Six modules, taught by professional writers and editors, guide students through the tricky terrain of novel writing, from plotting, planning and researching a novel, through to character development, pacing, narrative voice and style, revisions and editing.
By the end of this year-long novel writing course, students will have developed the skills needed to draft their novels and the necessary materials to interest an agent in their work: three polished chapters, a professional-standard synopsis and a blurb. Students are also trained for public readings, culminating in a prestigious showcasing of their novels-in-progress to industry guests. See our Novel Studio Anthology 2020.
Students are also prepared for the presentation of their work to agents and publishers.
City has been running courses in Creative Writing for over a decade and offers students provision from the earliest stages of writing through to MA level.
Who is it for?
Those who have always wanted to write a novel, who want time to develop their writing in a supportive, professional environment and those interested in establishing links with agents and publishers.
Find out more about our Fiction writing at City, University of London courses
Taught over 30 weeks (two evening classes a week), The Novel Studio offers you the opportunity to learn through an exciting and diverse teaching methodology.
- Research and development (10 weekly classes on Tuesdays)
- Fictional forms (10 weekly classes on Thursdays)
- Workshop one (10 weekly classes on Tuesdays)
- Fictional techniques (10 weekly classes on Thursdays
- The publishing industry (10 weekly classes on Tuesdays)
- Workshop two (10 weekly classes on Thursdays)
With visits from established writers, agents and editors, the course has strong links with the publishing industry and an impressive publication record. Take a look at our array of published alumni.
The Novel Studio Scholarship
Generously supported by Novel Studio alumna and best-selling crime author, Harriet Tyce, The Novel Studio scholarship supports a talented writer from a low-income household who might not otherwise be able to accept an offer of a place on course.
Apply for the Novel Studio Scholarship.
The Novel Studio competition
In a rare opportunity to bypass the slush pile, all applications to the Novel Studio will automatically be considered for our City Novel Studio Competition.
The best three applications will be passed on to Christine Green, literary agent at Christine Green Authors' Agency, with a view to representation.
The competition is open to unpublished novelists writing in any fictional genre for adults, including literary fiction, women's fiction, science fiction, young adult fiction, chick-lit, fantasy, crime fiction, thriller, historical fiction, but not non-fiction or fiction for children.
Read the full competition terms, conditions and information.