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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 coaching and editorial feedback, with physical live events in the United States. 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 coaching, 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 who are ready to make 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 Eastern Time (ET).
Applications for The Ultimate Novel Writing Course International 2021/22 are now closed.
This course at a glance:
Combined with two US events
A One Year Course
October 2021 –
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 International.
Connect with your personal coach 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 coach read your work, or an outside expert option – the choice is yours.
Peer-feedback and lifelong writing friends
During the course, there are many opportunities to meet with your cohort. Whether that’s on one of the weekly online peer-feedback sessions, live calls, or at our monthly online Writing Sprints where you can engage with a community of like-minded writers.
Direct Feedback From Literary Agents
We’ve teamed up with Transatlantic Agency, who will offer all students with a finished novel by the end of the course written 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 United States where you can meet literary agents and pitch your finished novel. While access to our live events are included, students will be required to pay for their own travel to and from live events, including any additional expenses incurred.
We’re excited to be collaborating with Transatlantic Agency for the 2021/22 International course. The Transatlantic Agency is a leading literary agency based in North America, to help Ultimate Novel Writing students get their work discovered.
All students with a finished novel will have their work considered by the agency and will receive personalised feedback to help refine their submission.
Date: 1 October 2021 – 4 September 2022
Duration: 1 year
Price: $6,400 or 10 monthly instalments of $700
Entry: By application only. Applications for the 2021/22 course are now closed.
Location: Online (open to students worldwide, ET).
A Flexible Course for Writers
Your personal coach is here to give you regular individual feedback on your work. You’ll have multiple one-to-ones throughout the year as your work progresses.
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 coach 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.
Alongside an extensive online events program, students will be invited to two in-person industry events based in the United States. Full details will be released soon.
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.
Our Course Tutors
Former HarperCollins US Editor & acclaimed book coach
Lindsey Alexander (she/her) 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.
Novelist, Creative Writing (Fiction and Non-Fiction) Educator, and Editor
A.E. Osworth (they/them) is a transgender novelist. Their first book, ‘We Are Watching Eliza Bright’ (Grand Central Publishing, 2021) is a fictionalization of Gamergate set in a post-2016 Presidential Election New York City, and is narrated, collectively and unreliably, by both Reddit and a queer art commune. They have a nine-year freelance career and their essays and interviews can be found on Autostraddle, Guernica, Mashable, Quartz, Electric Literature and Paper Darts, among others. Their creative writing pedagogy centers on joy, play and intellectually rigorous praise. They work with all genres in fiction and non-fiction.
While Osworth most often writes literary fiction, thriller and speculative fiction, they are comfortable working with all fiction genres and have a particular focus on using genre expectations to build tension, especially in work that refuses a classic single categorization.
Author and Creative Writing Tutor
Sara Lippmann (she/her) has written for national magazines, co-hosted the longstanding NYC reading series Sunday Salon, and taught creative writing at Rutgers University, St. Joseph’s College, and for various outposts online and privately. She is the author of the story collections Doll Palace (rereleased by 713 Books), and Jerks, forthcoming from Mason Jar Press. She was awarded an artist’s fellowship in fiction from New York Foundation for the Arts, and her work has appeared in The Millions, The Washington Post, Epiphany, and elsewhere, and in the anthologies Best Small Fictions 2020 (Sonder Press), Mamas and Papas (San Diego City Works Press), and New Voices: Contemporary Voices Confronting the Holocaust (forthcoming from Blue Lyra Press.) She holds a BA from Brown and MFA from the New School. Her debut novel, LECH, will be published by Tortoise Books in 2022.
A lover of short stories big and small, Sara gravitates toward literary fiction and creative nonfiction.
Make this the year you write your novel and get it published
This course combines everything we’re passionate about and rolls it into one, ultimate novel writing course for international students.
From expert tuition, revealing manuscript assessments, life-changing events and publication assistance – if you’re serious about writing a novel and getting it published, then this course has (quite literally) been made for you.
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.
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 events will take place at Eastern Time (ET).
If you’re based in Europe, our Ultimate Novel Writing Course (EU) will take place at Greenwich Mean Time (GMT).
Where can I get a complete course outline?
We have a full prospectus for you, simply complete the prospectus form.
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.
Need some extra help?
Get in touch with our Writers Support team who will be happy to help!