Novel in a Year

“If it hadn't been for the Novel in a Year course and Jenny's teaching, feedback and general encouragement I would never in a million years have written a novel. The course was inspiring, but - even more significantly - it brought the structure that made the difference between vague ideas and good intentions, and the reality of actually completing a 300-page novel. Jenny's guidance and the mutual support between the course participants made all the difference. A fantastic experience!”

Novel in a Year student 2020

“I wish I’d had an English teacher like, Jenny. She gives you confidence however hard the challenge-making you feel you can do it – and so you can!’

Novel in a Year student 2020

"Jenny’s Novel in a Year course was the best thing I ever did for my writing life.

From getting down to writing, the course takes you through the mechanics of structuring your novel and developing the plot, to editing, marketing and submitting your finish manuscript to publishers and agents; but more than that, it gives you a good idea of what being a writer actually involves! 

Jenny’s approach is very relaxed and friendly, so you never feel pressured or out of your depth.  She encourages you to send in extracts of your work, and gives you practical – and invaluable - feedback.

I have taken dozens of writing classes over the years, but my novel stayed a daydream until this one!  With Jenny’s support I finished my novel, edited it, submitted it, and it was published by an indie publisher last week!  I’ve only ever wanted to be a writer, and it is an amazing feeling to have actually achieved a life-long goal – but this is just the start for me!

Honestly, I cannot recommend this course highly enough.  Thanks, Jenny!

Novel in a Year student 2019 - Morwenna Blackwood

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From January 2021, Jenny Kane's

Novel in a Year workshops will be taught via two different formats - online or in person.

 

Write a Novel in a Year IN PERSON. (Open to anyone over 18 who can attend the workshop in Tiverton, Devon)

Booking will open for Jenny's November 2021-November 2022, Novel in A Year series, in June 2021. 

Class dates will be posted at the end of May 2021.

Do you have an idea for a novel but don’t know where to start?
Have you started a novel but lost your momentum?

Let Imagines’ Jenny Kane help you to realise your dream by enrolling on this year long course to take you and your novel from the very first word through to ‘The End,’ and beyond to editing, blurb writing and how to find a publisher.

Each class will be held in the conference room above Costa Coffee in Tiverton, Devon.
Each of the will cost £65 and includes a critique of 20,000 words across the course of the year.


You will also receive monthly help checks and encouragement.

To apply for a place, please email Jenny at imaginecreativewriting@gmail.com

 

Sample Timetable-

Lesson One - Nov 2021
An introduction to novel writing.
Deciding upon your genre and audience.
Addressing the four main elements of fiction writing- what, where, when and what.
Getting the first paragraph on paper.

Lesson Two - Feb 2022
Bring your first three chapters to discuss any problems you may have.
Problem solving
Do you know your characters well enough?
Dialogue – how much is too much/not enough?
Location and timeline checking.

Lesson Three - May 2022
Aim to be at the 40,000 word mark- you’re halfway!
Problem solving
Looking at pace and structure
Planning ‘The End’

Lesson Four - August 2022
Complete draft.
Hunting for plot holes.
Tie up loose ends
How to polish and perfect your work

Lesson Five  - Nov 2022
Self publish or main stream publisher?
How to submit your book.
Blurb and synopsis writing
Marketing
And a celebration! You’ve written a book!

Write a Novel in a Year ONLINE version. (Open to everyone over 18 with a Zoom connection)

The current run of online Novel in a Year workshops is full.

Booking will open for the March 2022- March 2023 series in November 2021.

Each class will be held via Zoom
Each of the will cost £45 and includes a critique of 20,000 words of your novel across the year.


You will also receive monthly help checks and encouragement.

To apply for a place, please email Jenny at imaginecreativewriting@gmail.com

 

Sample Timetable - (based on the current run of workshops - Jan 2021- 2022)

 

Session 1 - Saturday 30th January, 1pm – 4.30pm (includes a 30 minute break from 2.30-3pm)

  • An Introduction to Novel Writing

  • Deciding upon your genre and audience.

  • Addressing the four elements of fiction writing- what, where, when and what.

  • Getting the first paragraph on paper.

Session 2 - Saturday 17th April, 2pm - 4pm

Aim to be at 15,000 word mark.

  • Discuss any problems you may have.

  • Do you know your characters well enough?

  • Dialogue – how much is too much/not enough?

Session 3 - Sunday 18th April, 2pm – 4pm

  • Location development.

  • Bringing character and location together.

Session 4 - Saturday 24th July, 2pm – 4pm

Aim to be at the 30-40,000 word mark

  • Problem solving.

  • Looking at pace and structure.

Session 5 - Sunday 25th July, 2pm – 4pm

  • Planning ‘The End’

Session 6 - Saturday 30th October, 1pm – 4.30pm (includes a 30 minute break from 2.30-3pm)

Aim to be nearing the end of your first draft

  • Editing and Proofing

  • Hunting for plot holes

  • Tie up loose ends

  • How to polish and perfect your work

 

 Session 7 - Saturday 29th January 2022, 1pm – 4.30pm (includes a 30 minute break from 2.30-3pm)

Aim to have finished your first draft – or be editing your novel into shape.

  • Self publish or main stream publisher?

  • How to submit your book.

  • Blurb and synopsis writing

  • Marketing

  • And a celebration! You’ve written a book!