Finishing the First Draft of Your Novel – with Judith Bryan

Available online continuously
Work at your own pace
Price: £75
Six weekly modules (recommended)
Online self-paced

You’ve started your novel but finishing the first draft is much harder than you thought! Perhaps your work-in-progress seems too daunting, you’re confused about how to structure your book or lack of time and simply life getting in the way have stopped you in your tracks. How do you get on and write? This new self-paced course, written by a published novelist, will give you the push – and the guidance – you need. With essential tips on plotting, devising and developing fictional characters and self-care for writers, you will learn how to structure your book, organise your time and manage the first draft of your novel writing project to completion.

What does this course include?

This course includes six modules, designed to be studies on a week-by-week basis, though you can work at your own speed and revisit the materials in this course whenever you wish.

Each module includes a video from Judith Bryan, exercises and downloads to steer you through the process of putting your poetry pamphlet together. Weekly focuses cover:

  • Week one: Discovering the first draft
  • Week two: Classic narrative structure
  • Week three: Managing Middle Ones – Upping the Ante
  • Week four: Managing Middle Ones – People in places, Doing Things
  • Week five: Genre Conventions
  • Week six: The End of the Journey – Climax, Confusion and Meaning
  • What next?
  • Bonus: when you enrol on this course you’ll also gain access to the new ‘Writing and Mindfulness course’ for free.

About the tutor

This self-paced course is written by author and playwright, Judith Bryan

Judith Bryan

Judith Bryan is an award winning writer of novels, plays, short fiction and non-fiction. Her debut novel, Bernard and the Cloth Monkey, won the 1998 Saga Prize and was republished by Penguin in February 2021 for the inaugural Black Britain: Writing Back series, curated and with a new introduction by Booker-prize winner Bernardine Evaristo. Judith has an MA Writing for Performance from Goldsmiths University, and has extensive experience as a teacher of creative writing. She is currently completing her second novel.