Ultimate Novel Writing Course UK Europe
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Ultimate Novel Writing Course | UK & Europe
This year-long course combines online mentoring, weekly tutorials and editorial feedback, literary agent feedback and an exclusive online networking event. Start with a work in progress – end with the tools and contacts you need to get published.
Applications for the Winter 2023/24 course are now open. Our next course will start in October 2023. Apply before 30 June to save £450.
This course at a glance
A One Year Course
October 2023 – September 2024
Combined with opportunities to get your work seen by agents
Pay upfront or in instalments
Date: October 2023 – September 2024
Duration: 1 year
Price: £4,950 paid upfront or split into 11 monthly instalments of £495 (totalling £5,445).
Entry: By application only. Download a prospectus to find out how to apply.
Location: Online (open to students worldwide, with all calls taking place at GMT/BST).
Questions? Contact our courses today via email or phone us on +44 (0)330 043 0150
Our connections are now yours
We’re partnering with top literary agency Peters Fraser + Dunlop to give them an exclusive first look at our Ultimate Novel Writing Course students’ hard work and submissions. If you have a finished novel by the end of the course, we’ll send your submission pack to Peters Fraser + Dunlop for you, with the guarantee that an agent will read your work.
You’ll receive personal feedback to help you refine your manuscript and give you a head start on your agent search.
Get your work discovered
Make sure your words are seen by the right people! At the end of the Ultimate Novel Writing Course, a sample of each student’s work is sent to our database of top literary agents, including Peters Fraser + Dunlop, Madeleine Milburn, The Soho Agency, and more.
Last year, more than 30% of our students received a full manuscript request from the anthology alone, so what are you waiting for?
A flexible course for serious writers
We built this course to give you everything you’d get from an MA plus much, much more. Alongside weekly online tutorials, you’ll receive one-to-one support, editorial feedback, networking opportunities, and peer-to-peer feedback.
Detailed weekly tutorials will teach you the craft of professional writing – from plotting, to editing your own writing. You’ll also hear from special guest tutors such as top authors and literary agents.
Your personal tutor is here to give you regular individual feedback on your work. You’ll have monthly one-to-ones throughout the year as your work progresses and you enhance your creative writing skills.
You’ll get a detailed, full-length editorial report on up to 100,000 words (worth more than £740!) from your assigned mentor after your first draft, and support as you implement any changes.
We’ll introduce you to literary agents through one-to-ones and guest webinars, 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 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.
You’ll attend an in-person celebration dinner, as well as an online networking event with handpicked agents. Plus have your work featured in our end-of-year anthology which is sent to top agents across the UK. Last year, more than 30% of all students featured received a full manuscript request.
Get to know your tutors
You will be assigned a personal tutor to help guide you through the course, providing monthly one-to-one sessions and regular feedback on your work. (You will have the opportunity to select your preferred tutor during the application process). You’ll also get to know the other tutors throughout the course during the various modules across the year.
Cross-genre author, editor, and tutor
Specialisms: Natasha loves narrative in all forms, but has a particular passion for psychological suspense, women’s fiction, queer fiction, and stories that blur the line between truth and imagination.
Natasha is an author, 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 finishing off a practice-led PhD in autofiction. In addition to editing and mentoring with Jericho Writers, she teaches novel-writing at City Lit and Faber Academy and mentors for The Riff Raff. She’s also worked as a sub-editor at The Press Association.
Children’s author with a love of myths in literature
Specialisms: Philip enjoys children’s books, young adult, literary fiction, fantasy, sci-fi & literary biography.
Philip Womack is the author of nine critically acclaimed fantasy books for children. His latest, ‘Ghostlord’, was released in May 2023. His first work of non-fiction for adults, ‘How to Teach Classics to Your Dog’, was published in 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 2021. He also writes reviews for national newspapers, including the Times Literary Supplement, the Financial Times, the Spectator, and the Literary Review.
Philip has been an editor and mentor at Jericho Writers for many years and has taught Creative Writing at both BA and MA level.
Author & lecturer
Specialisms: Wes loves non-fiction narratives, memoirs, literary, crime, true crime, YA, dystopian, and speculative fiction.
Wes Brown is a writer, editor, and critic with a background in the publishing industry and many years’ experience teaching creative writing. He has published novels, short stories, reviews, and poems. His autobiographical novel about pro wrestling, ‘Breaking Kayfabe’, was published in May 2023. Wes has taught Creative Writing at the University of Kent, the University of East London and the City Lit and was awarded a CHASE PhD scholarship to research Narrative Non-Fiction. Wes strongly believes in working with authors to help them achieve their own artistic ideals rather than project his own.
Former editor at Faber & Faber, book doctor, & scout
Specialisms: Helen loves contemporary, women’s fiction, literary, crime, and young adult fiction, amongst a long list of genres.
Helen Francis has worked in publishing for nearly 20 years, in both publishing houses and literary agencies. Helen previously worked as 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, as well 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.
Cross-genre writer, editor, and mentor
Specialisms: Rosie specialises in a wide range of genres, including contemporary, literary, book club, romance, historical fiction, young adult, and crime and thriller.
Rosie has worked as a novelist and as writer, mentor and editor in theatre, television, magazines, advertising, comedy and the corporate market for 30 years. As an editor for Jericho Writers, she has offered advice, support and mentoring to more than fifty novelists.
Rosie Fiore was born and grew up in Johannesburg, South Africa. She holds an MA in Creative Writing from Royal Holloway, and is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. She has also studied playwriting with the National Theatre. She is a teacher of creative writing, effective business writing, and English.
Rosie’s has had eight novels published. She is published by Struik, Quercus and Allen & Unwin under her own name. Last year’s ‘Black’ and ‘Babies in Waiting’ were both longlisted for the South African Sunday Times Literary Award. Rosie is also published by Orion as Cass Hunter. ‘The After Wife’ was translated into nine languages and optioned for a film in China.
Best-selling author, essayist, and comedy writer
Specialisms: Emily-Jane specialises in contemporary fiction, women’s fiction, comedy/satire, historical fiction, picture books, children’s books, plays and screenwriting, memoir/autobiography, narrative non-fiction, subject-led non-fiction.
Emily-Jane Clark is author of the bestseller ‘Sleep is for the Weak’, a part-memoir, part-humorous survival guide for tired parents.
Her first children’s novel was shortlisted for the prestigious Penguin WriteNow Scheme and she has just written a humorous non-fiction book on modern motherhood. She also writes features and essays for New Statesman, Metro UK, Huffington Post, and Mirror Online.
Alongside being a successful comedy writer at the UK’s biggest satirical newspaper The Daily Mash, Emily-Jane has worked on Mock the Week, The Jonathan Ross Show, and Mash Report. Her work includes the viral sketch ‘F**k Off, say women’ starring Ellie Taylor, which has been viewed more than 400 million times on YouTube. Her scripts have also won Craft of Comedy New Writing Award, Sitcom Geeks Script Challenge, reached the finals of Funny Women Awards, and been shortlisted for BBC Writers Room twice.
Writer, publisher, journalist and industry insider
Specialisms: Sam loves all kinds of fiction including contemporary, literary, science fiction, fantasy, crime, thriller, and satire. He’s also an experienced editor of creative non-fiction, including memoirs, autobiographies, and other narrative non-fiction.
Sam is the co-director of award-winning Galley Beggar Press, publishers of Lucy Ellmann’s ‘Ducks’, ‘Newburyport’ and Alex Pheby’s ‘Mordew’. He has written more than a dozen non-fiction titles including the bestselling ‘Crap Towns’ series and ‘Enemies of the People’, a commentary on the folks who brought us Brexit and Trump.
As a journalist, he mainly writes for the Guardian, and mainly about books. He writes fiction and non-fiction reviews and for several years ran the Not The Booker Prize, and the Guardian’s online book club, The Reading Group.
We’ve helped hundreds of writers achieve their goals
But don’t take our word for it! You can check out what our students have to say about their experiences below.
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. This is truly one of the best novel writing courses available. The mentoring aspect of the course will be completely personalised to you, so we’ll work from whatever your starting point happens to be, and provide you with all the writing tips and advice you need.
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 categories, including both creative non-fiction and fiction writing. 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 our 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 within 15 working days. 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@example.com, or call us on UK: +44 (0)330 043 0150, or US: +1 (646) 974 9060.
Where can I get a complete course outline?
You can find the full course outline in our prospectus.
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; flexibility is one of the many benefits of online novel writing courses. 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 part of the calendar is the in-person event at the end of the course. 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 Writers Townhouse, 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 outside of the UK and Europe, our Ultimate Novel Writing Course (International) might be more suitable and will take place at Eastern Time (EST).
Your year at a glance
OCTOBER: Planning your novel
This month, you’ll learn how to plan and structure your novel and put this into action for your own work.
NOVEMBER: Point of view
We’ll explore all the different kinds of point of view; from omniscient and third person limited, to first person, and see how each one can inform our own work.
It’s time to start writing your novel. This month, we’ll look at how you can maximise the potential of your setting.
You’ll learn the techniques and tools you can use to strengthen and develop your characters.
FEBRUARY: Emotion and senses
This month, you’ll study the art of transferring weight of emotion onto objects and atmosphere.
MARCH: Pacing and tension
How do you keep your reader engaged? We’ll discover the importance of building tension, no matter the genre.
APRIL: Voice and style
A well-developed style is like a fingerprint: what can you do to practice yours, and to make your words flow?
MAY: Writing a great ending
By now, you’ll have a working manuscript and be aware of all the techniques that shape your world – so it’s the time to draw upon everything you have learnt so far and nail that ending.
This month, we’ll look at your manuscript in its entirety and learn how to turn that first draft into a masterpiece.
JULY: Getting published
Through detailed tutorials, we’ll learn the art of perfecting your submission package and how to find the best agents for your work.
AUGUST: Author-led marketing and self-publishing
Learn the core tools of self-publishing – which also form the basis for any author-led marketing campaign.
SEPTEMBER: End of course networking event
Join us to celebrate your achievements! Meet your peers and tutors for our end-of-course celebration dinner in London. You’ll also get to take part in an online reading, where you will get the chance to showcase your work to top literary agents.
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Are you ready to take the next step in your writing?
Start with a work in progress – end with the tools and contacts you need to get published. Apply before June 30 for a 10% discount.