Begin Your Novel Course

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TUTOR: Kerry Hadley-Pryce is a Visiting Lecturer at the University of Wolverhampton and the editor of The Blackcountryman magazine. Her first novel, The Black Country, published by Salt Publishing in 2015, was part of her MA Creative Writing at the Manchester Writing School, for which she gained a distinction and was awarded the Michael Schmidt Prize for Outstanding Achievement 2013–14. She is currently a PhD candidate at Manchester Metropolitan University researching Psychogeographic Flow and Black Country Writing. She has had several short stories published in various anthologies and online at Fictive Dream and The Incubator. Her second novel, Gamble, also published by Salt Publishing in June 2018, was shortlisted for the Encore Second Novel Award 2019.

Start Date: 14th May, 2024

Duration: 6 Weeks

Fee: £160

3 places remaining

Commence Your Novel Writing Journey: Join Our 6-Week Online Writing Course

Begin your exciting novel writing journey with our 6-week online writing course. Designed to inspire and guide aspiring authors, this course offers personalised guidance, weekly assignments, and flexible learning modules. Whether you’re new to writing or seeking fresh inspiration, this course is tailored for you. Register early to secure your spot, as our courses are in high demand!

Course Highlights:

  • A 6-week program with weekly modules, requiring just 2-3 hours of commitment per week.
  • No rigid class schedules; access new text lessons at your convenience during the week for maximum flexibility.
  • Receive personalised feedback from dedicated tutors based in the UK, open to students globally.
  • Enjoy lifetime access to course materials even after completion.

How It Works:

Upon enrolling in the course, you’ll receive an email from your tutor on the course start date, containing the first module. Be sure to check your Spam/Junk folder for this email. Each week, you’ll submit your written assignments for personalised feedback from your dedicated online tutor, ensuring you stay on track and can monitor your progress.

What You’ll Learn:

Our ‘Begin Your Novel’ course equips you with the tools and guidance to develop and refine your novel idea, characters, themes, and plot. Through weekly writing assignments, notes, and reading resources, we’ll guide you through a six-week journey that will elevate your writing and your characters. Here’s an overview of what each week entails:

Week One: Thinking like a novelist

Maybe you have an idea for a novel, or think you might have. Perhaps you think it’s less an ‘idea’ more a series of thoughts. Or maybe you are quite sure, it’s definitely an idea. Whatever the case, this week, we get serious about it and get started. This week is all about ‘thinking like a novelist’, getting our heads in the game, getting real about things. You’ll start planning how you’re going to do this.

Week Two: Plotting your plot

We’ll examine what is meant by ‘plot’ and what the constituents of various plots are. We’ll consider where you want to take your reader and how you think you might get there. We’ll consider pace and time, and ‘narrative drive.’ You’ll create a ‘bare-bones outline’ of how you (initially) see your plot developing.

Week Three: Character Creation

We’ll investigate how to create characters, and what it is that will make your readers want to read about them. We’ll look at the difference between character-driven narratives, and plot-driven narratives.

Week Four: Finding your voice, taking chances and flexible thinking

We’ll experiment with narrative voice and structure – perhaps you might be guided just a little bit out of your comfort zone. Be prepared to try out different voices and different viewpoints so that you can begin to see what techniques work well for your characters or plot and for your novel as a whole.

Week Five: Mapping

By now you’ll have a much better idea where you’re going with your novel, so this week, we’ll be looking at openings and closings and you’ll be mapping a more detailed timeline or a framework of the novel as a whole. You might have some idea of some scenes you think you might want to include. Where will they happen in the overall plan, and what will the lead up to them be? How will it all hold together?

Week Six: Get a grip and move on

In this final week, it’s time to get hold of your novel and prepare a chapter plan. By now you’ll know where you’re going with it and how you want it to move. You’ll show that you’ve found your voice, and will be able to sense that your novel is ready to be written.

Embark on Your Novel Writing Journey Today

Don’t miss the chance to hone your craft and bring your novel to life with the support of experienced tutors. With limited spots available, early registration is highly recommended. Enrol now and commence your adventure into the world of novel writing!

Start Date

14th May


6 weeks




Kerry Hadley-Pryce
Intermediate Creative Writing Course