Jericho Writers
4 Acer Walk , Oxford, OX2 6EX, United Kingdom
UK: +44 (0)345 459 9560
US: +1 (646) 974 9060


Write a publishable novel in a year with The Ultimate Novel Writing Course. A flexible course for serious writers.

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Start with an idea and end with a publishable manuscript. This online course offers unrivalled expert guidance as you write and edit your novel in any genre.

This year-long course combines online mentoring and editorial feedback, with physical live events. Start with a book idea – end with the tools and contacts you need to get published.

No other course offers this level of editorial help and feedback as you write your novel. Our fifteen-years of experience and industry contacts will be at your disposal – including one-to-one mentoring, full-manuscript feedback, workshops with world-leading tutors and support getting your work in front of agents.

This is an advanced course for writers who are serious about publishing.

This course at a glance:

Online Learning

Combined with two UK events

A One Year Course

October – September

Flexible Payments

Pay upfront or in instalments

Have You Got What it Takes?

If you are serious about writing a novel that will be ready for market this year – this is your Ultimate Novel Writing Course.

What’s Included?

One-to-One Mentoring

Connect with your personal mentor every month. They’ll be on hand to offer feedback on your work as you write and answer specific questions about your genre and goals.

Monthly Online Tutorials

Our world-leading tutors will teach you the fundamentals of writing a publishable book as you plot, write and edit. We’ll also be inviting special guest tutors to speak throughout the course.

Full Manuscript Feedback

No other writing course offers this level of feedback on your entire novel. Choose to have your mentor read your work, or an outside expert option – the choice is yours.

Direct Feedback From Literary Agents

We’ve teamed up with leading literary agents at The Soho Agency, who will offer all students with a finished novel by the end of the course one-to-one feedback on their work.

In-Person Physical Events

Have the flexibility of online classes combined with the joy of meeting face-to-face. Attend two professional events in the UK, meet literary agents and pitch your finished novel.

We’re excited to be collaborating with The Soho Agency for the 2020/21 course. The Soho Agency is a leading literary, theatrical and talent agency based in the heart of Soho, London, to help Ultimate Novel Writing students get their work discovered.

All students with a finished novel will have their work considered by The Soho Agency and receive personalised feedback to help refine their submission, just in time for the Summer Festival of Writing.

We’re so looking forward to collaborating with Jericho Writers on their Ultimate Novel Writing Course and discovering exciting new writing talent.

Marina De Pass

Associate Agent, The Soho Agency
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Key Information

Date: October – September

Duration: 1 year

Price: £4,950

Entry: By application only. See information below or download the course prospectus.

Location: Online.

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A Flexible Course for Writers

Your personal mentor is here to give you regular individual feedback on your work. You’ll have multiple one-to-ones throughout the year as your work processes.

Detailed weekly tutorials will teach you the craft of professional writing – from plotting, to self-editing. You’ll also hear from special guest tutors such as top authors and literary agents.

You’ll get a detailed, full-length editorial report on your work from your assigned mentor after your first draft, and support as you implement any changes.

We’ll introduce you to literary agents and teach you how to self-publish successfully. You’ll also get a lifetime of ongoing publication support after the course from our team.

You’ll get a full-weekend VIP pass to our life-changing Festival of Writing in York (UK) and either our Getting Published or Self-Publishing day in London (UK).

You’ll be part of an exclusive student group in our warm online community. You can exchange feedback, ask questions or just hang out with new friends in your own private chat room.

We’ve helped hundreds of writer’s get published

I am deeply indebted to my Jericho Writers editor, who has now been with me since 2013 and seen my writing evolve across three manuscripts.

Peter Papathanasiou

Author, ‘Son of Mine’
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Our Course Tutors

Phillip Womack

Children’s author with a love of myths in literature

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Philip Womack is the author of seven critically acclaimed fantasy books for children. His first work of non-fiction, How to Teach Classics to Your Dog, will be published in October 2020, a lively guide to the world and literature of the Ancient Greeks and Romans. He also reviews for national newspapers, including the Times Literary Supplement and Literary Review.

He’s has been an editor and mentor at Jericho Writers for many years and has taught Creative Writing at both BA and MA level. He enjoys getting to grips with students’ work and helping them to understand the techniques and skills they can employ to maximise their potential. Consistent, thoughtful feedback is all-important, and he aims to support and challenge writers to be the best that they can be.

Philip enjoys Children’s books, YA, literary fiction, fantasy, sci-fi & literary biography.

Helen Francis

Faber & Faber editor, literary agent & book scout

Helen Francis has worked in publishing for nearly twenty years in both publishing houses and literary agencies. Previously, Helen was a fiction project editor at Faber and Faber for eight years, and a commissioning fiction editor at Head of Zeus for two. She also ran the Classics list at Vintage, Penguin Random House, and was a freelance commissioning editor for Arcadia Books. Helen has also worked at literary agencies Abner Stein Associates and MBB Creative, and has worked as an international book scout for many years. Helen has taught creative writing and editing at Bath Spa University and is a Jericho Writers editor.

Helen loves contemporary, women’s fiction, literary, crime, YA fiction, amongst a long list of genres!

Lindsey Alexander

Editor at HarperCollins US & acclaimed book coach

Lindsey Alexander started her 15-year editing career at HarperCollins US, collaborating on New York Times best-sellers, multiple award winners and international successes. These days, she helps both veteran and first-time authors across genres achieve their writing and publishing goals. In addition to her work as an editor and book coach, Lindsey has taught writing through the New School University, where she taught under the guidance of National Book Award winner Sigrid Nunez; San Francisco’s Writing Salon; Rutgers University’s One-on-One Plus Conference; and elsewhere.

Among Lindsey’s favourite genres are middle-grade/young adult; romance; mystery/thriller; literary fiction; and humour.

Wes Brown

Lecturer & narrative nonfiction PhD candidate

Wes Brown is a writer, editor and researcher with a background in the publishing industry and many years’ experience of teaching creative writing. He’s published novels, short stories, reviews and poems, and is currently writing an auto-fiction about his time as a pro-wrestler. Wes has taught Creative Writing at the University of Kent, the University of East London and the City Lit and he’s also been awarded a CHASE PhD scholarship to research Narrative Non-Fiction. Wes strongly believes in working with authors to achieve their own artistic ideals rather than project his own.

Wes loves non-fiction narratives, memoirs, contemporary fiction and YA.

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Frequently asked


Who is this course for?

This course is perfect for anyone serious about writing a novel and seeing it traditionally published, or successfully self-published. Ideally, students on the course have already working on a draft they’d like to write and polish. The mentoring aspect of this course will be completely personalised to you, so we’ll work from whatever your starting point happens to be. 


Do you handle all genres? What about creative non-fiction? What about children’s and Young Adult?

We warmly welcome writers in almost every genre, from very literary to commercial. Our tutors work across a diverse list of fiction and creative non-fiction genres. We certainly also welcome YA writers. If you write for much younger children, the course may be less suitable – but feel free to ask. 


I have a full time job / family commitments. Can I do this course in my spare time?

Yes. We purposely designed this course to fit in around your other commitments. Bear in mind that we will be asking you to write (or rewrite) your novel, as well as engage with teaching material and other online/offline events throughout the year. If you think you can manage that, we’ll be happy to accommodate you – and of course we’ll be as flexible as we can be.


Do I need to be available at set times every week?

For the most part, you’ll be able to work to a schedule that suits you. There will be at least two monthly zoom calls. All calls will be recorded, so if you can’t make the live session, you’ll be able to watch the replay. The only truly fixed parts of the calendar are the two live events in March and September. While access to our live events is included, students will be required to pay for their own travel to and from live events, including any additional expenses incurred.


Will the online elements of the course be easy to use?

We use an easy-to-navigate online teaching platform to provide our virtual classrooms. It’s incredibly user-friendly and you’ll have no difficulty understanding what to do. The course will also have its own private space within Jericho Community, and we’ll maintain that group permanently, so your course friendships can long outlast the end of the course. If you do need help at any stage, we’ll be on hand. 


Do you have bursaries available?

While we don’t have a full bursary available for this course, we want to help great writers get published, and if your personal circumstances make it impossible for you to fund the full price of this course, please get in touch. We can’t make any promises, but we’ll always do what we can.