Historical fiction group coaching 2019

I'm delighted to confirm that my work-in-progress group coaching programme for historical fiction writers will return in spring 2019.

The first class, which started in October, has proved very successful, with all the participants making great progress on their novels and improving their writing as they go.

If you think you might be interested in joining this unique programme, read on for more details and to join the waiting list. Joining the waiting list means you'll know the exact dates for the programme right away, and you'll also get a sneak peek of the learning material before applications open. It does not commit you to joining the programme.

What is it?

It’s a six month coaching programme combining expert tutor critiques and guidance with feedback and support from a small group of fellow historical fiction writers. There will be up to eight writers in every group, and the programme accommodates a range of experience, from new writers to those who have already been published. Everyone will be working towards completing their historical fiction novels.

What will it involve?

1) Regular feedback and guidance on your writing from me, your tutor.

2) Writing critiques and support from your peers.

3) Monthly tutorial videos (plus accompanying PDFs if you don’t like videos) focusing on different aspects of writing (plot, structure, characterisation, etc.) to aid learning and refresh skills.

4) A weekly Q&A with me and the other group members to answer any questions that arise from your writing.

5) Optional writing exercises.

6) A detailed report on your progress at the end of the six months and a free (optional) Skype/phone consultation with the tutor.

Who is it for?

Anyone who will be writing a historical fiction novel in 2019, no matter what stage you’re at. You may just be starting out (or about to start), or you might be editing a manuscript that you've been working on for some time. The current intake includes a mixture of both.

Why group coaching?

Group coaching gives you access to expert guidance and support while also enabling you to benefit from the feedback and comradery of fellow historical fiction writers. Writing can be a challenging and often isolating experience; group coaching means you won’t have to face any problems alone, and there will always be someone who’s been through the same struggles.

Coaching helps you to resolve issues earlier on in the writing process so that you avoid wasting time, effort, and money dealing with them later on. Equally, it can give you confirmation that you’re on the right track without having to spend months or years on a manuscript before anyone else sees it. Above all, it allows you to learn as you write, giving you access to resources, feedback, and troubleshooting all in one place.

So, how much will it cost?

£85 per month.

If you’re not based in the UK/not paying in sterling, that’s no problem. The groups will usually include writers from a mixture of different countries, including from the USA, Canada, and elsewhere, and appropriate international payment options will be available.

How do I sign up?

There will be a short application process. You’ll need to submit a blurb describing the basic premise of your story (a full synopsis isn’t required), plus approximately 1000 words of your writing (this can be from your current project or a previous one). We’re aiming for a mix of experience, so don’t feel shy if you’re a first-time writer or you don’t think your work is up to scratch. The aim is to foster learning and improvement.

Interested?

Great! Click below to join the waiting list.

Joining the waiting list means you'll know the exact dates for the programme right away, and you'll also get a sneak peek of the learning material before applications open. It does not commit you to joining the programme.

I have more questions!

No problem. The launch later in 2019 will be accompanied by a full FAQ. In the meantime, you're welcome to email me with any specific questions. And don't forget to join the waiting list!

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Andrew Noakes

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Andrew is a specialist historical fiction editor based in London, UK.
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