Centre for Continuing Education

Novel Writing Course

Creative writing. Express yourself with the written word.

Coronavirus (COVID-19) update: arrangement of our courses

Some of our courses have moved to online delivery. We aim to continue to deliver a high-quality educational experience through interactive, online classes in real-time. If you are currently enrolled in a course with us, we will be in touch soon with options for your enrolment.

Please note that for online classes, all course materials will be shared electronically. No printed resources will be available.

Ever thought of writing your own novel? Ever had an idea that would make a wonderful novel, but didn’t know where to start? Well, your novel-writing journey begins here!

This course will teach you every skill you need to convert that promising idea into a full-fledged novel, with a thorough, step-by-step grounding in the fundamentals of novel-writing.

Learn how to write dynamic and compelling characters, settings both realistic and fantastical, and plots so addictive that your novel will be impossible to put down. Also learn how to pace your story, edit your manuscript, and find an agent or a publisher for your novel once it is complete.


By the end of this course, you should be able to:

  • write a novel from scratch
  • develop unique characters
  • depict realistic and fantastical settings
  • build coherent fictional worlds
  • develop gripping plots
  • pace and plan narrative arcs
  • build up and resolve tensions within and between scenes
  • edit and proofread a manuscript
  • seek publication for your manuscript.


This course teaches you how to write your very own novel from scratch. Topics covered include:

  • characterisation
  • setting
  • plot
  • pacing
  • editing
  • submitting the novel for publication.

Intended audience

This course would appeal to a broad cross-section of participants from different backgrounds, essentially, any person that is interested in writing a novel.


No prior knowledge of creative writing is required by participants.

Delivery style

Delivered via PowerPoint presentations, course handouts, writing exercises conducted in-class and marked in-class, classroom discussions, and group projects.


You must bring some material to write on, such as sheets of paper and a pen. Even if you bring a laptop for taking notes, please still bring some paper and a pen. In class, you will share your writing on paper and circulate it amongst your peers.


  • Expert trainers
  • Central locations
  • Free, expert advice
  • Course materials – yours to keep
  • CCE Statement of Completion

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