Kickstart your Novel: Learn from a prizewinning author

Nicola Valentine, Prize winning writer of novels, stories and films

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12 Videos (40m)
    • Lesson 1: An introduction to the course and me

      1:06
    • Lesson 2: Finding ideas and inspiration

      3:11
    • Lesson 3: Writing Prompts

      3:03
    • Lesson 4: Using true stories or real events

      2:42
    • Lesson 5: Writing a premise

      3:28
    • Lesson 6: Ways of working

      5:25
    • Lesson 7: Writing a synopsis

      3:53
    • Lesson 8: Building Characters

      2:57
    • Lecture 9: Character Interview

      2:51
    • Lecture 10: Some tips on the writing

      3:11
    • Lesson 11: Class Project

      6:10
    • Lesson 12: Final Thoughts

      2:16

About This Class

Kickstart your Novel, working with a prize winning author. We'll cover how to find ideas and inspiration, and what to do next to grow and develop these into a plan for a novel. We'll look at the way different writers work and how you might go about finding your own writing process, and there'll be advice about the actual writing too. If you've always wanted to write a novel but don't know where to start, this is the course for you.

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14 of 15 students recommendSee All

Well structured, clear, concise, and very informative.
This is a class that I need to go through a couple times. There is so much valuable information. I learned a lot and look forward to applying it to my writing.
Excellent course, thank you for putting it together and sharing your insights! I loved the Snowflake Method and the article Growing a Tale. It was good to hear (again) that there is more than one way to Rome... Thank you again for your inspiring and motivating course! Good luck with your next work!
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Nicola Valentine

Prize winning writer of novels, stories and films

I'm a prize winning novelist as Nicola Monaghan, and also write best selling thrillers as Niki Valentine. I've published novels, short stories, articles in magazines and national newspapers and pieces for broadcast on BBC radio. I've also written and produced short films and am working on my first feature.

You can read stories and extracts from my novels on this blog.

You can find my books on Amazon USA or Amazon UK, and on most online retailers. 

I'm on YouTube here and on Goodreads here, and I blog here.- you can sign up to my Book Club here.