Work on Your Novel

Twelve months to work on your story with editorial support and guidance.

One2ones in London, the South West, the Midlands and the North.

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Course Overview

You’ve refined your concept. You’ve strengthened your through-line and your characters have focus and goals. Now you need some time to get your head down to work on your manuscript.

The Work on Your Novel year allows you to continue receiving support, guidance, encouragement and inspiration – something all writers need at every stage of their journey!

Course Requirements

In order to enrol on the Work on Your Novel year, writers must have completed Golden Egg Foundations and have been recommended by their editor to continue at the Academy.

At Golden Egg, we take you seriously as a writer, so we expect all our students to dedicate time each week to work on their manuscripts. We recommend students spend around five hours per week on their manuscripts, and/or any writing exercises recommended by their editor, in addition to attending the three Nest Days and the one2ones. Attendance at the weekly online sessions is not mandatory but is strongly recommended. Note that you should also schedule in time for background reading.

Course Structure

The Work on Your Novel year runs over three terms. Each term includes:

  • a Nest Day at Scholastic, London, held on either a Saturday or a Sunday;
  • eight, weekly, online group sessions with a Golden Egg editor;
  • a one2one with your editor either face-to-face or via Skype.

Nest Days will include facilitated, round-table sharing of progress and goals, the chance to share and discuss an extract of your work with your peers, lunch and a talk and Q&A with an inspirational industry professional or published author. At your one2one you will discuss 10,000 words of your manuscript and/or your Golden Egg Story Foundation Sheets.

You may book a full report or a read of additional word count at your editor’s discretion at any time during the Work on Your Novel year (price on application).

The Big Honk

Work on Your Novel students are invited to attend the highlight of the Golden Egg social calendar, The Big Honk. The Big Honk is an opportunity to rub shoulders with agents, authors and industry professionals as a guest of Imogen Cooper and Barry Cunningham at the Savile Club, Mayfair.


The Work on Your Novel year is only open to students who have completed Golden Egg Foundations. To register your interest, or discuss whether you are suitable for this course please contact us on the programme leader. Please visit our FAQs page for more information.


12 month programme @ £68 per month plus a deposit of £250

N.B. Those currently working with an Industry Editor please contact for more information.


Work on Your Novel London

Next course start date: January 2019

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Work on Your Novel North (Manchester)

Next course start date: January 2019

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Work on Your Novel Wales and South West (Cardiff)

Next course start date: January 2020

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