Starting to Write Fiction: The Big Story

For writers in search of a bestselling idea.

The Novelry Limited


£259 inc VAT
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Study method
Online, self-paced
45 days
Access to content
1 year
No formal qualification
Additional info
  • Certificate of completion available and is included in the price

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The famous Classic Course from The Novelry created by an award-winning Booker Prize listed author will help you to start writing a book based on the secrets of the bestselling authors of all time. Learn the ingredients for story success and get started writing for adults or children. Unlock the story inside of you.

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Plan For Story Success.

We'll combine the ingredients of the bestselling books of all time with your own unique life experience to create a powerful, original story. We're going to dig deep into the first stories that moved you to unearth the story only you can tell.

Learn the plot elements used by bestselling authors JK Rowling, JRR Tolkien, CS Lewis and more. You’ll leave the course with your story idea and plot mapped out, ready to write the book you're meant to write.

Create your book idea in 45 gripping lessons on this creative writing course. Suitable for all writers in any genre, including short stories.

“A Mind-Blowing Course.” (Published author and University Creative Writing lecturer, Sara Bailey.)

It's such an extraordinary and effective course that we have literary agents lapping up the works of graduates of the unique course with a cult following.

Delve into the secrets of the all-time bestsellers with over 45 exciting, inspirational lessons served as a box set.

(You'll be on the edge of your seat in anticipation of the next lesson.)

The Classic is a stand-alone course to take at your own speed in your own time. The lessons may take you 20 to 30 minutes to read, and the prompts or exercises can take as long as you want to give them. They'll certainly get you thinking, and creating! The course was created to help you come up with a big story idea. No previous experience or written work in progress needed. Here's where your story starts.

  • Once Upon A Time.

    You will learn the great story structure that is the blueprint for the bestselling classics. Get a working model to use to start planning your story immediately. Find out where ideas come from and how to develop them from something small and innocent into something exciting with commercial potential.

  • Find the Story.

    Draw upon your own experience to create the main characters of your big story. Put ‘memory’ at the service of ‘desire’ in a combination commonly known as ‘imagination’. Exercises that will help you discover that you have all you need inside of you. So many great stories originate from the author's wound.

  • World-Building.

    What are the things you should include to create a reading experience that works a powerful magic? These lessons examine the mechanics of the epic adventure - the cosy start, the portal, the garden, the guide, temptation, decency, the battle, treasure, and noble sacrifice.

  • Heroes & Villains.

    In adult fiction, the conflict is within, in the classic bestsellers it's externalised and there are clear agents of good and evil. You'll need the 'special' hero or heroine, singled out by fortune or misfortune, and villains who exude charisma. Learn why they need to have something in common and how to pit apparent opposites against each other for page-turning excitement.

  • The Reader.

    You are your first reader. Locate the child within and draw upon your own favourites and heroes. Spend time with the old you. Remember the person you wanted to be. Attribute parts of you to your characters. Discover how to take readers on a thrilling adventure whilst keeping them safe in your story.

  • Become an Author.

    Find out how the great authors told their stories, and why. Walk in their footsteps and plunder their toolkits. The sources of inspiration and the working methods are revealed. Leave the course with a big idea, colourful material, a plan, a plot and the confidence that you’re about to write the book of your life.

Our Reviews.

There's no other course like this. It will change the way you write for good.

This course will change your life.Louise Goulding.

No other course comes close to this.Anna Pye.

“It was unlike any other writing course I've done, delving deep into the psyche of the writer that you are: what drives you, what your fears and hopes are, and how you will translate that into the characters in your story.Xiuhui Lee.

Who is this course for?

Suitable for writers of fiction in every genre, for advanced and beginner writers. Original, inspired content to fast-track your writing process. For adult or children's fiction writers.


You will need internet access.

Career path

For those wishing to take their creative writing to a professional standard or to enjoy the pleasure and achievement of creating a big story idea suitable for novels or film.

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