Now booking – Novel in a Month, Manchester City Centre, August

Let this summer be the one you finally write that novel

Tutored by Dr Sarah Dobbs, author of Killing Danielin Manchester city centre. Sarah has also lectured at Blackburn, Lancaster and on the Guardian Masterclass series.

Where and when:

Friends Meeting House, near Manchester Central Library, M2 5NS, room B6.

August 5th, 12th, 19th, 26th, 7-9pm



Sarah tutors at Edge Hill and has previously lectured at Blackburn, Lancaster, Manchester and The Open University, as well as on The Guardian’s Masterclass series. Other work has been broadcast by the BBC, published in international journals and nominated for a Pushcart Prize.

Who is the course for?

Anyone who is writing or has ever wanted to write a novel.  What will I study?  You will undertake a series of intensive exercises each week which will help you focus and hone the work you are currently writing or have written. The weeks are broken down into: the idea, the plot, genre and markets. The first hour will be dedicated to exercises and models that can be adapted to improve your own ideas or novels. Work will be underpinned with critical analysis of published work.


Week 1 – The idea (fine-tuning your premise) Surgeries: work in progress

Week 2 – The plot (building your architecture) Surgeries: WIPS

Week 3 – Genre (knowing your genre / subverting genre) Surgeries:WIPS

Week 4 – Markets (agents, editors, copy-editors, self-editing, where to go from here) Surgeries and final reading

Additional benefits: all course materials, refreshments and a free post-course critique and advice session

Book now

For queries or to register interest, email – you can also book a place at the Early Bird rate of £99 (instead of £150) by sending a PayPal payment to, via Hotcourses or our meetup site.


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