Complete Your Novel

Ref: C3528977

Bring in your manuscripts whether finished or half written. This practical course is aimed at supporting you to develop a finished novel for presentation to agents and publishers.

Course aim

The course aims to initiate a professional approach to writing and ensure students understand the requirements for submitting their manuscripts to agents.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • This course is for improvers
  • Students who have already written a good part of their first draft, or have completed a draft, will benefit most from this course.

By the end of the course I should be able to:

  • Layout a manuscript correctly
  • Create a suitable title for my novel
  • Edit my manuscript effectively
  • Write a synopsis
  • Write a query letter to agent/publisher

How will I be taught?

  • You may be asked to undertake additional work in your own time to support your learning
  • As well as submitting regular excerpts from their novels, the students will be expected to complete a synopsis and covering letter in their own time.

What kind of feedback can I expect?

  • You will be encouraged to share your work with the group and discuss your learning
  • You will be encouraged to consider other students work and give your opinions and suggestions
  • You will feedback every week on what you feel you have learnt/achieved in the session.

What else do I need to know?

  • A pen and notebook is necessary. A course file will be useful to keep your work and handouts from the sessions.

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

  • No pre reading or pre course work is required

What can I do next?

  • Progress to another WEA course
  • Progress to a course with another provider
  • You could progress to Higher Education courses. Follow link to the PEARL website for information

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Complete Your Novel


You can if you meet all of the following requirements:

  • are paying the standard fee or are on any of the qualifying benefits
  • are paying with a credit/debit card or are not paying a fee because of a qualifying benefit
  • have a valid email address
  • have been resident in the UK, EU or EEA for the last 3 years
  • are aged 19 years or older on 1st September 2017
  • have read and accept the standard terms and conditions
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