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

Terms and Conditions – Ultimate Novel Writing Course Summer 2022/2023

The following terms relate to the Ultimate Novel Writing Course.

TECHNICAL SUPPORT

We endeavour to choose the most user-friendly platforms to deliver this course on. Please note that both Jericho Writers and tutors are not able to offer technical support, so please ensure you have a reasonable understanding of web-browsing before taking this course.

ULTIMATE NOVEL WRITING COURSE – EUROPE WINTER

We welcome students from anywhere in the world – and our client base is already very international. This course is open internationally for writers from all over the world, and all online calls and live events will take place at Greenwich Mean Time (GMT).

Please note that course membership grants access to certain physical events, which take place in the UK. You will be responsible for any travel and accommodation in addition to what is already provided. If you are not able to come to the event, we will make our best efforts to add value remotely, for example by giving you access to filmed versions of events and/or arranging literary agent one-to-ones via Skype or similar. We do not warrant that any such remote-learning tools will equate to the value of the live event itself.

Do note that Jericho Writers has somewhat better connections with literary agents in the UK than the other European countries (though this is changing rapidly.) The agents we mostly work with, however, are very international and are open to clients from anywhere in the world.

ULTIMATE NOVEL WRITING COURSE – INTERNATIONAL WINTER

We welcome students from anywhere in the world – and our client base is already very international. This course is open internationally for writers from all over the world, and all online calls and events will take place at Eastern Time (ET).

Please note that course membership grants access to certain physical events, which take place in the US. You will be responsible for any travel and accommodation in addition to what is already provided. If you are not able to come to the event, we will make our best efforts to add value remotely, for example by giving you access to filmed versions of events and/or arranging literary agent one-to-ones via Skype or similar. We do not warrant that any such remote-learning tools will equate to the value of the live event itself.

Do note that Jericho Writers has somewhat better connections with literary agents in the US than the other international countries (though this is changing rapidly.) The agents we mostly work with, however, are very international and are open to clients from anywhere in the world.

ULTIMATE NOVEL WRITING COURSE – SUMMER

We welcome students from anywhere in the world – and our client base is already very international. This course is open internationally for writers from all over the world, and all online calls and live events will take place at Greenwich Mean Time (GMT).

Please note that course membership grants access to a live event, which takes place in the UK. You will be responsible for any travel and accommodation. If you are not able to come to the event, we will make our best efforts to add value remotely, with an online alternative event. We do not warrant that any such remote-learning tools will equate to the value of the live event itself.

Do note that Jericho Writers has somewhat better connections with literary agents in the UK than the other European countries (though this is changing rapidly.) The agents we mostly work with, however, are very international and are open to clients from anywhere in the world.

YOUR PARTICIPATION

The course works best if you participate in the course and write your novel along broadly speaking the timetable allowed for in the course material. That said, we understand that life can be unpredictable. All students will have lifetime access to course material. Webinars will be recorded and available for replay. We will be happy to extend your access to all digital material for as long as you need. And your assigned tutor will be as flexible as possible if you are obliged to submit work late. In short, we will do what we reasonably can to accommodate life-hiccups.

QUALIFICATIONS

This course does not confer any type of academic qualification, nor will students study literary theory or English literature more generally. If students want those outcomes, they would be better off exploring Masters courses in Creative Writing or Fine Arts.

Students should also expect to self-fund their course. We are not aware of government or charitable bodies that are likely to offer funding.

OUTCOMES

This course has been prepared by experienced editors in conjunction with Jericho Writers, an internationally respected authority on the process of getting writers published or successfully self- published. For the sake of clarity:

  • We cannot guarantee that students will end up securing the services of a literary agent and/or get traditionally published. If a student is traditionally published, there is no guarantee that the financial and other elements of the resultant deal will be satisfactory.
  • We cannot offer any guarantee as to the successful outcome of any self-publishing venture.
  • Timings are exceedingly hard to predict. Some writers find themselves speeding through the journey to publication; for others, the process may take a decade or more – or it may never happen.
  • Our editorial advice is simply that: advice. Students may or may not choose to accept it. They may or may not welcome it. Other third-party editors may or may not identify similar problems and/or recommend specific solutions.
  • Similarly, with our advice on publishing, marketing, self-publishing and related topics. We seek to be informed, intelligent and current with our advice, but our advice may or may not be accepted by students and other third parties may recommend strategies other than those we propose.

In short, though this course is vocational in nature, we cannot guarantee that students will secure the outcomes they want, and that our advice, though experienced, will never be the final or only word on a given topic.

CHANGES

From time to time, a tutor may not be available as scheduled. In those cases, a capable replacement will be made available, where possible. In the event a course session is cancelled, we will endeavor to provide an alternative session, but shall not be obliged to do so, and no part of this course shall not be refundable.

We may also, from time to time, choose to alter the specific subject matter of what is being discussed. In general, the services and benefits of this course should be viewed as a whole, and our primary obligation is to deliver the course such that its overall objectives are effectively fulfilled.

REFUNDS

Before the course starts:

There is a £750 non-refundable deposit when you sign up onto the course. If you make payment for the course and are forced to cancel, we will seek to resell your place. If we are successful, you will receive a full refund, minus the non-refundable deposit of £750.

If we are reselling your place with very little notice, we may be obliged to offer discounts to secure update. This will impact the total refund you will receive once your place is replaced.

If we are not successful in reselling your place, you will not receive a refund.

Once the course starts:

If for any reason you have decided to leave the course after the course starts, you will still be liable for the full fees, both if you have elected to make payments via one lump sum or an instalment plan. Our tutors and staff have committed a large part of their time to be part of the Ultimate Novel Writing Course and your fees contribute to their livelihood. When joining the course, you are committing to this commitment and so a refund would not be possible.

Jericho Writers reserved the right to remove any course participant from the course, as detailed below.

Drop Policy

If a student contacts us to defer or cancel:

According to our refund policy above, students will not get a refund for cancelling or deferring on the course. However, we will try our best to understand the situation and find the best solution per individual case.

We will remind students that they can take various aspects of the course at different times (mentoring, manuscript assessment, networking etc) and Course content will remain available for them.

We will, to our best efforts, make sure that tutor fees aren’t reduced due to dropping students, and we will remind students who contact us to cancel that their fee goes towards their tutor’s wage and it wouldn’t be possible to refund.

However, we will try our best to make students happy and to not make them feel forced to stay on the course. This might mean offering them different services with Jericho Writers or a partial refund.

If a student wants to change groups:

Changing groups is only possible if there are two students who want to swap groups. Ideally, students will talk to other students to find out whether anyone would like to swap and then let us know. This also depends on whether the tutors are happy with this decision.

If a mentor reports a student:

If a mentor reports a particular student, expressing that they do not believe the mentorship is working positively, we will look into the possibility of placing them with a different mentor on the course. If we believe that the student is not well-suited for the course, we will aim to consider different outcomes for the student.

Our Drop Policy

If a student is not following our guidelines, we will issue them with a warning, telling them that further similar actions could result in them being removed from the course or from participating in particular aspects. If the student is still disruptive, we will take further actions.

If a student is asked to leave the course:

If Jericho Writers and the tutor believe that a student should be asked to leave the course after ignoring warnings, we may do so.

A student may be asked to leave the course for breaching one or more of our Code of Conduct, as found below. They will be given one warning before being asked to leave.

We will offer the students solutions based on the situation. If the problems are related to other students, we might remove the student from the mentor group and continue the course as normal.

If the issue goes beyond that and related to the tutor, the student will be asked to leave the course indefinitely. We will try to find a solution for the student that would include using their funds in either separate mentoring or other Jericho Writers services that are better suited for their needs.

Code of Conduct

As a student on the Ultimate Novel Writing Course:

  • I will try to follow all tutorials and complete homework tasks to the assigned deadlines (students will not be penalised if they are unable to complete tasks for any reason).
  • I will keep in correspondence with my mentor to organise and attend mentoring sessions.
  • I will take part in peer-feedback and be respectful and polite when doing so, following the course feedback guidelines.
  • I will treat all work equally, no matter the genre or topic.
  • I will take onboard constructive feedback from my peers and mentor/tutors.
  • I will commit to working on my manuscript with the aim of having a completed manuscript by the end of the course but we understand that life can get in the way and we will support you regardless.
  • I will join in with all calls, webinars and writing sprints when I am available.
  • I will keep my tutor/mentor and the Jericho Writer’s Courses and Mentoring team informed about any changes to my personal or financial circumstances which might prevent me from completing the course.
  • I will not act in an unfriendly or unpleasant manner to my fellow students, tutors/mentors or Jericho Writer’s staff.
  • In my communications with course participants and tutors, I will not use racist, sexist, homophobic, transphobic, sexually explicit or abusive terms or images, or swear words or language which is likely to cause offence. We do not tolerate hate in any form.
  • I may engage in debate where appropriate to the learning experience but I will not deliberately attack or offend others.
  • I will not insult, harass, or bully any of my peers or tutors in anyway. I will aim to be honest, critical and kind in feedback and communication.