Our novel writing classes give you the technical know-how and motivation you need while encouraging you in keeping your voice unique. The Start Writing Your Novel Workshop is a 1-day workshop open to all, including complete beginners - you can take it as a standalone workshop. The Novel Writing Course is available in a series of six-week sessions. You can apply to join us at any time: see below for details. You will probably want to take the Start Writing Your Novel Workshop if joining after September. We also run a one-day 'Revising Your Novel' workshop for writers who have completed their first draft and would like help with approaching the editing stage and eventual publication. All our novel writing classes have a maximum group size of 6 people, to provide you with individual feedback and attention.
Start Writing Your Novel: Single Day Workshop
Ideal if you would like an overview of the skills you need to write a novel - or if you'd like to get ready for the weekly course (below). You'll cover the basics of creating and getting to know your characters, finding and developing a storyline that is meaningful to you, giving your story a suitable setting, and how to use dialogue to the best effect. You'll also have a go at writing your opening scenes.
This workshop repeats every 6-8 weeks.
Sunday 27th October 10.00-15.00 £84.50 Course Code NWX1
Sunday 8th December 10.00-15.00 £84.50 Course Code NWX2
Sunday 9th February 10.00-15.00 £84.50 Course Code NWX3
Novel Writing Course: 6 Weeks
Our popular novel writing course: be part of a small, friendly group, meeting weekly to discuss your progress on your novel with an experienced tutor and your fellow writers. Each week, we talk about extracts from students' work for one hour. You'll get tips from the tutor on how to go about fixing potential issues, and you'll learn a lot from sharing the tips on your fellow writers' work, too. You'll receive feedback on your writing at least twice during the course.
There is a half-hour tuition session of discussion and learning in each workshop, covering a different technical point each week. It's fun and quick to make progress with this course - and the 6-week course runs continually through the year, so you can come for as long as you need. Most of our students take four or more courses. Classes take place on Wednesdays and Thursdays in the afternoon or evening.
To apply, please email a 3,000-word sample of your writing to Sophie at , together with a short paragraph about your previous writing experience (if any), and the details of the course you wish to join.
Our Novel Writing year starts in September: however, places become available throughout the year, due to the flexible nature of the courses. If you're starting after September, you can come along to a 'Start Writing Your Novel' 1-day workshop (above) to bring you up to speed on the basics before you apply to join.
Wed 25th Sept - Wed 30th Oct 12.00-13.30 £160 Course Code NW1A
Thurs 26th Sept - Thurs 31st Oct 18.00-19.30 £160 Course Code NW1B
Wed 6th November - Wed 11th December 12.00-13.30 £160 Course Code NW2A
Thurs 7th November - Thurs 12th December 18.00-19.30 £160 Course Code NW2B
Wed 8th January - Wed 12th February 12.00-13.30 £160 Course Code NW3A
Thurs 9th January - Thurs 13th February 18.00-19.30 £160 Course Code NW3B
Wed 19th February - Wed 25th March 12.00-13.30 £160 Course Code NW3A
Thurs 20th February - Thurs 26th March 18.00-19.30 £160 Course Code NW3B
Revising Your Novel: Single Day Workshop
Have you got a big chunk of novel manuscript that's not making any progress? If you find yourself stuck, bring your work along to Skriva's 'plot hospital'. You'll send a synopsis of your plot to the tutor, along with a list of concerns or questions you have. During the workshop, you will revisit your main plot and alter it to fit new developments, while cutting back other parts you no longer need. You'll learn how to make your subplots work to support the central storyline, and think up different possibilities for the novel's ending. We can also help you to tap back in to the initial drive you had to get this novel written. Lastly, you will learn about different potential outlets for your finished novel, and you'll leave with some advice on approaching agents and publishers.
Saturday 12th October 10.00-15.30 £90.00 Course Code NWX6