Create and Shape a Publishable Novel
The course will consist of a mix of 30 hours of tutor-led classes on zoom, access to an online discussion and feedback forum, and individual tutor feedback on your final project proposal.
- You’ll have tutor-led sessions live on zoom
- You’ll have access to an online community
- You’ll get written and verbal feedback
- Your activities will be challenging, but you can do this.
This is a highly practical course, during which you will create a framework for a novel that will reflect your newly acquired understanding of how longer narratives really work. If you've been struggling to get this right, don't despair. Nobody is born knowing this stuff, but your chances of becoming a published novelist will be massively increased by learning it now.
Who is this course suitable for?
This course is perfect for those who want to get to grips with how to construct a novel of a publishable standard. The learning you encounter here will be invaluable to you whether you intend to self-publish or to seek a traditional publishing contract, and whether you are writing a primarily plot-driven tale or a more character-driven story.
Ask yourself, do you:
- Have a body of work that you have been going around in circles with but just can't seem to make work?
- Have a vague idea for the beginning of something that you want to write but haven't even started yet?
- Have no idea what you will work on but know that you are ready to put in the graft to create a project from the ground up?
The course will work for writers coming to it from any and all of these positions, but the journey will be easier for those arriving with an open mind and an almost empty notebook. Either way, the skills you will learn will be yours for life, and as well as creating a sound framework for one story now, this course will empower you to create countless other great stories in the future.
When you take this course you will learn:
- How to go about getting started on a novel.
- Who your character is and why the reader should give a damn.
- What a character arc is and why your protagonist needs one.
- Why theme is important and what yours is exploring.
- How structure works and how plot and character arcs interrelate.
- When to move your character from one context to another to maintain pace.
- How to move beyond theory into practice.
- How to deliver the kind of stories agents and editors love.
What this course will NOT do is teach you how to write good prose using those techniques that make the words themselves pull the reader in. This course is all about the bigger picture, the art of connecting a reader with your STORY. Without that firmly in place, all the wonderful prose in the world won't hold your novel together. We cover the finer nuances of engaging the reader through the writing itself in other courses.
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I quickly learned that there was a lot I did not know about craft, from story arcs to characters, techniques and approaches I’d heard about but never studied. I learned to trust my own interior editor, to make decisions based on what I want to say, not on what I think someone else will want or think is right. To find my inner north star.
I completed one of Kath's creative writing courses and could not recommend her more highly! Like most people I felt very vulnerable the first time I shared my writing with a group, but Kath creates a fun and supportive environment, which is thoroughly enjoyable. Go on, sign up for one of Kath's courses - you'll love it!
Kath Morgan is a fantastic teacher as she shares her knowledge and experience freely. She helped me find my style and I learnt the craft of writing during my time with her. I began knowing nothing and now I have the skills and confidence to do something I have always wanted to do, write! I have Kath to thank for getting me started.
The Writing Retreat is one of the best investments I’ve made in my writing apprenticeship. I was battling with plot stumbling blocks on a novel I just couldn't finish. Thanks to the guidance and encouragement of the lovely writing tutors, Jane and Kath, it's now published.
The course on Structure was invaluable. I will never be a planner (tried it, disaster) but the framework(s) provided by Kath and Jane means that I have a strategy for rescuing myself from the chaos that can result from not planning. And, spookily, the chaos is much less chaotic than it used to be!
Kath & Jane embrace all levels of writers, and there is a collegiate feel. You also have to be careful - writing is addictive and with their input, I grew in confidence, found my voice. I'm now doing a PhD (Creative Writing) so it is a strong path they lay. I can definitely recommend The Writing Retreat.
Access course from anywhere
You can enjoy the course in the comfort of your home or take your laptop to your favourite place; find somewhere peaceful where you won't be disturbed. It doesn't matter where you are as long you can focus and get the most from the course.
Enjoy working in a group
You will spend ten Saturday mornings in the classroom on Zoom, working with your tutor and your peers to cover the key learning points of the module. There's nothing quite like the support and camaraderie of your own writing tribe to boost your confidence.
Are you ready to learn to shape a story into a publishable novel?
In just ten weeks you will reach a level of understanding of story that many emerging writers take far too long to focus on. This will shave years off your writing journey and put you in control, giving you the confidence to tell the story you want to tell in a way that a reader will respond to. Don't spend endless nights wondering why your story somehow doesn't quite work. Find the heart of your story, and fix it. This course will show you how.
Start Date: 17th September 2022
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