Historical fiction group coaching, autumn/fall 2019

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

If you think you might be interested in joining this unique programme, read on for more details. At the bottom of this email, you'll also be able to join the waiting list, which means you'll be the first to know the exact dates for the autumn 2019 launch, and you'll also get an early preview of the learning material.

What is it?

It’s a six month online group 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 (including plot, structure, characterisation, prose, setting, and viewpoint) 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 autumn 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.

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. At the same time, it provides the accountability you need to make progress on your manuscript.

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.

What do previous participants say?

Here's what some previous participants have said about the programme:

"As a first-time author, I was excited to join a group coaching programme focused on historical fiction writing and led by an editor specializing in the genre. Andrew and the rest of the group couldn’t have been more welcoming and supportive. The regular critiques and learning modules gave me the extra tools and knowledge I needed to re-think aspects of my story that were causing me difficulty, and I’m now writing with renewed confidence, motivation, and enjoyment." – Kelly Scarborough, autumn 2018 cohort

"After self-publishing my first novel and having the sequel picked up by a traditional publisher, I was keen to write a third to take the series forward. Inevitably, life got in the way and progress was slow, so I joined Andrew’s group coaching programme with the aim of getting back on track. The accountability and support have given me a much-needed lift, helping me put in the time and effort necessary to boost my word count. The critiques, Q&As, and learning modules have also helped me broaden my understanding of story craft and improve my writing as I go along." – Jonathan Hopkins, autumn 2018 cohort

So, how much will it cost?

£85 (GBP) / $110 (USD) per month.

The programme accommodates writers from all over the world, and appropriate international payment options will be available.

How do I sign up?

There will be a short application process closer to the time. 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 aim 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.


Great! Click below to join the waiting list.

Joining the waiting list means you'll be the first to know the exact dates for autumn 2019, and you'll also get an early preview of the learning material. It does not commit you to joining the programme.

I have more questions!

No problem. The launch later this year 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.