Edit and Submit Your Novel Edit and Submit Your Novel Edit and Submit Your Novel

Edit and Submit Your Novel

Expert industry insight and all the technical tools you'll need to take your manuscript from first to final draft.

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Advanced

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Location

Online

Length

5-12 weeks
  • Start Date
  • Time
  • Wednesdays, 19.00–21.00
  • Application Deadline
  • Tuesday 01 Mar 2022

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Take your draft from finished to finessed

A first draft is a rough block of marble: there's a work of art in there, but to find it you're going to need some specialist tools. Over twelve weeks with an experienced editor and leading literary agent, learn the skills to turn your rough draft into an accomplished novel that captures the reader's attention from the start and satisfies it at the end.

Is this the right course for me?

If you've written a first draft you might know that it can be better but not how. This course will give you the clarity and confidence to tackle an edit - not only for your first novel but for your future work too. Completing a draft is a great start; editing is what makes a professional writer.

By seeing your manuscript from the perspective of the publishing industry you’ll have a unique opportunity to hone it before submitting to agents. For eight sessions, Rose Tomaszewska will lead a discussion on key ideas and strategies from plotting to characterisation to style. You’ll workshop your own writing and stress-test the decisions you’ve made, exploring what works and what could be made stronger in your novel.

You'll then have three sessions with Catherine Cho, providing invaluable tips and tricks to help your manuscript stand out when it comes time to submit, before a last jointly-run session to kickstart your next steps.

    This course consists of twelve two-hour evening sessions, taking place on Wednesdays, 19.00–21.00. These will be held via Zoom, and supported by our bespoke online classroom and forums.

Course Programme

Session 1

Wednesday 23 March, 19.00–21.00

Introduction to Editing

Session 2

30 March, 19.00–21.00

Story

Session 3

6 April, 19.00–21.00

Plotting

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Course Programme

Edit and Submit Your Novel

Session 1

Wednesday 23 March, 19.00–21.00

Introduction to Editing

How do we start? Start thinking big and taking confident steps.

Session 2

30 March, 19.00–21.00

Story

What story are you telling? Choose the focus, arc and point of your story; discuss genre, making and breaking tropes and where it fits in the market.

Session 3

6 April, 19.00–21.00

Plotting

Why does this happen? Work out your actions, consequences, twists and resolutions.

Session 4

13 April, 19.00–21.00

Pacing

Slow or fast? Tighten your conflict, tension and contrast in pace in both plotting arcs and individual scenes.

Session 5

20 April, 19.00–21.00

Setting

Where are we? Dive into your setting, its period, place and presence in the story, thinking about research, description and contrast.

Session 6

27 April, 19.00–21.00

Characters

Who are they? Confront your characters, their believability, backgrounds, motivations and relationships.

Session 7

4 May, 19.00–21.00

Style

What’s your voice? Refine your tone and rhythm, polishing sentence structure, imagery and vocabulary.

Session 8

11 May, 19.00–21.00

Chapter One

What will grab my attention? Look at your opening and the first ten per cent in detail and how it sets up expectations and excitement for the novel.

Session 9

18 May, 19.00–21.00

What is an agent? (with Catherine Cho)

Learn about the publishing industry and the role of an agent in an author’s career.

Session 10

25 May, 19.00–21.00

Preparing the Pitch (with Catherine Cho)

How to approach agents and present the strongest query package.

Session 11

1 June, 19.00–21.00

The Publishing Journey (with Catherine Cho)

Questions to ask when querying and what happens after signing with an agent.

Session 12

8 June, 19.00–21.00

Conclusion (with Catherine Cho and Rose Tomaszewska)

And your next steps.

Tutors

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Rose Tomaszewska

Rose Tomaszewska
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Catherine Cho

Catherine Cho

How to apply

Places on this course are limited and keenly contested, so you'll need to apply. When doing so, we'll ask you to provide two documents:

Your manuscript

Either your full manuscript or if you've yet to fully complete your first draft, as much as you have ready.

Covering letter

Reading your application, tutors are looking to get a sense of you as a writer and as a member of the group. As such, we don't have specific requirements from your covering letter, but it's a good opportunity to tell us what you want to get out of the course, what sort of writing experience you've had, what shape your novel is right now, why you've chosen us and why you've decided to do it now.

Submit your application

That's it! We'll aim to respond to all applications within ten days of the application deadline.

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