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Next Steps to Novel Writing

Subject Area

Languages & Communication

Student Type


Study Mode

Part Time

Course Type


What is the course about?

This course follows on from the introductory course and will take students through the intricacies of the novel writing process and help you to avoid ‘saggy middle’ syndrome.

Why should I choose the course?

This course is for anybody who wants to write a novel and would like motivation and encouragement from like-minded people.

What will I learn?

We will cover a range of novel writing topics over the 6 week duration of the course. Each class will be split in half, with half of the group devoted to the class topic (with a writing exercise to get you warmed up) and the second half devoted to your own novel work. You will discuss your progress with classmates who will be able to offer feedback, and you will also get allocated writing time during the session. Topics we will cover include:

· The Second Act

· Staying motivated

· Writing effective side characters

· Writing dialogue

· Writing romance into your novel

· Creating and maintaining tension

If you would like more information on the learning outcomes please email

What will the course lead on to?

This course leads on to our Advanced Novel Writing course.

The course will also enable you to enhance your literacy and communication skills, thereby potentially increasing your employability and future career prospects.

What support is available?

We have a team of staff dedicated to providing learning support if it is required and a Welfare Team that are on hand to offer guidance, support and help when needed. Additionally, eligible students can access a wide range of finance and funding support to help them during their time at college.

For further information on student support please visit:

Why should I choose to study the course at Warrington & Vale Royal College?

98% of learners in 2018/19 would recommend their course to family and friends.

97% of learners rated their teaching as good / very good.

What are the entry requirements?

There are no formal entry requirements besides an interest in the subject area. You must also be willing to partake in classroom activities and discussions and be willing to self-assess your weekly progress using an individual learning plan at the end of each session. Learners must be aged 19 and over.

What are my funding options?

Learners in receipt of certain benefits or on a low income may be eligible for fee remission. Please contact our Learner Services team for more information at

Are there any additional costs associated with the course?

There are no additional costs associated with this course.

Careers Information

Course options


5 Weeks
Class Times
18:30 - 20:30
Warrington Campus
Adult Fee
16-18 Fee
Not Applicable

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