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Ultimate Novel Writing Course | International
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 closed. You can register your interest for the Spring 24 course below.
Questions? Book a call with our Courses team at a time that suits you.
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: $7000 (USD) paid upfront or split into 11 monthly instalments of $700 (totalling $7700 USD).
Location: Online (open to students worldwide, with all calls taking place at EST).
Entry: By application only. Download a brochure to find out how to apply.
Application deadline: 17 September 2023.
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 Cecile B Literary Agency, Transatlantic, Writers House, Folio Literary Management, 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?
Our connections are now yours
We’re partnering with the renowned Cecile B Literary Agency to give them an exclusive first look at our Ultimate Novel Writing Course students’ hard work. At the end of the course, we’ll send your submission pack to the Cecile B Literary Agency for you, with the guarantee that an agent will read your extract. You’ll receive personal feedback to help you refine your manuscript and give you a head start on your agent search.
Cecile B Literary Agency is a full-service agency that represents fiction and nonfiction for which they see a worldwide readership. They handle international rights on behalf of authors, literary agents, and publishers. With experience in most genres, their strongest interest is in upmarket cross-over fiction with a universal appeal and international setting. The subjects and themes of their nonfiction cross borders, strike a cord emotionally, and focus on personal growth.
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.
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 in New York, 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.
Lindsey Alexander (USA & Canada)
Sought-after book editor, formerly of HarperCollins
Specialisms: Among Lindsey’s favourite genres are historical fiction, romance, mystery/thriller, literary fiction, young adult, and humour.
Lindsey Alexander (she/her) started her 20-year editing career at HarperCollins US. She’s helped authors across a range of genres launch their careers and has worked with
numerous publishers and literary agencies to develop and hone some of the best-loved books of the last two decades. Among the books Lindsey has edited are numerous New
York Times and USA Today best-sellers, a finalist for the PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction, and a winner of an Agatha Award. Authors she’s had the privilege of working with include
Rhys Bowen, Delia Ephron, Matthew Salesses, Jane Healey, Joy Jordan-Lake, Bernadette Calonego, Amy Butcher, Sheila Yasmin Marikar, Dr. Ruth Westheimer, Queen Latifah, and
Steve Madden, among many others. A number of books she’s edited have been optioned for film and published in translation. Lindsey received her MFA in Fiction from the New
School University, under the advisement of Helen Schulman, and recently had the privilege of studying the craft of novel writing with Rebecca Makkai. With her well-rounded
knowledge of both the art of storytelling and the ins and outs of the publishing industry, Lindsey is sought after as an editor, book coach, and educator. This will be her fourth year teaching on the Ultimate Novel Writing Course.
Eliza Knight (USA & Canada)
Bestselling hybrid author, speaker, and mentor
Specialisms: Eliza enjoys a variety of fiction including historical, literary, women’s fiction, book club, romance, crime, thriller, contemporary and young adult. She also loves memoir and biographical.
Eliza (E.) Knight is an award-winning, USA Today and internationally bestselling hybrid (traditionally and self-published) author of over eighty titles. Her latest novel, Starring Adele Astaire, was released this year with William Morrow (HarperCollins). In 2013 she was named Romance Writers of America’s PRO Mentor of the Year, and in 2017 she was accepted into RWA’s Honor Roll for selling over 100,000 copies of her self-published title The Highlander’s Reward. In addition to her own indie publishing, Eliza is contracted with Lake Union Publishing, Sourcebooks and William Morrow (HarperCollins), as well as has audio contracts with Tantor and Blackstone Audio. Her books have been translated into several languages. She is a member of the Historical Novel Society, Novelists Inc., Women’s Fiction Writers Association and Tall Poppy Writers. With her expertise in the industry, she is in high demand to present workshops on writing and publishing, both online and in-person at international, national and local conferences and literary festivals. She continues to mentor new writers one-on-one throughout the year.
Liz Monument (Australia, New Zealand, and International)
Full-time novelist, writing coach, and editor
Specialisms: Liz specialises in dystopian, science fiction, historical, fantasy, literary fusions, and anything quirky or genre-bending. Please note that Liz is based in Australia so all her group calls will be held at AEST.
Liz is a writer, editor and writing coach interested in fiction of all kinds, from sci-fi to historical. Her first two novels are science fiction; her third is a literary genre-fusion, written for a PhD in Creative Writing; her fourth work-in-progress is a triple timeline gothic thriller. Liz works with a variety of clients including Jericho Writers and HarperCollins. She actively collaborates with selected international literary agencies to accelerate the submission process for writers of talent.
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 started working on a draft they’d like to write and polish. 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.
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. We recommend approximately 10 hours should be spent on the course each week to get the most from it. 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, which is incredibly user-friendly so you’ll have no difficulty understanding what to do. You’ll also have access to the teaching platform forums indefinitely, 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.
This year we have also introduced CORE – a more affordable version of the course that includes the course content, the end-of-course showcase and one agent one-to-one session, but without the intensive mentoring and some of the additional benefits you get from the full course.
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 (UK & Europe) will take place at Greenwich Mean Time (GMT).
Where can I get a complete course outline?
You can find the full course outline in our prospectus.
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 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 applicants 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 firstname.lastname@example.org, or call us on UK: +44 (0)330 043 0150, or US: +1 (646) 974 9060.
Got a question?
Speak to our Courses team today at a time that suits you! We’d love to hear from you.
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 New York. 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.
Hall of Fame
We’re so proud to see our students’ novels get snapped up by publishers and land in the hands of readers across the globe. Could yours be next?
Got a question?
Speak to our Courses team today at a time that suits you! We’d love to hear from you.
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