Ending your novel
Time: 17:30 - 19:30
This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
Course Code: HW185
Duration: 11 sessions (over 11 weeks)
What is the course about?
What must the ending of a novel do for the writer, reader, and the novel itself? Grapple with the challenge of finding a satisifying ending for your novel project in this supportive advanced workshop. Suitable only for advanced writers with a complete or near complete draft of a novel.
This is a live online course. You will need:
- Internet connection. The classes work best with Chrome.
- A computer with microphone and camera is best (e.g. a PC/laptop/iMac/MacBook), or a tablet/iPad/smart phone/iPhone if you don't have a computer.
We will contact you with joining instructions before your course starts.
What will we cover?
- The ending: responsibilties to the reader and the story
- Types of novel ending
- Avoiding 'trick' endings
- How to find your ending
- Strategies for serial works
- Revision and editing
- Next steps: approaching the industry.
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
- Understand the different types of novel ending
- Give and receive feedback with confidence
- Understand the importance of giving peer feedback in contributing to your own craft knowledge
- Produce at least two different versions of your final chapter/s
- Decide a plan for how to finish your novel
- Understand the importance of revision and structural editing
- Identify appropriate next steps for your finished manuscript.
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
This is an advanced course suitable only for writers with either a complete novel draft or a draft nearing completion (at least 60,000 words). You will need to be an enthusiastic reader of novels, comfortable sharing your work with others, and able to commit time to reading peer submissions closely. This course is only suitable for those fluent in English.
How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?
You will learn through a combination of interactive tutor presentation, discussion and analysis of published texts and class exercises. This course contains a large workshop component, which means you will be need to commit to working on your writing outside of class, and to reading others' submissions closely and with care. You will be set reading and writing assignments by the tutor to complete at home.
Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?
There are no additional costs. Please bring writing materials. You are also welcome to bring a laptop or tablet for use during writing exercises if you feel it will help you.
When I've finished, what course can I do next?
If you are ready to submit your work for further rigorous constructive feedback, you can enrol on Advanced Fiction Writing Workshop, or if you are eligible, you can apply for our Masterclass: Fiction course, (either the term-long or year-long option).
Our Craft Focus series is also available to writers who wish to focus on an isolated element of fiction writing craft. We offer short intensive courses in developing character, plot, setting, point of view, and more. See our website or contact the department for advice on how you can develop a programme of fiction writing study.
All students are invited to join us at Late Lines, our regular performance night for City Lit writers. Students are also encouraged to submit their work to Between the Lines, our annual anthology of creative writing. For the latest news, courses and events, stay in touch with the Department on Facebook and Twitter.
Sarah Leipciger’s debut novel, The Mountain Can Wait, was published in 2015 with Tinder Press in the UK and Little, Brown in the US. She has had short stories shortlisted for the Bridport Prize, the Fish Prize and the Asham Award, and is a past winner of THIS Magazine’s Great Canadian Literary Hunt. She has also written non-fiction for The Guardian and The Toronto Star. She has facilitated workshops at several literature events, including the Edinburgh International Book Festival, and has been teaching fiction and life writing to young people and adults in prisons since 2003; she is currently the Creative Writing tutor at HMP Brixton in London. Her second novel, Coming Up for Air, will be published in February 2020 with Doubleday UK and House of Anansi Press in Canada. Doubleday UK has also procured her third novel, with a release date TBA. She is a PhD student in Creative Writing at Goldsmiths University.
Please note: We reserve the right to change our tutors from those advertised. This happens rarely, but if it does, we are unable to refund fees due to this. Our tutors may have different teaching styles; however we guarantee a consistent quality of teaching in all our courses.