Industry Editor-led, Work on Your Novel – 6 months

• Six months to work on your novel with guidance from Imogen Cooper
• Termly live webinars with Imogen Cooper
• Weekly exercises and regular Zoom Meetings to stay connected with tutors and peers

Introduction

You’ve refined your concept. You’ve strengthened your through-line and your characters have focus and goals. Now you need some time to get your head down to work on your manuscript.

The self-guided Work on Your Novel course builds on the fundamental skills taught on our Writing for Children and Young Adults course.

This course is run by Imogen Cooper with support from her team of experienced editors and is only available to members who have completed Writing for Children and Young Adults.

Next course start date: Monday 7th March 2022

Course Overview

This course runs over three, eight-week-long terms with two, week-long breaks between terms. This course includes:

  • Imogen’s weekly writing activities and industry expertise focusing on the term topic
    • Including two/three short recorded videos from Imogen per week;
  • nine, one hour Zoom Meetings with a Golden Egg Industry Specialist 
    • Zoom Meetings cannot be recorded due to break-out rooms so live attendance is strongly advised;
  • one, hour-long live webinar with Imogen Cooper at the start of each term
    • webinars will be recorded and made available for one month;
  • an one2one with your editor who will review 10,000 words of your novel
    • you may book a report at any time during the course although we strongly recommend booking your one2one towards the end of the second term or in the third term.

At Golden Egg, we take you seriously as a writer, so we expect all our students to dedicate time each week to work on their manuscripts. We recommend students spend around five hours per week on their manuscripts, background reading and/or any writing exercises recommended by their editor, in addition to the weekly exercises included in the course content.

Term One Overview: How Bad is Your Villain?

How bad is your villain? How great is the peril? A look at exciting villains, peril and dramatic tension. In this term you will:

  • put your villains and protagonists in the psychiatrist’s chair;
  • deepen your understanding of character through studying motivation;
  • think about the consequences of failure and make your characters face their worst fears;
  • think about what this all means for your protagonist.

Term structure:

  • one, hour-long webinar with Imogen Cooper introducing the term’s topic
    • hosted on a Monday evening
    • recording available for one month;
  • eight interactive workbooks with videos, information slides & exercises
    • released weekly and hosted on Teachable;
  • three, one-hour Zoom Meetings hosted by a Golden Egg Industry Specialist
    • with break-out rooms for small group discussion
    • hosted on a Tuesday evening.

Term Two Overview: Creating a Believable World

It’s vital to create a believable world. If you don’t believe it, your readers won’t! In this term you will:

  • create maps of your story world;
  • undertake research, create background documents and mood boards;
  • study the many dimensions of your story world;
  • look at description and how to keep the story moving.

Term structure:

  • one, hour-long webinar with Imogen Cooper introducing the term’s topic
    • hosted on a Monday evening
    • recording available for one month;
  • eight interactive workbooks with videos, information slides & exercises
    • released weekly and hosted on Teachable;
  • three, one-hour Zoom Meetings hosted by a Golden Egg Industry Specialist
    • with break-out rooms for small group discussion
    • hosted on a Tuesday evening.

Term Three Overview: Every Novel is a Mystery Story

Planning your clues and reveals! In this term you will:

  • look at seeding and foreshadowing;
  • look at your clues, reveals and when to make them;
  • study the semiotics of your novel;
  • receive a copy of the BookMap© and learn how to track it all!

Term structure:

  • one, hour-long webinar with Imogen Cooper introducing the term’s topic
    • hosted on a Monday evening
    • recording available for one month;
  • eight interactive workbooks with videos, information slides & exercises
    • released weekly and hosted on Teachable;
  • three, one-hour Zoom Meetings hosted by a Golden Egg Industry Specialist
    • with break-out rooms for small group discussion
    • hosted on a Tuesday evening.

Course Cost and Booking

You must have completed Writing for Children and Young Adults to be eligible for this course. Work on Your Novel is run by Imogen Cooper, Founder/Managing Director, and her team of Industry Specialists.

Your editor will recommend whether this course is the right next step for you. If you are unsure whether to apply or not, please discuss this with them. As your editor, they will know whether your manuscript will benefit from this course or another of our services.

You can pay for this course in one of two ways. Please ensure you select the correct payment method below.

  • In full @ £895
    • Your deposit is included
  • Via subscription @ £100 p/m over six months
    • A deposit of £295 is required prior to the purchase of the subscription

Next course start date: Monday 7th March 2022

We are here to help you with any course-specific queries via [email protected], however, we cannot advise whether this course is right for you or not. Please contact your editor if you are unsure whether this is the correct next step.

We would encourage all course students to join the Golden Egg Club to take advantage of the monthly industry talks as well as the community aspect.

6-month programme @ £100 per month plus a deposit of £295


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