Ultimate Novel Writing Course US – Jericho Writers
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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GET YOUR WORK DISCOVERED

Write a publishable novel in a year with The Ultimate Novel Writing Course. A flexible course for serious writers.
Applications for the October 2022 course are now closed.

Ultimate Novel Writing Course | North America & Australasia

This year-long course combines online mentoring, weekly tutorials and editorial feedback, with exclusive events, literary agent feedback, and a face-to-face networking event. Start with a work in progress – end with the tools and contacts you need to get published.

This course at a glance:

A One Year Course

October 2022 – September 2023

Online Learning

Combined with an in-person event

Flexible Payments

Pay upfront or in instalments

Key Information

Date: October 2022 – September 2023

Duration: 1 year

Price: $7000 (USD) paid upfront or split into 11 monthly instalments of $700 (totalling $7700 USD).

Entry: By application only. Applications for the October 2022 course are now closed. Download a prospectus for more information about the course.

Location: Online with an event in the USA (open to students worldwide, ET).

Questions? Contact our courses today via email or phone us on 0345 459 9560

Our connections are now yours


During the course, we’ll give you the opportunity to get feedback on your writing in two one-to-one sessions with agents of your choice. This is your chance to speak directly with top literary agents and get personalised, constructive feedback on your work over the phone.

This is an invaluable and unique opportunity to see your manuscript from an agent’s point-of-view, and to receive insightful advice from those in the industry. Each agent you choose will provide personal feedback on your covering letter, synopsis, and the first 5,000 words of your manuscript.

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 more than 60 literary agents.

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.

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 available to answer specific questions about how to get your novel to where you want it to be.

Editorial Feedback

Your personal mentor will provide a detailed, full-length manuscript assessment on the first 100,000 words of your novel, and support you as you implement any changes.

Weekly Tutorials

You’ll learn the craft of professional writing in detailed weekly tutorials – from plotting, to self-editing. You’ll also hear from special guest tutors throughout the course, such as top authors and literary agents.

Community

You’ll be part of an exclusive group for Ultimate Novel students in our online community. You can exchange feedback, ask questions, or just hang out with new friends in your own private chat room. You’ll also get access to all Jericho Writers exclusive membership content – for life.

Networking Events

You’ll attend an in-person networking event with handpicked agents, plus have your work featured in our end-of-year anthology which is sent to our database of top literary agents.

Publication Support

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 from our team after the course comes to an end.

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.

DECEMBER : Setting

It’s time to start writing your novel. This month, we’ll look at how you can maximise the potential of your setting.

JANUARY : Character

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.

JUNE : Self-editing

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 in New York to celebrate your achievements! Meet your peers and tutors for the first time in person, while you network with a handpicked selection of literary agents.

Get to know your tutors

One tutor will be your personal mentor and will 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

Specialisms: Historical fiction, romance, mystery/thriller,
literary fiction, young adult, and humour.

Lindsey Alexander (she/her) started her 18-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, San Francisco’s Writing Salon, and elsewhere.

Liz Monument

Specialisms: Dystopian, science fiction, historical, fantasy, literary fusions, and anything quirky or genre-bending.

Liz Monument is a writer, editor, and writing coach working with all kinds of fiction, 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. Prior to becoming a full-time novelist and script editor, Liz taught in the creative arts field for 22 years. She now works with a wide range of clients, including Jericho Writers and HarperCollins.

Please note that Liz is based in Australia so all her group calls will be held at AEST.

I’m truly excited to be working with emerging writers on the International Novel Writing Course. The best thing about mentoring clients long-term is that I get to watch them evolve and grow. From the side-lines, I’ll be steering the skills every writer needs to hone.
Liz Monument, UNWC Tutor

Donna Freitas

Specialisms: Contemporary fiction, women’s fiction, literary fiction, science fiction, fantasy, children’s, young adult, and non-fiction of all kinds.

Donna Freitas has written more than twenty books, both fiction and nonfiction, for adults, children, and young adults. Her most recent novel, ‘The Nine Lives of Rose Napolitano’, was released with Viking/Penguin (U.S.) and Harper Collins (UK) in 2021, and is being published in twenty languages. Donna loves writing all kinds of books; from the literary memoir, ‘Consent: A Memoir of Unwanted Attention’ (Hachette/Little, Brown, 2019), to the sci-fi YA trilogy she published with HarperTeen (‘Unplugged’), to her more serious, academic nonfiction, ‘Consent on Campus: A Manifesto’.

Sara Lippmann

Specialisms: A lover of stories big and small, Sara gravitates toward literary fiction.

Sara Lippmann (she/her) is the author of the story collection Doll Palace (re-released by 713 Books), and Jerks 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 Literary Hub, The Washington Post, Best Small Fictions, Split Lip, and elsewhere. She holds a BA from Brown and an MFA from the New School and lives with her family in Brooklyn. Her debut
novel, LECH, will be published by Tortoise Books in October.

The UNWC team is fantastic. They want every writer to succeed. Their support and encouragement made all the difference. The structure of the course is brilliant – moving monthly through different focuses such as POV, setting, character, pacing, voice, all the way to endings and publishing. My mentor Philip’s notes gave me the inspiration and guidance I needed to finish my manuscript. If you’re thinking about signing up for the UNWC and wondering if it’s worthwhile – do it! I accomplished so much.
Victoria F, UNWC student 20/21
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We helped Jack go from first draft to published book

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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The course has been amazing so far.


I have never studied any form of creative writing past school, as I was afraid of turning it into a chore, so I was apprehensive about starting knowing I might be swimming in the deep end. On the contrary I’ve really enjoyed it and my writing has excelled dramatically, with feedback, the exercises and reading set and making time for my MS.

Verity H, UNWC student 20/21

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We’ve helped hundreds of authors achieve their goals

I signed up for the Ultimate Novel Writing Course in 2019 and this proved to be one of the best decisions of my writing career.

Carol Lupton

UNWC student 19/20 and author of ‘Red Dirt Girl’ (The Book Guild, 2022)
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I am overwhelmed with how much I have learnt about the craft of writing over the last four months, and I have been writing for years. I have also attended many creative writing short courses but realize now how lightweight and inadequate some of them have been. UNWC really is the ultimate course in every way and I am thrilled to be a participant. The opportunity to be mentored by a successful author is awesome and she makes sure that we put our new skills into practice. Loving every minute.
Wendy W, UNWC student 20/21

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Frequently asked
questions

1

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. 

2

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. 

3

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.

4

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.

5

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. 

6

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.

7

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).

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Where can I get a complete course outline?

You can find the full course outline in our prospectus.

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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 [email protected], or call us on UK: +44 (0)345 459 9560, or US: +1 (646) 974 9060.