Writing a Novel: How to Get Started (short course)

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Why study this course?

The course will provide an introduction to writing a novel, from the first nurturing of an idea to the completion of a full draft and beyond. You will look at how to set down a draft, which will help you make important decisions on style and structure. This will be done through group discussion, some reading and analysis, as well as a variety of straightforward writing exercises, all undertaken in an encouraging and enjoyable environment. 

More about this course

This short course will cover the essentials for anyone beginning a piece of long-form fiction, under the guidance of a published novelist. It will open by asking the big initial questions: how will I tell my story? What sort of novel do I want to write? Where and how will I find inspiration and sustain it throughout the writing process? From there, it will look in more detail at how to set down a draft, providing help with important decisions involving style and structure. This will be done through group discussion, some reading and analysis and a variety of straightforward writing exercises, all undertaken in an encouraging and enjoyable environment.

Fees and key information

Course type
Short Course
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Who's this course for?

This course is suitable for beginners and also those who have already started to write fiction and are looking for guidance as they embark on their first piece of long-form work.

Course structure

This course will give you the confidence to turn an idea into a novel. You will learn how to:
  • hone an initial concept
  • plan, write and develop a draft
  • edit and improve your work after completion and define its place in the literary market
 
The course will provide an introduction to writing a novel, from the first nurturing of an idea to the completion of a full draft and beyond. Sessions will include:
  • Reading and writing: how to find inspiration and manage your influences
  • Routine and discipline: finding the time to write
  • Research: knowing what you need and when to stop
  • Planning and preparation: getting the novel ready to be written
  • Style and setting: how to establish a sense of time and place
  • Point of view and characterisation: developing a narrative voice
  • Arcs and structure: deciding where your book is going and how it will get there
  • Closure: how to bring your story to its conclusion
  • Where to go next: a look at the publishing industry

Course dates

Course dates

Autumn dates will be confirmed in August

Length One?day a week for ten sessions
Day and time Tuesday,?6.30pm to 8.30pm
Maximum class size 15
Contact hours 20

Discounts

A 20% discount is available for:

  • those who are registered as unemployed and in receipt of Jobseeker's Allowance (JSA), Employment and Support Allowance (ESA) or Universal Credit
  • those whose sole or main income is a Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) state retirement pension
  • those who are registered as disabled and in receipt of Disability Living Allowance (DLA) or Personal Independence Payment (PIP)
  • full-time and part-time UK students on credit-bearing courses
  • London Metropolitan University students on year-long day courses
  • London Metropolitan University alumni members
  • London Metropolitan University staff

If you're eligible for the 20% discount, please contact us before booking.

What's included in the price?

The cost of materials is included in the course fee.

Terms and conditions

Please read our?terms and conditions?before booking.

How to apply

Booking for this course isn't open at this time as the dates of the next intake are not yet confirmed. Please get in touch for further information or register your interest to receive notification as soon as booking opens.

When to apply

Please note, the deadline to book a place on one of our short courses is one week before the start date. If you have missed the deadline, please get in touch and we will do our best to accommodate you.

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