Completing your Novel

Ref: C3528070

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.

Additional information about this course

No class on 1/06/17.

Course aim

The course aims to initiate a professional approach to writing and to encourage students to adopt the discipline and commitment to ensure that they are able complete a novel. Students will be encouraged to have a clear goal to complete their novel within a given timeframe. By creating a nurturing and supportive group dynamic, students will be assisted to critique their own and other’s work. The course also aims to ensure students understand the requirements for submitting their manuscripts to agents and publishers as well as engender confidence and determination in order that students persevere to submit their work to agents and publishing houses.

Who is the course for?

Anyone who is writing or has completed a novel.

What topics will this course cover

The course is specifically for people who are writing or have finished a novel. During the course you will learn how to lay out your manuscript correctly, write a covering letter to agents, compose a synopsis and gain an understanding of how to present a final draft to agents and publishers.

What will it be like?

WEA classes are friendly and supportive. You will be encouraged to work together with your fellow students and tutor. You will be asked to share your ideas and views in the class and work with the group to give and accept feedback in a supportive environment. The WEA tutor will use a range of different teaching and learning methods and encourage you to be actively involved in your learning. You may be asked to undertake work to support your course outside of your class.

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

1. Lay out their manuscript correctly 2. Create a title for their novel 3. Edit their manuscripts effectively 4. Write a synopsis 5. Write a covering letter to a publisher/agent

How will I know I'm making progress?

Each student will receive feedback and editing suggestions, given by the group members and the tutor. At the end of every session, each student fills in a Personal Achievement form, to which the tutor will add comments and suggestions in order to have a dialogue with the tutor and to help them improve their writing.

What else do I need to know, do or bring?

Pen & paper

Reading and information sources


What could the course lead to?

Submitting your completed manuscript to an agent. Creating your own writing group. Applying for a creative writing course at a university.

Download full course outline

Completing your Novel Course Outline


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 2016
  • have read and accept the standard terms and conditions
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