What’s the basic format of the course?
The course runs as a series of 14 one-to-one tutorials, 11 by email and 3 by Skype / Zoom / telephone call (additional Skype / Zoom / telephone exchanges can be booked).
The course is divided into two halves – ‘Part One – Routes Forward’ (Modules 1-7) and ‘Part Two – Going Further’ (Modules 8-14). Most writers take between 3-9 months to complete each half, depending on how much time they have available to work on their novella.
Each of the 14 Modules consists of at least one PDF handout (over 30 in total) with several pages of teaching content, writing and brainstorming assignments, plus occasional reading assignments (such as published examples of flash fictions and extracts from novellas-in-flash / novels-in-flash). At the end of each Module you email the tutor your response and receive supportive, in-depth and transformative feedback on how to take your material forward.
It’s designed to allow for a flexible approach – think of it as the chemistry lab in which you incubate, nourish and nurture the beautiful, mad little organism that is your novella-in-flash / novel-in-flash.
Who is it aimed at?
Because of an adaptable, one-to-one course structure, this course is designed to be suitable for writers who want to begin a brand new Novella-in-Flash/Novel-in-Flash AND for writers who want to develop an existing Novella-in-Flash/Novel-in-Flash idea. It does help to have at least one idea for a project before you begin. It allows you to finish longer projects (i.e. novel-length rather than novella-length) if you want, by offering the option to submit longer manuscripts for feedback at the end of the course.
It’s aimed at people with some prior experience of writing stories in some form (this could be flash fiction, novels, short stories, plays / screenplays, or narrative poems etc), whether published or unpublished. It suits adventurous, keen writers who would like to commit to a longer writing project but know they would benefit from some help. It suits writers who would like in-depth, one-to-one support over a sustained period.
How long does it take and how do I learn?
It can be completed over a flexible time period – as little as 12 weeks, or as long as a year. It’s expected that each module involves 3 to 6 hours of your time in writing, reading and thinking (including optional tasks).
The incubation process for a novella-in-flash / novel-in-flash often requires care and patience – drafts can feel exploratory, experimental or tentative, and a manuscript can at first seem more like a caterpillar than a butterfly. This course has therefore been designed as an in-depth one-to-one dialogue and process of development, rather than a communal course for a group of writers (with the necessary deadlines that go with that style of teaching). In other words, you can proceed at your own pace, and you won’t be forced through the excruciating pain of sharing hesitant first drafts in public – except with the course tutor, who will give you generous one-to-one support throughout your writing journey. Nor will you have to spend time writing feedback for other participants during this course – the whole process is designed around your writing and yours alone.
For the optional ‘case study’ element, certain books or pamphlets will be required reading while undertaking this course. The cost of purchasing these texts is not included in the course fee. The number of ‘case study’ books / pamphlets you study as part of the course is negotiable.
A further book, My Very End of the Universe (Rose Metal Press, 2011) is recommended reading, but not part of the course. This book is a seminal anthology of 5 Novellas-in-Flash. It contains an excellent introductory essay plus one craft essay by each of the 5 authors. Available here: Link
Do I have to sign up to all 14 Modules from the outset?
No, you can book a place on ‘Part One – Routes Forward’ (Modules 1-7) without committing to the second half of the course, and then book your place on ‘Part Two – Going Further’ (Modules 8-14) at a later date if you wish.
What if I find I need extra help to complete the novella?
You can arrange extra Skype / Zoom / telephone support during the course for a small additional fee. You can also book additional mentoring or manuscript feedback when the course ends, if you feel there is further to go with your novella. See prices here.
Who teaches the course?
The course is taught by writer and tutor Michael Loveday. More information about Michael can be found here.
How much does the course cost?
Prices can be found here.
When is the course available?
PLEASE NOTE THAT – AS OF 17th FEBRUARY 2020 – THE COURSE IS NOW FULL FOR THE REMAINDER OF 2020. THE COURSE SHOULD REOPEN FOR BOOKINGS IN 2021. PLEASE CHECK THE WEBSITE THEN.
However, if you would like feedback on an existing novella-in-flash that’s already completed, please email me details here.