Begin Your Novel Class

With Kerry Hadley-Pryce. Starting 29/11/2022

This online Begin Your Novel Class is designed for those who have an idea for a novel, or who have started to write one, and are in need of inspiration and guidance. The class runs for six weeks and, using weekly writing assignments, notes and reading resources, will help you develop your idea, your characters, themes and plot. Think of it in terms of a six-week journey – not just for you as a writer, but for the characters you will create.

DURATION: 6 weeks

Start Date:  November 29th, 2022 – 1 place remaining

(There will be a course break from December 20th-January 3rd)

Our classes are in huge demand and are filling up very quickly, so we recommend booking early to avoid disappointment.

Places are strictly limited to 10 participants. You don’t have to be based in the US to take the class. We accept students from around the world!

This creative writing class fits in with a student’s schedule. You don’t have to be online at any particular time or day. Instead, the class is carried out through email correspondence, so you can read the notes whenever it suits you. There will be weekly notes and assignments over the course of six weeks. Your tutor will read each assignment and provide written feedback. You’ll find out more about how the online courses work here.

Please note that this is a class for adults. If you’re under 18, check out our writing for teenagers classes.

Week One: Thinking like a novelist

Maybe you have an idea for a novel, or think you might have. Perhaps you think it’s less an ‘idea’ more a series of thoughts. Or maybe you are quite sure, it’s definitely an idea. Whatever the case, this week, we get serious about it and get started. This week is all about ‘thinking like a novelist’, getting our heads in the game, getting real about things. You’ll start planning how you’re going to do this.

Week Two: Plotting your plot

We’ll examine what is meant by ‘plot’ and what the constituents of various plots are. We’ll consider where you want to take your reader and how you think you might get there. We’ll consider pace and time, and ‘narrative drive.’ You’ll create a ‘bare-bones outline’ of how you (initially) see your plot developing.

Week Three: Character Creation

We’ll investigate how to create characters, and what it is that will make your readers want to read about them. We’ll look at the difference between character-driven narratives, and plot-driven narratives.

Week Four: Finding your voice, taking chances and flexible thinking

We’ll experiment with narrative voice and structure – perhaps you might be guided just a little bit out of your comfort zone. Be prepared to try out different voices and different viewpoints so that you can begin to see what techniques work well for your characters or plot and for your novel as a whole.

Week Five: Mapping

By now you’ll have a much better idea where you’re going with your novel, so this week, we’ll be looking at openings and closings and you’ll be mapping a more detailed timeline or a framework of the novel as a whole. You might have some idea of some scenes you think you might want to include. Where will they happen in the overall plan, and what will the lead up to them be? How will it all hold together?

Week Six: Get a grip and move on

In this final week, it’s time to get hold of your novel and prepare a chapter plan. By now you’ll know where you’re going with it and how you want it to move. You’ll show that you’ve found your voice, and will be able to sense that your novel is ready to be written.

‘I would just like to thank Kerry, not just for the kind and very helpful comments, but for the whole course. I really enjoyed it. I learned a lot and I hope I’ll be able to put it into writing.’ Andrea

If you have any further queries, you can check out Frequently Asked Questions or How it Works.

Our cancellation/refund policy may be viewed here.

About The Tutor

Kerry Hadley-Pryce is a Visiting Lecturer at the University of Wolverhampton and the editor of The Blackcountryman magazine. Her first novel, The Black Country, published by Salt Publishing in 2015, was part of her MA Creative Writing, for which she gained a distinction and was awarded the Michael Schmidt Prize for Outstanding Achievement 2013–14. She is currently a PhD candidate researching Psychogeographic Flow and Black Country Writing. She has had several short stories published in various anthologies and online at Fictive Dream and The Incubator. Her second novel, Gamble, also published by Salt Publishing in June 2018, was shortlisted for the Encore Second Novel Award 2019.


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Course Details

  • Start Date: 29/11/2022
  • Duration: 6 weeks
  • Price: 190 USD