If this is you...

  • You’ve loved reading books for a long time.
  • You don’t have time to write a book.
  • You worry how to go about 'plotting' a book.
  • But you feel like something is missing from your life.
  • So, you’re waiting for the perfect time to write your book, but you worry that time won’t come.

Then, this is me.

Hello and welcome. I felt all of those things too once. I'm Louise Dean, author of novels published internationally by Penguin and others. Winner of The Society of Authors Betty Trask Prize, Le Prince Maurice Prize and Longlisted for the Man Booker prize. I started writing with three children under five and a day job. I know that it's easier to get a book done under pressure than without it, as I have tried it both ways. I love writing and teaching and I am passionate about getting people like you, like me, writing novels now. As in, today. Tomorrow. Every day.

"This course will get your book written."

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"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

"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

"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

"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

"It doesn't have to cost £50k and take three years to get a decent tutor! If only I’d known I didn’t need to rack up almost £50k worth of debt to become a better writer, I could have just done it with Kritikme for £119 a month over three months."

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

'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.

Get Inspired Guidance

Daily lessons drip fed via the online platform. The methods of famous  novelists are 'juiced' for you by an award-winning novelist. Hacks, short cuts, prose-changing tips. Learn how novels really get written.

Good Working Habits

Don't waste time doing the wrong things in the wrong order. Get the guidance that shortcuts the novel writing process. Boost your productivity and develop your storywriting skills rapidly with a failsafe method.

Encouragement & Support

You are not alone. The motivational support from the coach and community of writers 27/7 makes Kritikme quite different to other creative writing courses. It's a truly life-changing experience.

Get your novel done in ninety days.

Write a brilliant novel. Join a community of talented writers and meet publishing professionals. Change your life.

The Novel in Ninety Plan

A lesson a day guides your novel writing process. Step by step coaching from an award-winning author. Develop your work to publishing standard, learn to love the writing life, and get that novel done.

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The Novelists Community

Get feedback on your work from fellow writers. Submit for prizes and awards. Get press mentions. Find publishing professionals and literary agents who will give feedback on work at 'weekend' rates. 

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The perfect gift for the avid reader who loves to write, the aspiring author or the hard-pressed novelist who needs support. Give the writer you know the gift that will change a life. 

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Make 2018 Your Year.

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.)

Some of the great 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
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