Graduates of our popular writing course, Breaking Into Print, often desire to go deeper into their studies.
Shape, Write and Sell Your Novel is the Institute’s celebrated advanced training program specifically designed for selected IFW or ICL graduates. This course gives you advanced training to increase your prospects for success as a writer in the genre of your choice.
Admission to the course is solely based on the recommendation of your instructor. You'll hear from us if this has happened, or contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
As of January 4, 2018, the Institute is accepting new students into this course.
Shape, Write and Sell Your Novel will teach you the entire process of crafting a novel, starting with the solid foundation of a salable idea; finding the genre that matches your idea; creating a plot summary outline; writing and revising your first three chapters; researching and identifying your market; and developing a submission package targeted to an appropriate editor or agent, which includes a synopsis of your entire novel.
The most important feature of this course is the in-depth involvement and participation of an experienced book author as your instructor. You will always have a guide as you learn the process and begin to write your manuscript.
One-on-one instruction is the method we use throughout Shape, Write, and Sell Your Novel. It is the only method of instruction we use. We train all of our instructors in this method and, in addition, we have given only a few hand-picked instructors intensive course-specific training in this advanced course. One of these specially selected instructors will be your personal guide and mentor from the first through the last assignment.
In addition to expert writing instruction, your mentor will teach you how the book publishing industry actually works, where your particular interests belong among the many genres of fiction, and how to find the appropriate market for your novel. You’ll also learn how to create a submission package that clearly comes across as professional.
Submission requirements vary from publisher to publisher but you’ll finish this course prepared to satisfy a wide variety of submission guidelines.
The course plan will take you from where you are now to a fully envisioned novel with at least your first three chapters completed, along with a professional submission package.
Shape, Write and Sell Your Novel includes eight assignments to be submitted via email to your personal instructor for editing and critiquing, as well as additional home assignments that train you in effective plotting, creating three-dimensional characters, the role of conflict and the dramatic arc. You will achieve a clear working knowledge of the book publishing industry. Your assignments will be graded using the same pass/fail grading policy you are familiar with from your basic course, and returned via email from your instructor.
If you want to complete our course in six months, it’ll just take about 10-11 hours per week. Our course is estimated to require approximately 223 hours of study, but you’ll be able to work at your own pace and have up to two years for completion.
For more detailed information about the course outline, please contact Student Services.
Graduates receive the Institute's coveted diploma.
All of your course materials and textbooks are included with your tuition for Shape, Write, and Sell Your Novel. They include IFW's road map to a finished novel, the 328 page Course Manual. Step by step, with your instructor at your side, it will lead you through the process of writing a novel. And this process will work for your first novel as well as any other novel you write.
The tuition for the complete course of instruction, if paid in full at the time of enrollment, is US$895 plus $19 shipping (US only; other countries will vary). With our monthly payment plan, $85 is due upon enrollment, with $85 payable per month for 10 months, for a total of $935 plus shipping. Tuition is all-inclusive: texts and sales taxes, where applicable, are all included. Overseas students may contact Student Services for shipping costs to their country.
If you are a graduate of our other courses and are interested in this advanced program, please contact email@example.com.
The CT Board for State Academic Awards recommends that graduates be awarded five college credits for completing this advanced course. We have arranged for you to obtain these credits from Charter Oak State College, which operates under the credit granting authority of the Connecticut Board.
No matter where you live, you can have these credits submitted on a Charter Oak transcript to any other college or university, for a fee, when you complete the course. If you are a teacher, the transcript will be sent to your local school board at your request.