Write Your Novel
Get the support you need to complete your novel
Write Your Novel
Jan 2022 - Dec 2022
An online course delivered in real time via Zoom
If you have a story to tell...
If you have a dream of completing a book...
If you yearn to work with a deeply connected community of writers who will hold and support your creativity...
...come and write with us.
On this 12 month journey you will learn your craft, be held accountable to your project and be offered feedback on your work in progress. Your writing will be honoured and nurtured. You will be encouraged to become the best you can be.
If you struggle to find time for your writing.
If you long for space and support to get your book out.
If you're craving the kind of community that will understand what it means to want to write, read on.
Write Your Novel will give you the tools, confidence and space to get your novel out into the world.
"Joining the Write Your Novel course has been the best investment I’ve made this year...
The structure of the course means that you are given the tools to write your novel as well as the support and encouragement to do it. I’ve written much more than I thought I was capable of, and the 1:1s with Al are so useful, getting advice and guidance from an expert. You also get a lot of information about competitions and other opportunities - I’ve been longlisted for a writing competition that I would never have even entered without attending the course."
YOU ARE IN THE RIGHT PLACE IF...
You have an idea for a book, if you've started writing, or if you've written a first draft already.
You value being part of a group all working towards similar goals.
You love the feeling of meeting regular deadlines and know that these will support you in getting your writing done.
You have tried writing on your own, but always got stuck, or given up before you've finished your project.
You worry that your writing isn't 'good enough'.
You want to tap into your creative powers.
You know that there's a joy in writing for its own sake.
You secretly dream of being published.
You love reading and listening to other people's writing.
You value the power of stories to transform.
You are ready to make 2022 the year you write your book.
"Al is always encouraging...
and seems so genuinely invested in everyone taking part which was lovely.
She created a warm, welcoming space which made showing up to take part very easy."
WRITECLUB'S UNIQUE APPROACH
I know how busy life can be. That fitting in writing around the rest of life's demands can feel impossible at times. So many online courses these days make promises that seem so enticing: write a best selling book in just 30 days, ditch your day job and become a full time writer today, make more money with your writing than you dreamed possible.
Write Your Novel takes a realistic approach. I'm not making false promises. I'm not promising you a publishing deal.
Instead, I'm offering you space to write. Support to get the best from your words. Coaching to help you find your own rhythm with your writing. I will help you to find your voice. I will offer exercises and experiments that will help you find a writing process that works for you. I will support you in becoming the best writer you can be. Most importantly, I will help you find your authentic voice.
"I learned so much from this course, not just the excellent workshops (which gave me many a 'lightbulb' moment for my own writing,) but also from the feedback sessions. I managed to complete a first draft of my novel over the summer and I can honestly say that I would never have even come close to doing that if I hadn't got involved with Write Club! It's not just the tools that Al gives you but also the incredible support you get from being part of a community of like-minded writers. I thank the gods of Google for leading me to that first 'Writing Resolutions' workshop which was my introduction to Al and and her wonderful world of writerly loveliness!"
PART 1 - Tuesday 11th Jan - 5th April 7-8:30pm (one week break - 22nd Feb)
PART 2 - Tuesday 26th April - 12th July 7-8:30pm
PART 3 - Tuesday 13th Sept - 29th Nov 7-8:30pm
You are welcome to sign up for the whole course, or to take each part in turn. Initial entries at Part 1, 2 or 3 are welcome (where space available.)
Course limited to 20 spaces in total.
The course follows an alternating pattern of craft, feedback and reading sessions:
Week 1 - Under the Bonnet craft workshop
Week 2 - Peer feedback session (working in dedicated feedback pods of 3 or 4)
Week 3 - Readings and close text explorations
Week 4 - Peer feedback session
Week 5 - Under the Bonnet craft workshop
Week 6 - Peer feedback
Week 7 - Readings and close text explorations
Week 8 - Peer feedback
Week 9 - Under the Bonnet craft workshop
Week 10 - Peer feedback
Week 11 - Readings and close text explorations
Week 12 - Peer feedback
Under the Bonnet topics:
* Making time for your writing - how to carve out and protect your writing time
* Character psychology
* Narrative structure and how it works
* Conflict - how to raise the stakes
* Evoking setting and place
* Mining your life - bringing emotional truth to your work
* Character archetypes - a look at the roles your characters perform
* Psychic distance and points of view
* Writing the synopsis and setting your work free - how to approach agents, where to send your work and more.
"Alison's writing course not only gives you all the tools needed to write your novel...
but places you into an accomplished writing group that critiques, elevates and expands the scope your craft."
THIS COURSE INCLUDES...
Weekly 90 minutes Zoom sessions for each 12 week part
Fortnightly feedback from a dedicated feedback group of three or four writers
Deadlines every two weeks when you can submit up to 2500 words
Access to a private online community where you can find articles, links to writing opportunities and more
Access to weekly Monday Night Write accountability and sharing sessions
Discounts on other WriteClub courses and workshops
PLUS OPTIONAL UP-LEVEL to THE FULL SHEBANG FOR...
3 x 40 minute 1-1 mentoring session with Alison Powell (one session for each 12 week part)
Feedback on 3 x pieces of your writing from Alison Powell (one piece per 12 week part)
Free space on the Story Structure 101 course
Support with preparing enquiry letters to agents
Write Your Novel - The Full Shebang
Full course - £1575
Individual parts - £539
Write Your Novel - The Core
Full course (Parts 1, 2 & 3) - £1325
Individual parts - £449
(without 1-1 sessions, feedback on your writing from Alison Powell or support with preparing enquiry letters to agents)
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Installment options available on request - please email email@example.com for details
There are also some bursary places available at a reduced fee for those in genuine financial need. Please contact Alison directly for information on how to apply.
If you are in a financial position to be able to contribute to the bursary fund, or would like to sponsor a student on this course, please contact via email.
"WriteClub really helped me to feel confident and engaged in my writing again. Al provides a welcoming and safe space to deeply explore your writing blocks and help you to get back on your feet." (Steve)
Online course delivered in real time via Zoom
Part 1 - Thursdays 13th Jan - 7th April (one week break 24th Feb)
This longer course is designed to help you develop your memoir. Delivered over 12 months, you can opt for Parts 1,2 or 3 separately, or sign up for all three.
With regular meetings, small workshop groups and fortnightly deadlines, plus access to a dedicated online forum, we'll help you keep your writing on track. We'll look at existing memoir and learn how to structure your story in a way that feels authentic.
Throughout the course, you'll also offer feedback on other people's work and receive focused critique on your own writing as the weeks progress.
For full details of course modules and structure, please email firstname.lastname@example.org
NB You will need access to Zoom and to Google folders for this course.
Group limited to 12 participants.
Booking essential. Email email@example.com for details.