and honest. Her guidance was truly amazing and essential for me to learn everything there is to know about the wonderful world of novel writing. The fact that she is a published writer is great because we as aspiring writers get the sense that she understands all our fears and thus is able to help us through it. Thanks to her, I have found the right avenue for my writing aspirations. I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend this course to anyone who asks.
Daubert VermeulenWrite a Novel Course
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I want to take this opportunity to thank all of you for your excellence. Writing a novel was one of the biggest dreams I’ve ever had and The Writer’s College made it a reality. You made me challenge myself and in turn, I found an endless pool of creativity within which I never knew existed. I would recommend your College to anyone who is serious about writing. Even to those who already completed their first manuscripts. You will be surprised what you will learn in the novel writing course. Once again, thank all of you! You guys are amazing!
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Detailed course notes covering the content of each module are emailed to you. 

At the end of each module, you will be required to submit an instalment of a certain word count to your tutor for feedback. You’ll be writing your novel as you go along. As the course progresses, the emphasis will shift from exercises to text critiques and support. You’ll regularly send instalments of your manuscript to your tutor for feedback. At the end of the 12 modules, you will have gained important writing skills and have a text instalment of at least 20,000 words. 

Once the writing tasks have been completed and emailed to your tutor, you will receive an assessment and feedback, and the module will be considered complete. You can also participate in ongoing online discussions by posting comments about the course or other issues pertaining to writing on The Writers College blog.

Absolutely. You have direct communication with your tutor for the duration of the course. The more questions you ask, the more you will get out of the course.

You will get lifetime access to the course. You will also benefit from future updates and improvements to the course.

For the majority of our courses, only your tutor will see your work. It will remain completely private unless you get it published. The journalism courses might see your work published in the public domain, but you do have the final say as to whether or not this happens.

You will receive a Writers College Certificate upon successful completion of the course, provided you meet the following conditions: 

  • You must have completed all writing tasks.
  • The course must have been completed within 24 months of registration.
  • A minimum average of 50% must be achieved.
  • Basic writing skills are essential.
  • Computer skills as well as email and Internet access are required.
  • No previous tertiary qualification is required.

Because you will work with an individual tutor, you can start your course as soon as your application has been approved. There are no specific start dates as would be the case with a traditional college.

An application is usually approved within one working day. Once we receive proof of payment, your can start your course.

You could be starting your course today!

This is hard to predict as some people are simply faster writers than others. However, for each 1,000 words of your novel, anticipate spending about an hour writing and at least the same amount of time revising. Each exercise should not take more than two hours to complete. Finally, you should expect to spend some time at the end of the course giving your manuscript a final polish. This adds up to a rough estimate of 90 hours over the course of 12 modules, or around seven to eight hours per month.

Once your application has been approved, you will receive notification of approval and an invoice via email. As soon as we receive proof of payment, the first module as well as your tutor’s email address and your login details will be sent to you. Your tutor will also be in touch to welcome you.

Any work created on our courses is owned by you. We will never make a claim to anything you produce. We follow the rule that copyright subsists with the creator (you).

‘My experience on the course encouraged me and gave me the confidence that I could write a good novel. My tutor was very professional, focused, encouraging and helpful.’

Bharat Kumar Regmi, Write a Novel Course

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