How to: Write a Novel (online course)

About this course

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Everyone’s got a novel in them… have you? So what’s the difference between novels that languish in dusty drawers and those in the Waterstones display window? For most, the answer is study, perseverance and a helping hand.

This 3 month course aims to equip you with the things every novelist needs: The idea, the ability and the guidance.

You will take part in weekly peer to peer writing workshops and gain first-rate tuition from novelist and lecturer, Dr Sarah Dobbs. Sarah is the author of Killing Daniel, which was recently nominated for the Guardian’s Not the Booker prize.

We have good links with publishers, editors and agents and will recommend selected students.

Week 1 – Introduction – inspiration and ideas.

Week 2 – The First Page.

Week 3 – Character as plot.

Week 4 – Throughlines and timelining: how to plan.

Week 5 – Subplot and minor characters.

Week 6 – When and how to research. Mid-course review.

Week 7 – Dynamic dialogue

Week 8 – Voice, tone and POV.

Week 9 – Genre and description: the senses.

Week 10 – Drawing the strands to a close; endings.

Week 11 – Editing: redrafting with different lenses.

Week 12 – Review and where to go from here: the Agent, the covering letter & synopsis.

Book direct with us or via Hotcourses. Email us with any queries sarahjanedobbs@gmail.com

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