Write a Novel in a Year

Inspiration, Motivation and Support
from Planning to Publication

With Novelist and Poet, Maria Frankland, (Author of ten psychological thrillers, two poetry collections and a memoir.)

Hi there! I'm Maria and if you click the video above I can say a proper hello to you.  I'm excited that you're interested in Write a Novel in a Year, and I'm guessing that this is an ambition you've been harbouring for some time.

This course does exactly what it says on the tin, (in the words of one of the writers who I've worked with,) and it will support you from the first to the last word of your novel, whilst nurturing your talent as a writer.

As you scroll on, there's lots of information about how the course can support the writing of YOUR novel, but if you still have questions, drop me a line.

Remember, no one can write your novel but YOU!

The Overview

Part One (9 sessions)
Getting Started and Planning:
Deciding on a genre and theme. Research. Planning characters, setting, plot and getting started.

Part Two (9 sessions)
Building your Novel:
Honing skills such as dialogue, 'show, don’t tell,' pace, structure, tension and audience whilst working on your 1st draft.

Part Three (8 sessions)
The Professional Novelist:
Editing, presentation, outlets for publication, networking and promoting yourself as an author.

You will be writing one-two pages a day (250-500 words) and will complete your first draft within one year.

If you have any questions, drop me a line. Hearing from other writers always makes my day! Or if you just want to get started, hit the button below.

Editing and submission advice will ensure you're ready to market directly to an army of readers or to go down the traditional route and submit to literary agents and publishers.

My Risk Free Promise

You will love this course and it will help you achieve your dream of writing a book and being a published novelist.

I am so confident of this that I promise a full refund within the first 30 days, should you decide it's not for you.

Payments are directed through PayPal for your complete peace of mind.  (If you don't have a PayPal account, we can set up a direct arrangement.)


The enjoyment as your novel grows.

The pride when you hold your book.

The joy of signing copies at your launch.

The thrill of earning from your creative passion.

Did you know...

According to a recent study of writers,  97 out of 100 stories are languishing in drawers and on hard drives. Write a Novel in a Year will ensure that your story is NOT one of them!

Into this course, I have distilled all my knowledge and expertise from my Masters in Creative Writing and my own experience of being a published novelist.

I recall the joy at the time of my first novel (pictured below) being published and want to help you experience this too!

(Autonomy Press)

Commonly Asked Questions

Will I really write a book within one year?

Yes!  If you follow my prescribed method of writing a page every single day.  One side of handwritten A4 is around 250 words if you're writing by hand.  Therefore, writing one page every day will result in around 90,000 words within one year. It works for me.

Won’t I need a lot of discipline to get going?

Not discipline, more desire.  I promise that once you start your novel, you won’t be able to bear to stop.  The characters will begin to live inside you which is very exciting, and you will want to keep going forward with your story.

How will it fit into my lifestyle?

I send your novel writing course in 26 sessions to your in-box every fortnight, on a Monday at 8am. (gmt)  You decide when you complete the exercises.  And you arrange your ‘page a day’ habit at a time when it will fit in with your other commitments.

Isn’t it isolating trying to work on my own?

Writing a novel is a solitary activity so later in the course, I provide information about networking as a writer, both online and socially.

Also, as a course participant, you will gain access to the Facebook forum with other participants of the ‘Write a Novel Course,’ where you can swap and share ideas, thoughts, news and gain feedback on each other’s work.  I also dip into this group and can be contacted through it, or by email.

What if I change my mind?

This course comes with a risk-free 30 day money back guarantee.  (see t&c's for more info)

What does it cost?

£30 per month for 12 months or one payment of £295.

How will I know what to do with my book once I have written it?

In the latter stages of the course, guidance is given around getting your manuscript ready for submission, along with details of getting an agent and/or publisher.  Guidance is also given around other outlets for publication such as self-publishing and competitions.

How will I know if what I am writing is any good?

All writers have this doubt!  I even saw a tweet from JK Rowling expressing this!  As you progress through the course and your writing skills improve, your novel will strengthen.  Writing is a craft and the course will equip you to improve and be able to self-assess and edit until your manuscript is as polished as can be. As writers, we only ever get better!

This could be the best decision you ever make as a writer

If you have any questions, drop me a line  

You may want to ask me about an idea you've had for a novel or ask a question about elements of the course that haven't been covered on this webpage. 

Please note: this course does not include an individual critique service.  It is designed to develop your writing skills and provide self-editing help.  The Facebook group encourages 'peer assessment.'

I recommend this course to anyone who has thought they can write a book.  The tutor encouraged me from the start and has been there every step of the way, providing support and advice.” Patricia Wall, Leeds

I have never stuck at a course until I enrolled on ‘Write a Novel in a Year.’  This is purely down to Maria. The course is  fun, well-structured and backed up with examples of how to plan, organise and design your novel.  Every session is enjoyable and I look forward to them . Maria is full of encouragement and has a way of making you feel like you can achieve anything! I wish all my teachers had been so great!”  Beccy, Leeds

“I have always wanted to write a book, and, in trepidation, I decided to try "Write a Novel in a Year."  I am so pleased I bolstered the courage.  Now part way through, I have a plan to follow, and guidance all the way.  There is something exhilarating about writing a novel, especially when you have someone to turn to. Love this course.” Lyn Towers, Harrogate

"I have thoroughly enjoyed this course. I've always wanted to write a book and can’t believe I have written a third of one.  I have a clear plan for the remainder and an idea to expand it to a trilogy. I couldn't have done this without this writing course and would like to thank Maria for her support and encouragement.  I would thoroughly recommend this programme for anyone who believes they have a novel in them."  S Waters, Otley