Writing a Novel
Writing a novel is a unique art, unlike any other creative writing project, it takes stamina and skill and the ability to recognise that critical feedback and revision are part of the process, however experienced you are.
Focusing on the key elements that contribute to the art of novel writing, acclaimed author and experienced tutor, Kerry Young will lead you to consider how these elements need to work together to create a story both you and your readers will want to stick with to the end.
Divided into six weekly modules with exercises and homework assignments, the course will cover essential aspects of writing a long form narrative including: structure, plot, point of view, themes, values, characters, tone and setting.
Please be prepared to attend every session, complete the set assignments and participate in the online sessions as required.
Who is this course for?
Optional add-on 1–1 feedback session
The standalone course is offered at £150 (£120 Concessions). However, if you’d like to receive personalised feedback on your writing during this course, you can purchase an optional 1–1 session with the tutor for £100/£80concessions, bringing the total cost to £250 (or £200 Concessions). The feedback session includes reading of a short submission of your work in advance and a follow up face to face session over Zoom. When you go through to the Bookings page, please be sure to select the correct option if you would like to purchase this optional add-on.
About the tutor
Kerry Young is the author of three novels: Pao (Bloomsbury, 2011) shortlisted for the Costa First Novel Award, the Commonwealth Book Prize and the East Midlands Book Award; Gloria (Bloomsbury, 2013) longlisted for the OCM Bocas Prize for Caribbean Literature, shortlisted for the East Midlands Book Award and nominated for the International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award; and Show Me A Mountain (Bloomsbury, 2016).
Kerry’s short story Home Is Where the Heart Is was published in Hometown Tales: The Midlands (W&N, 2018). Tomorrow Is Another Day was published in Wasafiri (Issue 100, Winter 2019). Daphne was published in Caribbean Quarterly Volume 67, June 2021: Issue 1-2.
Kerry is a member of The Literary Consultancy Advisory Board and an Arvon Foundation tutor. She was Royal Literary Fund Writer-in-Residence at the University of Sheffield (2014-16) and is now an RLF Project Fellow.
Limited bursary places are available for those who would struggle to pay the full price for an event, workshop or course with New Writing South. Please complete this short bursary application form if you would like to apply.