Achieve your Writing Dreams

Write a Novel in a Year

Inspiration, Motivation and Support
from Planning to Publication


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How to Write a Novel in a Year

Part One (9 sessions)
Getting Started and Planning:
Deciding on a genre and theme. Research. Planning characters, setting, plot and getting started.

Part Two (9 sessions)
Building your Novel:
Honing skills such as dialogue, 'show, don’t tell,' pace, structure, tension and audience whilst working on your 1st draft.

Part Three (8 sessions)
The Professional Novelist:
Editing, presentation, outlets for publication, networking and promoting yourself as an author.

You will be writing one-two pages a day (250-500 words) with a view to completing a first draft within one year

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Two Course Plans are Available (with an instalment option)

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 “I recommend this course to anyone who has thought they can write a book.  The tutor encouraged me from the start and has been there every step of the way, providing support and advice.” Patricia Wall, Leeds

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Why wait?  Sign up now and receive the first session.

Prepare to feel proud of yourself - the course structure will ensure completion of your first draft within one year.

Editing and submission advice will ensure you're ready to market directly to an army to readers or to go down the traditional route and submit to literary agents and publishers.

My Risk Free Promise

You will love this course and it will help you achieve your dream of writing a book and being a published novelist.

I am so confident of this that I promise a full refund within the first 30 days, should you decide it's not for you. (This is subject to a small administration charge - see t&c's)

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I have never stuck at a course until I enrolled on ‘Write a Novel in a Year.’  This is purely down to Maria. The course is  fun, well-structured and backed up with examples of how to plan, organise and design your novel.  Every session is enjoyable and I look forward to them . Maria is full of encouragement and has a way of making you feel like you can achieve anything! I wish all my teachers had been so great!”  Beccy, Leeds

Imagine ...

The enjoyment as your novel grows

The pride when you hold your book

The joy of signing copies at your launch

The thrill of earning from your creative passion

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“I have always wanted to write a book, and, in trepidation, I decided to try "Write a Novel in a Year."  I am so pleased I bolstered the courage.  Now part way through, I have a plan to follow, and guidance all the way.  There is something exhilarating about writing a novel, especially when you have someone to turn to. Love this course.”  Lyn Towers, Harrogate


 There are two ways to approach writing your Novel …

(1) The More Difficult Way

Using your own motivation and discipline to stay on task

Finding advice and inspiration in books and on-line

Asking friends/family to provide a second opinion on work

Finding other writers with whom to share experiences

Finding your own way through the many aspects that culminate in a best seller

It is possible to succeed this way but why not give yourself the greatest chance of success and opt for ...

2.  The Easier Way (which is what this course will provide)

Using a structured approach of planning and methodically continuing.

Knowing that motivational advice is all in one place, every fortnight.

The option of a professional critique.

A forum of others all working through the same course and using the same approach to achieve completion of their novel.

The Best Investment You Can Make In Your Writing Dream

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"I have thoroughly enjoyed this course. I've always wanted to write a book and can’t believe I have written a third of one.  I have a clear plan for the remainder and an idea to expand it to a trilogy. I couldn't have done this without this writing course and would like to thank Maria for her support and encouragement.  I would thoroughly recommend this programme for anyone who believes they have a novel in them."  S Waters, Otley

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Commonly Asked Questions

Will I really write a book within one year?

Yes!  If you follow my prescribed method of writing 1-2 pages every single day.  One side of handwritten A4 is 250 words.  Therefore, two sides each day will result in around 90,000 words within one year.

Won’t I need a lot of discipline to get going?

Not discipline, more desire.  You will probably find that once you start your novel, you won’t be able to bear to stop.  The characters will begin to live inside you and you will want to keep going forward with your story.

How will it fit into my lifestyle?

I send your novel writing course in 26 sessions to your in-box every fortnight.  You decide when you complete the exercises.  And you arrange your ‘page a day’ habit at a time when it will fit in with your other commitments.

Isn’t it isolating trying to work on my own?

Writing a novel is a solitary activity so later in the course, I provide information about networking as a writer, both online and socially.

Also, as a course participant, you will gain access to the Facebook forum with other participants of the ‘Write a Novel Course,’ where you can swap and share ideas, thoughts, news and gain feedback on each other’s work.  I also dip into this group and can be contacted through it, or by email.

What if I change my mind?

The course is one of the few online writing courses that come with a risk-free 30 day money back guarantee.  (see t&c's for more info)

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How will I know what to do with my book once I have written it?

In the latter stages of the course, guidance is given around preparing and presenting your manuscript for submission to get it published along with details of getting an agent and/or publisher.  Guidance is also given around other outlets for getting a novel published such as self-publishing and competitions.

How will I know if what I am writing is any good?

All writers have this doubt.  I recently saw a tweet from JK Rowling expressing this!  As you progress through the course and your writing skills improve, your novel will strengthen.  Writing is a craft and the course will equip you to improve and be able to self-assess and edit till your manuscript is as polished as can be.

What if I want some feedback on my work?

The group forum is ideal for this or you can use my manuscript appraisal service when you have completed the course, once you have got your manuscript to the best possible place it can be first.  You can also opt in for three telephone tutorials and critiques of samples of your work in progress - more info if you follow the 'options' link.

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If you have any further questions that haven’t been covered in this list or want any help with anything then drop me a line

Or click here to arrange a no obligation fifteen minute chat with me.  A chance to ask questions or discuss your writing aspirations.

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This could be the best decision you ever make as a writer