Writing a novel is hard work and a long-term commitment. It’s hard to do it alone so this 8-month online creative writing course will help to take you from that initial idea to a complete first draft of your novel. It combines elements of a traditional creative writing course with 1-1 mentoring and detailed editorial feedback.
Unlike academic creative writing courses it’s also just about your writing and your novel and there are no essays to write about the art of writing! Whether it’s your first novel or your third, it will help you to:
You’ll work alone but receive regular guidance, feedback and motivation from Amanda Saint, founder of Retreat West and a novelist, short story writer and features journalist.
What happens on the course?
You’ll have access to an online workspace and course materials that will guide you through turning that idea you’ve got into a novel outline and plot; developing your characters and themes; and writing a first draft.
Every week you’ll also get email prompts and motivation to keep you going as well as the online interaction in the course. Each writing month starts with an online module to read through and exercises to do to find your way into your character and stories.
MONTHS 1 and 2
A module with exercises and homework to turn that idea into a novel outline and basic plot, develop your characters, theme and emotional journey, get to know your world, and decide on point of view. This is where you really get to know your story and characters before starting out. Editorial feedback on your novel plan and a 30-minute call to chat through your plan and how to move forward with into the writing months.
Starting the writing. With a goal of completing 7,500 words in four weeks (that’s just 250 a day – easy!). Editorial feedback on 3,000 words at the end of the month.
Continuing the writing. We’re upping the goal to 10,000 words in four weeks (only 350 a day!). Editorial feedback on 3,000 words at the end of the month.
More writing! We’re in the flow now and aiming for 15,000 words in four weeks (535 a day and this is high as it goes!). Editorial feedback on 3,000 words at the end of the month.
And still writing! Another 15,000 words in four weeks and another editorial review of 3,000 words. This month you’ll also have a Skype call with Amanda Saint to talk through progress, ideas and getting to the end.
Writing! Another 15,000 words in 4 weeks. And you now have a complete first draft of 62,500 words to work with.
You send your complete first draft in and receive a full editorial review with feedback and recommendations on how to move forward with the edit. You’ll have a 1-hour call with Amanda Saint to talk through the report and where you go next.
What does it cost?
£1000 – and you’ll get:
You can pay in 5 installments:
If you pay in full on booking then you get a discount of £50 so just £950 for the entire course.
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