Turn your novel into reality
You have the idea, you have the characters, you may even have a first draft, but you know it’s not quite ready to submit to an agent or publisher. You want feedback from professionals who can help you create the best possible version of your manuscript.
This six-month novel writing program is designed to help you take your novel to the next level. If you haven’t finished the first draft, we’ll set you a timeframe and a structure to work in so that you have a completed first draft by the end of the program. However, you must have a minimum of 20,000 words to qualify for entry into the program.
If you do have a first – or even a second or third – draft, we’ll help you to look at it objectively and improve it significantly. You’ll learn how to identify any problems in your manuscript, ensure your structure is working and deepen your connection to your reader.
Are you serious about your novel?
Based on a combination of theory and workshopping, this program is for people who are serious about publishing a novel or book-length memoir, who want to understand more about their craft and who want a community of like-minded people to support them.
We will help you craft the crucial opening chapter – the part you submit to the agent or publisher, and which will make or break your chances of publication.
Workshopping will include:
- balancing your cast of characters and deepening the reader’s relationship to them
- targeting structural flaws and getting rid of dead wood
- writing dialogue which not only reads well but advances your plot and characterisation
- writing climaxes – starting with the first page of your book!
Theory will include:
- your role in the publishing process
- your relationship to agents, editors and publishers
- how ebooks are changing the nature of publishing
- how to find the best agent or publisher for your work
- how to professionally present and submit your work.
The program consists of:
- scheduled opportunities to workshop your novel in class, and to have your entire novel read and commented on by fellow participants
- ongoing feedback on your novel from your presenter.
The structure has put me back on a better path to move forward with a story in my head. If there's a story in you, take it a step further with this course. - Matt Lloyd
The structure has put me back on a better path to move forward with a story in my head. If there's a story in you, take it a step further with this course.
- Matt Lloyd
A special feature of this program is that you will be matched with other program participants who are writing in the same genre as you or share similar writing techniques or struggles. During a scheduled break from classes, everyone in your group will read all of your book – while you read theirs. When classes resume, you will be getting in-depth feedback from them on the structure, flow and impact of your full draft and giving feedback to them.
This process will give you structured feedback from informed, intelligent readers who will, by then, be experienced in workshopping and understand what kind of book you are aiming for. Your presenter will then help you plan your final edit based on that feedback.
It will not only allow you to have your full book read by discerning readers, it will also develop your own skills in structural editing – and give you a deadline to meet! You will have plenty of time to read the drafts and comment on them.
This process is unique in novel-writing courses in Australia. The program creator, Pamela Freeman, included it because it is hard to have your full draft read and commented on without paying for a manuscript assessment service.
You’ll also be given a structured weekly workshopping program to complete outside of classroom hours.
No matter what state your novel is in, this program will give you the motivation and discipline to take it to the next level – and maybe further.
As Pat Walsh, the American editor, says: “The number one reason your book may never be published is that you haven’t written it.” Don’t let that be true of you.
This process is wonderful. - Clarie Nice
All of a sudden it's like a light has been turned on and things seem clearer. Now my job is to translate this onto the page.
This process is wonderful.
- Clarie Nice
Enjoy exclusive access to our AWC Graduates’ Club
Want to know where all the cool kids hang out? The Graduates’ Club of course! Now, calm down – there’s no cigars, leather armchairs or loud ticking grandfather clocks here. But it IS exclusive invitation only (on completion of a course) and it’s free! Meet other writers online and share successes, seek help or just get something off your chest. Many students believe this ‘legacy learning’ is one of the most valuable things about our AWC community, and who are we to argue?
So if you want to receive feedback, support and a heads-up on opportunities … join the Club!