A Complete One-Year Programme for Novelists
Honest, professional guidance an affordable price
Writers Toolkit is designed to cover all the essentials of fiction. It is based on our groundbreaking Apprenticeships scheme. Over the course of a year (or so), writers will work towards knocking their manuscript into shape under the guidance of an experienced professional mentor. An agreed framework document sets out aims & objectives.
Writers Toolkit takes an holistic step by step approach to the writing process. It allows you to go at your own pace and is designed to be supportive and encouraging at every stage. Building confidence and learning to trust your own intuition is key.
At regular intervals, writers will receive feedback on their work in progress, in the form of detailed written appraisals, notations on the manuscript, exercises, worksheets and one-to-one interaction. Areas covered include character, setting and plot, as well as prose style and presentation, identifying genre, writing a synopsis, structure, point of view, narrative development and planning.
The programme is flexible to suit individual requirements. It consists of four or five sessions over a year to eighteen months. They can be used to improve writing in general, to work towards a final draft, or to redraft an existing manuscript. There are two options offered within an agreed timetable.
1. Five partial readings of thirty pages. (10,000 words)
2. Three partial readings & one full manuscript appraisal
The programme includes a checklist and concludes with a summary assessment.
Is this the right programme for me?
The programme is open to all writers writing in English, across genre. Whether you are starting out or have completed a full draft, the programme is adapted to suit you. The sole criteria for application is a desire to develop your writing and a project to work on. (Thirty pages or 10,000 words and a synopsis if you have one.)
This is a virtual programme working with clients worldwide. (International writers: do bear in mind that our input is based on UK and related markets. Local market requirements may differ.)
£1,500.00 (payable in two instalments)
Stage 1. £250.00
Stage 2. £1,250.00
(Stage 1 is an initial introduction to the full package.)
The course leader is Marion Urch, the director of Adventures in Fiction. She has been working with writers across genre since 2003 and has helped many on the path to success.
Our guarantee: By completion, you will have a thorough understanding of every aspect of the fiction writing process and a clear sense of your own stage of development.
If you respond well to deadlines, this is the programme for you.
Think this may be the right programme for you? Do email us with any initial enquiries. We will be happy to answer them.
Email us with ‘Writers Toolkit’ in the email heading. Include details about yourself, your current stage and what you are hoping to achieve along with a first page and a synopsis if you have one. (If you don’t have one, try to summarize your essential starting points, whatever these might be. It doesn’t have to be perfect. Just include enough details to give the reader a sense of what you are aiming for.)
We will contact you to confirm this is the right package for you.
Like a Chat?
Writers Surgery is an excellent introduction to working with us. (We offer £100.00 discount on Writers Toolkit booked within three months of your Writers Surgery appointment.) Find out more.
For a more informal chat (Zoom or phone) email us with a short note about you and your work, what you would like to achieve and some indication of your availability and we will contact you with a time slot.
We look forward to hearing from you!
Once you have paid the initial fee of £250.00 and sent us your first thirty pages, we are ready to go! (We will send bank details and confirm receipt.) We will then get back to you within 3-4 weeks with our initial assessment.
Upon payment of the second instalment of £1,250.00, we will discuss the best option with you, set out a framework and agree on a timetable. You can then send us your pages.
Terms & Conditions
The usual terms & conditions apply. Do read them for your own peace of mind.
We expect writers who have signed up to make a commitment to complete the programme, though we understand that this may not always be possible.
We will take exceptional circumstances into account and agree a refund of any unallocated part of the fee, minus a cancellation fee of £350.00, which covers administration costs.
WRITERS TOOLKIT: REVIEWS
“I’ve greatly appreciated your feedback, which has always been professionally measured and to the point. Writers Toolkit has helped me better define my plot and characters, gain a much better understanding of professional layout, and sharpen my idea of genre. I would certainly recommend Writers Toolkit very highly.”
Cameron Riddle used Writers Toolkit to complete the first full draft of his novel.
“Thank you very much for your detailed report and notes. It’s brought immense value to my writing experience and I am sure it will continue to do so.
The structure (of the report) is easy to follow. I find the examples you use to demonstrate a point particularly helpful, especially on the manuscript itself.
I also appreciate your sensitive style of critiquing. I thought I’d be overwhelmed by the criticism and spiral into self-doubt, but that’s not the case. I can follow your reasoning quite easily. Most importantly, you’re giving me workable methods to improve.”