Complete Your Novel

Ref: C3530398

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
  • This course is specifically aimed at students who have already written a good part of their manuscript, or have completed a first draft.

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

  • Layout a manuscript correctly.
  • Identify my novel's USP (Unique Selling Point).
  • 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 are necessary. A course file will be advantages 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 http://pearl.open.ac.uk/

Download full course information sheet

Complete Your Novel

Enrolment Conditions

As a registered charity, and to meet our funders’ requirements, we need to check a few things with you before you book. Please could we ask that you check the list below to ensure you meet our basic criteria:

  • You are paying the standard fee (with a credit or debit card) or you are on any of the qualifying benefits
  • You have a valid email address so that you can receive confirmation of your booking
  • You have been resident in the UK, EU or EEA for the last 3 years
  • You are aged 19 years or older on 1st September 2018
  • You have read and accept our standard terms and conditions

Not sure or have further questions? Contact courseenquiries@wea.org.uk

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