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

THE ULTIMATE NOVEL WRITING COURSE SUMMER 2022/23

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

Write, edit and finish your novel

This year-long course combines online mentoring, weekly tutorials and editorial feedback, with exclusive events, literary agent feedback, and a physical live event. Start with a work in progress – 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.

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.

Applications for the Ultimate Novel Writing Course Summer 2022/2023 are now closed.

Watch this space for information about the next course.

This course at a glance:


Online Learning

Combined with an in-person event

A One Year Course

July 2022 – June 2023

Flexible Payments

Pay upfront or in instalments

Key Information

Date: July 2022 – June 2023

Duration: 1 year

Price: £4,500 paid upfront or split into 10 monthly instalments of £495 (totalling £4,950).

Entry: By application only. Please note applications for the Summer 2022 course are now closed. (More information about applying for the next course is coming soon.)

Location: Online with a UK event (open to students worldwide, GMT).

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

What the course includes

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.

Weekly 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 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. Plus, you’ll receive two online agent one-to-one sessions during the course.

Networking Event

Join us in Oxford for an in-person event at the end of your course. Meet your peers and tutors plus a handpicked selection of literary agents. The event will be a celebration dinner with drinks, and a chance to talk about your finished manuscript with agents. There will also be an online alternative.

Our Agency Partnership


We’re excited to be collaborating with The Madeleine Milburn Literary Agency for the 2022/23 summer course, to help Ultimate Novel Writing Course students get their work discovered. Madeleine Milburn is renowned for talent spotting new writers and launching authors’ careers, negotiating major deals across all media including print, digital, translation and Film & TV, and turning books into bestsellers.

All students with a finished novel will have their work considered by the agency and will receive personalised feedback to help refine their submission.

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.

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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A Flexible Course for Serious Writers

We built this course to give you everything you’d get from an MA plus much, more more. Alongside weekly online tutorials, you’ll receive one-to-one support, editorial feedback, networking opportunities and peer-to-peer feedback.

What’s Included in Your Ultimate Novel Writing Course:

Mentoring

Mentoring

Your personal mentor is here to give you regular individual feedback on your work. You’ll have monthly one-to-ones throughout the year as your work processes.

Weekly Tutorials

Weekly Tutorials

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.

Editorial Feedback

Editorial Feedback

You’ll get a detailed, full-length editorial report on up to 100,000 words from your assigned mentor after your first draft, and support as you implement any changes.

Publication Support

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 after the course from our team.

Networking Events

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 top agents across the UK. Last year, over 30% of all students featured received a full manuscript request.

Community

Community

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.

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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Your Course Tutors

You’ll get to know each tutor during the course during the various modules across the year. 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.

Anna Vaught


Specialisms: Literary and commercial fiction (particularly gothic, magical realism and historic), short story collections.

Anna is the author of four books, most recently ‘Famished’ published by Influx Press in 2020. She has been a columnist for The Bookseller and has had pieces featured in numerous literary journals and the national press. Her second short story collection, ‘Ravished’, will be published by Reflex Press in 2022. Anna is a teacher, who works as a guest lecturer and mentor at various arts organisations, helping writers find their paths.

As a writer working alongside chronic illness with caring responsibilities, Anna is passionate about helping writers to overcome their barriers – whatever they may be.

Emma Cooper


Specialisms: Contemporary, literary, women’s fiction, romance.

Emma is the author of three highly acclaimed book club novels which mix humour with darker emotional themes. Her debut, ‘The Songs of Us’, was shortlisted for the RNA contemporary novel of the year award and her work has since been translated into seven languages.

Emma came to writing later in life and, as a time-poor mother of four, wrote her debut during lunch hours of her full-time job. She went on to run her own successful editing service working with both traditionally published authors and new writers. As a passionate advocate for working-class writers, Emma loves to help others on their road to publication.

Marcus Sedgwick


Specialisms: All genre fiction, literary, subject-led non-fiction and YA.

Marcus is the author of over 50 fiction and non-fiction books. He is best known for his award-winning YA novels including ‘Midwinterblood’, winner of the Michael L. Printz Award. His books have been published in over 30 counties.

Marcus has helped many writers over the years both in his roles tutoring with Arvon and Ty Newydd and as the Author in Residence at Bath Spa University. He has written for many national newspapers including The Sunday Times and The Guardian. Before he was a full-time writer, Marcus worked in publishing.

Did you miss the deadline?

Not to worry – information about the next Ultimate Novel Writing Course is coming soon, so watch this space.

Find out why students love this course

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
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

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. 

5

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.

6

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 one call with the entire group a month, which will be recorded and available to watch on replay. There will also be smaller group calls that will be set with your mentor. The only truly fixed part of the calendar is the end-of-course in-person event in Oxford. While access to this event is included, students will be required to pay for their own travel to and from the event, including any additional expenses incurred. There will be an online event for those unable to attend the Oxford event (details of this will be released at a later date).

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 live events will take place at Greenwich Mean Time (GMT).

If you’re based on a more international time zone, we do have an International Ultimate Novel Writing Course taking place in the winter of 2022 which will take place on Eastern Time (ET). To get the flavour of our previous US course offering, click here.

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Where can I get a complete course outline?

More information about the next Ultimate Novel Writing Course will be coming soon – so watch this space.

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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. 

When you apply, you will be asked to describe your idea; your personal goals and upload a sample of your work. 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.

Please note, applications for the Summer 2022 course are now closed. More information about applying for the next course is coming soon.

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.