Writing a Novel

 8-week course with Susanna Jones
4th October – 29th November 2022
Ralli Hall, Hove

'One of the things that made this course so enjoyable was Susanna's enthusiasm for us, her students, and our work. She clearly loves teaching - and is brilliant at pin-pointing what a piece of writing is trying to do, as well as suggesting how to do it.


She is entirely undogmatic about how to approach writing. She really listens and gives intelligent but non-prescriptive responses. Every session was thought-provoking and stimulating and really specific about how and what works in fiction.'     

Kate E.

Course Information:

Tuesdays, 7.15–9.00pm
4th October – 29th November (no class on 1st November)
Venue: Ralli Hall, Hove 
Course fee: £175
Maximum 12 participants

Perhaps you're just starting to write a novel, finding ideas for your first draft, or are in the middle of writing your novel now. Perhaps you have a draft that isn't quite there yet and you're not sure why it isn't working or what to do next. Perhaps you've made several attempts to start a novel and given up each time. This course is designed to help writers at all these stages.

Susanna Jones has many years' experience teaching and mentoring novelists, from complete beginners to writers at MA and PhD level. For many years, she was the main fiction tutor on the MA in Creative Writing at Royal Holloway University of London. She'll help you find new ways into your material, ways of developing and shaping your fiction while honing your own voice and learning how to use it, or use it better. In a friendly and supportive atmosphere, you'll find that the ideas come easily, your confidence as a writer will grow and you'll have fun in the process.


Some things we'll cover: getting started (or finding new pathways, if you're already working on your novel); developing ideas and characters; narrative voice and point of view; sense of place and atmosphere; storyline and shape. 


You’ll have plenty of time to write, ask questions and try out new ideas so you can see your work develop week by week. You’ll also have access to an online members’ area for optional exercises and activities between sessions. 

There is a week's break in the middle of the course to give you extra writing time.

This is a mixed-level course. It will help to have some experience of writing fiction but, if you're not sure that this is the right course for you, do get in touch to discuss. 

Ralli Hall is a minute's walk from Hove Station. Our room is large and the class will be kept to a maximum of 12 participants to allow plenty of space. 

Note: if you have to miss a session, you'll be able to catch up on anything you miss via the members' page. Materials and discussion points will be posted there after each session so you can work on them in your own time.

To book your place or to find out more, get in touch.