Time Out London recommends
Best By Day
Time Out touts the value of How To Write A Novel

Short Course


So You Want to Write A Novel • Course 126
7 Jan - 10 Mar 2016 @ the Lucas Arms, London WC1, UK

Lucas Arms
245A Gray’s Inn Road
London WC1X 8QZ
Date: Thursdays, 7 January - 10 March 2016
Time: 6.45PM - 9.15PM

Tube: Kings Cross
Cost: £370 for 10 weeks' tuition. Drop-in: £42 per session

What kind of novelist are you? What sort of book do you dream of writing? Have you found your subject matter? If you have not written before, how do you begin? This 10-week short course recommended by Time Out will consist of lectures, timed exercises, homework and readings that will give you the confidence to develop your ideas on paper. The sessions will include:

  • techniques to start writing/develop a novel already in progress
  • advice on how to arrange and expand your material
  • a chance to create new work during the workshop that feeds into your manuscript
  • sessions covering topics such as "Getting Started", "Characterisation", "Point of View", "Setting", "Plotting"

    and "Editing"

  • homework to keep your manuscript moving
  • showcase readings to give you the opportunity to receive feedback on your novel

The workshops will be conducted in a frindly, constructive atmosphere and are open to anyone with a desire to write, from beginners to publlished novelists.


7 January, 14 January, 21 January, 28 January, 4 February, 11 February, 18 February, 25 February, 3 March and 10 March.

If you are unable to do the whole course or would like to sample it you can attend on a drop-in basis, however priority will be given to those who book for the whole course. The cost per session is £42 and must be paid prior to course date start. Please email or phone beforehand to ensure a place will be available.

Bound notebook, pen & a spare

After completing this course, you can continue to add to your manuscript with "Creative Writing: Fact or Fiction" which begins in March. You could also attend the writing retreat in Catalonia in June.

Online: To book this course use the Pay Now button below. Bank transfer: To book by bank transfer, call us for bank account details. By post: Cheques can be sent to us at this address. Please read our Terms & Conditions here. If you have pre-booked and paid a deposit, the course fee balance is due by 31 Dec 2015.

Pay the £370 course fee online



In April 2007 this course was chosen by Time Out as their "Best by day" in the Around Town section.


© 2005 Anne Aylor  
"We stayed at home to write, to consolidate our outstretched selves." Sylvia Plath