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Creative Writing: Writing for Publication

Do you have a book in you? Do you have ambitions to be a published author? This course Writing for Publication will give you the grounding you need to approach publishers, agents, editors, or get your e-book into shape. The focus will be on how to structure and form your novel; how to work with the genre formula of your choice and how to pitch your work and reach your readers.

Please Note: This course is now being delivered online using Microsoft Teams. Please ensure that you have downloaded the Microsoft Teams application prior to enrolling to ensure that you are able to use it on your device.


We are currently confirming times and dates for this course. Please register your interest below or contact us for more information.

What topics are covered?

What constitutes a novel? – How to reach the end of your long-form prose manuscript. Who are my readers? – How to reach the audience who will love what you write. Am I writing in the style that suits me? – A step-by-step guide to writing in the key popular genres: romance, thriller/crime fiction, fantasy, historical, and science-fiction. When is my novel ready? – How to approach polishing, editing, and completion of a final draft. What happens next? – Get your book noticed with instruction on how to pitch to a publisher or agent, getting your blurb and synopsis sorted, and identifying yourself as an author in a competitive market for self-publishing.

Who is the course aimed at?

Students who have begun their writing and want to make some key decisions about how to take it to the next level. This course can trouble-shoot for those that have already approached a publisher but only had rejections so far. You might feel the need for a shift in your approach or style to something that will determine more commercial, productive results.

Who will be my tutor?

Dr. Gabrielle Malcolm is an experienced author and editor. She is published in her own right and has worked as an editor and writer for others. Her freelance work and commissions include non-fiction works on Jane Austen and Shakespeare, and scripts for children’s theatre and animation. Widely acknowledged in her field, she brings together critical and cultural insight with experience of the commercial publishing world to help you achieve your goals.

How will I learn?

There will be structured sessions and step-by-step guidance to cover the material. The tutor will provide examples and instruction, some of which will be tailored to suit individual students’ specific requirements. In addition, one-to-one feedback on manuscripts and drafts will also be provided. With the aid of the tutor, students will draw up an action plan to take things forward at the end of the course.

Are there any additional costs?

Your tutuor will advise on recommended texts, subscriptions for writing journals and magazines which you may wish to purchase.`

Where will I need to go on my first day?

This is an Online Course so please join via Teams on your electronic device

What do I need to bring?

Students will need an electronic device (PC, Mac, Tablet or Phone) and the Microsoft Teams Application to participate in Online lessons via Teams

Your own resources (digital or paper) for taking notes. The course aims to be as paperless as possible, with supplementary materials and information sent electronically.

What else do I need to know?

This is a short course with a specific goal to help students achieve certain skills in a specific form of writing. Other Writing courses are on offer so do make enquiries of staff to see what’s right for you.
When you have been enrolled on your course you will receive a confirmation email containing information about where to go, campus information, parking and the Student Code of Conduct. This email will be sent to the email address provided in the online booking.You will be required to wear a photographic ID badge at all times when in College. Please email a passport style photograph stating your full name and course title in the subject line to StudentID@bathcollege.ac.uk

To avoid disappointment, please make sure you enrol on your chosen course early. Decisions regarding running or cancelling a course are made one week prior to the start of the course. If a course is cancelled, you will be informed and your course fees refunded in full. Please see Terms and Conditions of Enrolment.The course will not run on bank holidays or during half term. Please check the term dates.

Cancelling your enrolment

If you have to cancel your enrolment please notify us by email: info@bathcollege.ac.uk as soon as possible.

Refunds will not be issued if a learner is unable to attend due to a change of mind including concerns about Covid-19, accommodation, domestic circumstances, work commitments or if the College requires a learner to leave for reasons of conduct.

Click here to access our Covid-19 FAQ - https://www.bathcollege.ac.uk/news/84413

Where can I find out more information?

If you need help or answers to specific questions, please contact the Student Advice Centre on 01225 312191 ext 720 or email info@bathcollege.ac.uk.

How do I enrol?

You can enrol on this course:

Online: Click the "Add to Cart" button to enrol online.
Phone: Call 01225 328720 during our opening hours
Post: Download the Love2learn Learning Agreement and send to Student Advice Centre, Bath College, Avon Street, Bath BA1 1UP.
In person: Visit the Student Advice Centre in either of our campuses

Please see how to enrol for more detailed information.


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