Your tutor will introduce you to the skills and techniques that will help you test your novel idea, plan your story and chapters, and guide you as you start writing.
As you work through the sessions, you’ll develop the first 15,000 words of your novel while working within a supportive community of fellow writers keen to share their experiences with you.
Session 1: Introductions – Meet your fellow writers and discover their reading and writing habits.
Session 2: Beginnings – Honing your novel and opening pages.
Session 3: Character – Creating characters that grip the reader.
Session 4: Voice – What is your writing voice and how will you explore it in this novel?
Session 5: Viewpoint – Are you telling the story from right viewpoint?
Session 6: Structure – The essentials of structure and how to plot your story.
Session 7: Dialogue – Writing better speech and using it to move your story forwards.
Session 8: Description – Drawing your readers into the world of your novel – and keeping them there.
Session 9: Research – Using research to add realism and authenticity to your novel.
Session 10: Using scenes – Learn how to structure scenes and use writing tools and techniques for emphasis and pace.
Session 11: Foreshadowing – How does foreshadowing work and how can you use it to draw your reader in right from the start?
Session 12: Revising and Editing – How editing your book can be as important as the writing (and as creative).
Session 13: The Publishing Process – An insight into the industry, and the dos and don’ts of submitting your manuscript.
Session 14: Next Steps (4 weeks) – Private time to revise your manuscript and synopsis in preparation for submission to your tutor for final feedback. The forums are open for discussion and peer support.
At the end of the course you will receive a detailed one-to-one written feedback report from your tutor, considering your story ideas, writing, research, suitability for market and suggested steps to completion.