The Writing Course for Novelists.

(Who want to get that novel done.)

If this is you...

  • You have a day job and/or kids and you don't think you have time to write a book
  • You worry about 'plotting' a book and seeing it through the 'The End'
  • You're struggling with a half-written manuscript. You don't know whether to carry on or start again?

This is Louise.

Louise Dean started writing with three children under five and a day job. Her novels have been published internationally by Penguin, Simon & Schuster and others. Winner of The Society of Authors Betty Trask Prize, Winner Le Prince Maurice Prize. Nominated for The Guardian First Book Prize, and the Dublin IMPAC Literary Award. Longlisted for the Man Booker prize. Her last novel was an Oprah Book Club choice. She is your course tutor.

'A significant voice in British fiction.' The Observer.

Louise has taught for the Arvon Foundation on novel writing and short stories and spoken on writing at Hay on Wye, Brisbane, Galle and Edinburgh Festivals, on BBC1 News and BBC Radio 4 and more. 'Louise Dean's fearless, frank and darkly comic novels have brought a fresh colour and character to English fiction.' The Independent.

The writing course writers love.

'Dazzling expertise.' Ann Hodson.

"The support and love I've received from Louise and the whole Kritikme Krew has been phenomenal. As for confidence in my writing, I know I am a much better writer than I was three months ago. I have a novel, an actual manuscript that I can work into a publishable piece of fiction."

Anna Pye

"This time two months ago, to the day, I sat down and started a draft. This morning, I finished it. Thank you, Louise! 60 days. I have you and your brilliance to thank for that."

Louise Tucker

"Life-changing. Game-changing. Me-changing."

Alex Ireson

"I am thrilled to have written my novel in 90 days. In fact it was 82 days. It was highly motivating to be part of a literary movement whose promise was to not let anything stand in our way. Thanks to Louise and the rest of the Krew for their ongoing support."

Babar Javed

"Utterly brilliant. Life-changing, in fact. The course, the community and the guide, Louise, are the best things that have ever happened to the writer in me. If you're serious about writing a novel, don't let it roll about for 10 years. Write it in a season, while it's fresh and you're on fire. DO THIS COURSE! I challenge you not to fall in love with it."

Rashmi Sirdeshpande

"I have looked for help with my writing process before but Kritikme is the only actual help I have ever found. Its the combination of so many factors - Louise's dazzling expertise at every level of the novel-writing odyssey. It's like going to a very good school where the head truly has a calling."

Ann Hodson

"This course will get your book written! Louise listens, encourages and gives good critical feedback not some airy fairy feedback but something that makes sense...she’s all about getting it done. This course is a whimper free zone. She explains how and why things should be done in a certain way - the process. Through a whole written process, videos and even chats with Louise it finally fell into place for me. That dream of writing a novel isn’t a dream anymore it’s my daily reality thanks to this course."

Ros Try-Hane

"The Kritikme course has given me insight into how to use language effectively. The energy provided by the course is incredible and there is no feeling of isolation as there is good support throughout. Louise certainly knows her stuff and my style of writing has improved dramatically. I have achieved so much more than I thought I was capable of. Come and join our Kritikme Krew - you'll be amazed by yourself."

Viv Singfield

"I cannot recommend this course highly enough! The teaching is first class and I have learnt so much about the craft of novel-writing."

Jo Martin

"I'm so glad I found Kritikme, it was exactly what I needed to enable me to stay motivated and get my novel finished (in 56 days!) I love the daily posts and it's interesting watching an established author such as Louise going through the process of getting her next novel down. With Louise, you have a fabulous tutor, mentor and friend all in one, and I'd highly recommend anyone struggling to get their novel finished to take the course."

Janice Cumberlidge

"This Kritikme journey is first class travel. Your guide knows what lies ahead, but has retained her thirst for the unexpected, she is discovering just as much as you are. Your travel companions become your kinfolk. The surroundings are plush and beautifully designed. The view every morning is new, your energy is high, you travel fast, trust the voyage to reveal what it needs to and leave behind the voices that have held you back. I managed to leave the inner critic behind very early in the process. That's down to Louise. I don't know how she did it, but it's the first time ever."

Sam Hudson

"Joining Kritikme was just the move I needed to make. It provides quick clear guidance and confidence to actually get on with what you promised yourself you would do. Write a book. Louise has been there and done that, and she knows what you are experiencing every step of the way. It's like writing with your own little group of supportive fans who are behind you all the way. If you need that push to get going, 'The Novel in Ninety' is a great step to take."

David Hogarth

"I got a routine going, fantastic support from Louise and the group. I looked forward to seeing the posts each day and they not only offered great advice and steps to follow but reminded me that I'm a writer who writes...daily. Wow! Louise is a gifted facilitator. This course has made me really think about what I want to achieve with this book and has given me the confidence to stretch myself far more than I thought possible."

Sara Bailey

"This is just an excellent product. It transforms the job of writing utterly. Support, friendship, encouragement and the joy of people actually being interested in what you're doing creatively. Inspirational texts and posts, sound advice and a great work ethic from Louise and all the Krew. Loving it!"

Romla Ryan

"I've always fantasised about writing a novel. I thought I had it in me but never found the right time to test it. Always believing that I was too busy. Kritikme gave me the inspiration and help to finally do it...I have a huge sense of achievement. "

Rob Wainwright

"Kritikme has changed my life. It’s given me confidence, skill, passion and a piece of work to be proud of, and every budding novel writer deserves all that"

Bee Middleton-Manners

"It works! I wrote a first draft of nearly 70,000 words! And it's a usable first draft, with a solid structure and theme that I can build on. I have a great sense of achievement. I'm a great believer in instant gratification, and this course gets you producing work straight away. No stopping to edit for critique like on more formal courses, and no need to spend time critiquing others until you are ready to. Just a wonderful smooth and steady progress towards producing your own work."

Cate Guthleben

"When I joined this course, I had no idea whether I’d find the time to write, much less an idea I wanted to write about. We’re now just over a month along and I have my idea, characters, and a plot outline. I feel alive, inspired and creative again. That’s all thanks to Louise. This course has way exceeded my expectations: it’s given me my joy back."

Lindsey Pitt

"If you've been telling yourself for years that one day you will write that novel, then you need to get yourself signed up with KritikMe. You'll get the support you need. Louise and the Krew are generous and welcoming, so important for a novice writer (as I am). This is as far from the anonymous online course as you can get. I hesitate to say it's life changing, but nothing else, ever, has got me up and out of bed at daft o'clock to write every day. Just do it!"

Lisa Machin

Your story starts here.

Suitable for writers of any genre - Young Adult, Children's, Sci-Fi, Comedy, Thriller, Memoir Romance, and Literary, even non-fiction because every book tells a story.

The Ninety Day Novel ®

Suitable for all genres, you'll learn how to tell a great story. You will be served a lesson online a day for 90 days to guide you to complete your book with success. Develop your writing to publishing standard,  and learn to love the writer's life. From £99 a month for 3 months.

Course prices

The Complete Novel Plan. The Fast Track.

Over 100 lessons available immediately to take at your own speed to enable you to finish your novel in progress, or write a novel from 'what if' to 'The End.' Produce the very best novel you can at high speed. For writers with more time and an understanding day job. Just one payment of £399.

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Join the community that's a safe place for serious writers. Get fast helpful feedback on your work from fellow writers at The Kritikme Lodge. Find writers' resources and develop your work at The Members Library. Get feedback and advice from publishing professionals and literary agents at special rates. Events. 24/7 support.

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How To Write A Classic

Story planning bootcamp. Discover how the classic stories work. This is the place to start to make sure you've got all you need in place. Learn the essentials of writing classic fiction for readers aged 8 to 80. An adventure into your imagination to unearth all the ingredients for a great story.  Starts Monday 12th March. 


'It works.'

'I wrote a first draft of nearly 70,000 words! Knowing there was new material every day really encouraged me to show up daily and to produce work. I have a great sense of achievement. I'm a great believer in instant gratification, and this course gets you producing work straight away.' Cate Guthleben.

1. Inspired Guidance

Daily lessons in video and text come to you on a beautiful online platform. Discover the one word key that unlocks the idea. Don't sweat the plot. You will be guided step by step all the way to 'The End.'  This is how novels really get written.

2. Good Working Habits

Learn 'the method'. It's the secret to success. Don't waste time doing the wrong things in the wrong order. Fast-track your novel writing process. Boost your productivity and develop your skills rapidly with a method that once learnt you will keep for the rest of your life.

3. Encouragement & Support

The support from the coach, Louise, and community of writers is round the clock and all embracing. Nobody gets left behind! It's what makes Kritikme different to other creative writing courses. Writers call it a life-changing experience. The experience is 'cosy'.

Some of the brilliant writers you will learn from on your journey:

"Whatever you're meant to do, do it now. The conditions are always impossible."

Doris Lessing

"When I used to teach creative writing, I would tell the students to make their characters want something right away—even if it’s only a glass of water. Characters paralyzed by the meaningless of modern life still have to drink water from time to time. "

Kurt Vonnegut Jr

"It's probably natural for readers to move into writing, and that's essentially what happened to me. Creating people out of nothing and putting them on paper seemed like an amusing and interesting thing to do. Writing novels is a great deal of fun. The play element in it for me is very large. "

Annie Proulx

"What makes a novel feel vital is when it comes into being as it is written, in much the same way as the moment occurs as it is lived. So what I was doing was writing blindly, unknowing of what would come next."

Karl Ove Knausgaard

"I write a lot of material that I know I’ll throw away. It’s just part of the process. I have to write hundreds of pages before I get to page one."

Barbara Kingsolver

"My novel took up the sweetest part of my mind and the rarest part of my imagination; it was like being in love and better. All day long when I was busy ... I had my unfinished novel personified almost as a secret companion and accomplice following me like a shadow wherever I went, whatever I did."

Muriel Spark

"The scariest moment is always just before you start."

Stephen King

"Each book is, in a sense, an argument with myself, and I would write it, whether it is ever published or not."

Patricia Highsmith

"It is only when our characters and events begin to disobey us that they begin to live."

John Fowles

"I have been a man who is always about to go into a room and write. That's where I'd rather be, most of the time"

Hanif Kureishi

"All autobiography is storytelling, all writing is autobiography."

J.M Coetzee

"No tricks."

Raymond Carver

Make 2018 the year you write a book.

Writers join us every week, so you'll be in good company. Our writers finish their novels every week too, so you'll be joining a success story.

How To Write A Classic

Write for readers aged 8 to 80. Starts 12th March 2018. Ready to head to Neverland? Register now.



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