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.
What do these levels mean?
- Start Date
- Wednesdays, 19.00–21.00
- Application Deadline
- Tuesday 01 Mar 2022
£300 / month for 2 months and a £650.00 deposit
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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.
Wednesday 23 March, 19.00–21.00
Introduction to Editing
30 March, 19.00–21.00
6 April, 19.00–21.00
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:
Either your full manuscript or if you've yet to fully complete your first draft, as much as you have ready.
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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