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:
Combined with an in-person event
A One Year Course
July 2022 – June 2023
Pay upfront or in instalments
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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).
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.
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.
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.