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

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Write a publishable novel in a year with The Ultimate Novel Writing Course. A flexible course for serious writers.
Applications for the 2021/22 course are now closed.

Turn your work into 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 new draft – 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 and are ready to make their writing a priority this year. It’s open internationally for writers from all over the world, and all online calls and events will take place at Greenwich Mean Time (GMT).

Applications for the Ultimate Novel Writing Course 2021/2022 are now closed.

This course at a glance:

Online Learning

Combined with two UK events

A One Year Course

October 2021 – September 2022

Flexible Payments

Pay upfront or in instalments

Key Information

Date: October – September

Duration: 1 year

Price: £4,500 or 10 monthly instalments of £495

Entry: By application only. Applications for the 2021/22 course are now closed.

Location: Online (open to students worldwide, GMT).

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.

Peer-Feedback and Lifelong Friends

During the course, there are many opportunities to meet with your cohort. There will be weekly peer-feedback, monthly calls, and even a monthly online Writing Sprint for you to engage with a community of like-minded writers.

Direct Feedback From Literary Agents

We’ve teamed up with leading literary agents, 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 where you can meet literary agents and pitch your finished novel.

Marjacq Literary Agency

We’re excited to be collaborating with Marjacq literary agency for the 2021/22 course to help Ultimate Novel Writing Course students get their work discovered. Marjacq is a full-service literary agency. They represent a diverse range of writers of fiction and non-fiction, for adults, young adults and children.

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

Marjacq Agency

Marjacq Agency is delighted to team up with Jericho Writers on their Ultimate Novel Writing Course. We’ve been working with Jericho for a number of years now and are always impressed with the talented writers they champion. The Ultimate Novel Writing course is our biggest collaboration to date and we cannot wait to read and discover some brilliant authors

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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.

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.


I loved everything about the UNWC.  The tutorials were thought-provoking, the group sessions were fun and the mentoring in particular was absolutely top-notch.  This was the first time anyone had taken me seriously as a writer — my mentor both encouraged and challenged me.  And when I had my manuscript ready, Jericho’s support was instrumental in my agent search.  I’m hugely thankful that I had the chance to take this course!

Jack Lutz

UNWC student 19/20 and author of ‘London in Black’ (Pushkin Vertigo, 2022)
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Our Course Tutors

Philip Womack

Children’s author with a love of myths in literature

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Philip Womack is the author of eight critically acclaimed fantasy books for children. His first work of non-fiction for adults, How to Teach Classics to Your Dog, was published in October 2020, being a lively guide to the world and literature of the Ancient Greeks and Romans. Write Your Own Myths, a Creative Writing guide for children, appeared in April 2021. He also reviews for national newspapers, including the Times Literary Supplement and Literary Review.

He 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

Former editor at Faber & Faber, book doctor & 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!

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.

Helen Cox

Author, culture journalist, and creative writing tutor

Helen Cox is a hybrid author with more than a decade of experience in writing and publishing. Starting out with a career in culture journalism, Helen had her work published by media outlets such as The Guardian, The Spectator and Film4.Com before turning her hand to longer prose. Helen has since had her non-fiction and fiction works published by The History Press, HarperCollins, Quercus Books and several European publishers in translation. She has also independently published a range of fiction, non-fiction and poetry books. Helen has taught creative writing at City Lit and Keats House, and has appeared as a guest lecturer at the College of North East London. Helen’s writing philosophy centres on serving a specific readership while also remaining true to the author’s overall vision. 

Helen’s favourite genres are romance, historical fiction, mystery, fairytale and adventure. 

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Brian Gresko

Author, Editor, and Writing Coach

For almost fifteen years, Brian Gresko (he/him, they/them) has been writing, editing, and coaching authors through all stages of the publishing process. He launched his career while a stay-at-home-dad, an experience which led to the anthology he edited – When I First Held You: 22 Critically Acclaimed Writers Talk About the Triumphs, Challenges, and Transformative Experience of Fatherhood. His fiction and nonfiction appear in a variety of venues, from Poets & Writers Magazine, to Joyland Magazine, The Atlantic, The Literary Hub, and Longreads, among many others. He’s passionate about literary community, and co-runs Brooklyn’s longest running reading series, Pete’s Reading Series. Brian received his MFA in Creative Writing from The New School, and graduated from Oberlin College as a first-generation college student with a self-designed, cross-disciplinary major entitled “Narrativity in Film.” He identifies as white and gender nonconforming. 

Brian loves memoir and narrative nonfiction, and while he adores realistic literary fiction, he holds a special place in his heart for genre fiction of all types, from science fiction to horror to mystery.   

Natasha Bell

Cross-genre author, editor and tutor

Natasha is an author, PhD researcher and creative writing tutor. Her novels His Perfect Wife and This Nowhere Place are available from Penguin. She’s also published a memoir with HarperCollins and short stories in a variety of journals and anthologies.

She holds an MA in Creative and Life Writing from Goldsmiths and is studying towards a practice-led PhD in autofiction. In addition to editing and mentoring with Jericho Writers, she teaches workshop and novel-writing courses at City Lit and mentors for The Riff Raff. She’s also worked as a sub-editor at The Press Association.

She loves narrative in all forms, but has a particular passion for psychological suspense, women’s fiction and stories that blur the line between truth and fiction.


The course has been amazing so far. I’ve really enjoyed it and my writing has excelled dramatically, with feedback, the exercises and reading set, and making time for my manuscript.

Verity H

UNWC student 20/21
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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. 


What is the application process?

We invite writers from all backgrounds to apply to this course, whatever their educational backgrounds or prior achievements. We do however ask that all applicants are genuinely committed to a career as an author. 

If you feel this best describes you, please download a full-course prospectus here and follow the links to the application page. This page will ask you to describe your idea; your personal goals and upload a sample of your work. 

We aim to respond to all applications in two weeks. All work will be forwarded to the course tutors who will make the final decision on entry according to which writers they feel show commitment and commercial viability. 

If you have any questions about the application process, you can email us on [email protected], or call us on UK: +44 (0)345 459 9560, or US: +1 (646) 974 9060. 


Where can I get a complete course outline?

We have a full prospectus for you, simply complete the prospectus form


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.


Is this course suitable for international students?

Yes. We have a very international client base already and we welcome applications from anywhere in the world. It’s open internationally for writers from all over the world, and all online calls and live events will take place at Greenwich Mean Time (GMT).

If you’re based in more international time zones, our Ultimate Novel Writing Course (International) will take place at Eastern Time (ET).