Write A Classic

Learn the secrets to writing a classic bestseller for readers aged 8 to 80.





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An adventure into your imagination and beyond to prepare you to write your classic. Of Neverland and Narnia - thirty lessons drawing on the works of C.S. Lewis, J.M. Barrie, E. Nesbit, and more. The essential bolt-on course for all writers seeking to develop their 'big book' mythopoeic planning and plotting skills. Stand on the shoulders of giants.

Register now for the course starting 12th March at just £149.

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The Harry Potter Formula. (Spoiler alert!)

'Failure meant a stripping away of the inessential... I had an old typewriter and a big idea.' J.K. Rowling.

If you don't think there is a 'formula' afoot, then I am going to disrupt your magical experience to show you what J.K. Rowling and others do, when and where. There's a logic behind the magic. Of course, you will invent your own system, drawn from your own inner world but I'll show you how to combine the convention with your own inner world for an exciting and authentic creation. 

'A children's story that can only be enjoyed by children is not a good children's story.'

C.S. Lewis





The Plot Thickens

Learn how to plan your work of classic fiction to ensure you have everything in place before you write. Find the inspiration you need to begin work. Everything you need is inside you, and this 45 lesson course will show you where to dig for treasure. I recommend you work through the 30 minute lessons in 45 days before beginning your work of classic fiction.

1. Once Upon A Time

The great story's structure. A blueprint for the classic. Writing a story as unique as you are. A working model for you to use. Where ideas come from. How to find yours and begin to create your own classic. Eight lessons.

2. The Process

Pep talks to get your pen moving. Find the way to write your classic within the confines of a busy working life. How to draw upon your own nature and experience to create the villain and hero. Three exercises to dig into yourself to find all you need.

3. World Building

The creation of a work of wonder, a classic is more than a matter of life and death. What are the things you should include to create an experience of 'wonder' in your work and how? Beyond craft skills what elements of wonder make a work a masterpiece? Twenty lessons.

Heroes & Villains, Authors & Readers.

4. Heroes & Villains

If you’re writing a 'classic', the enemy is without as this is how we show to manage the enemy within in the adult first world. In the 'secondary' worlds of Narnia, Middle-earth, Neverland, Wonderland and more the heroes or main characters have uniform traits. Unlock the conflict at the heart of the convention of the classic form. Four lessons.

5. The Author

Authorial authority. The wise and kindly voice. Where to appear and disappear and why. Mother & Creator. The bolt-on conscience. The process of the greats. How to stand on the shoulders of giants and where they got their ideas from. Seven lessons.

6. The Reader

At the end of the day it's all about the reader. How to offer them your sympathy and condolences at their experience of the real world and offer them a solution to their deepest fears and biggest problems - how to make it through life with the inner child intact. Nailing this will make your classic a bestseller. Three lessons.

Ready For Take Off

You will leave the course ready for departure with a last lesson which gives you a bag pre-packed with a map and checklist and everything you need to begin writing your own classic.

Sign up to start the course 12th March

£199 for 45 lessons. (You can read some excerpts from the course at the Blog.)

'The Bird & Baby'

We have a writers' group for those on The Classic Course to discuss the themes and learning of the course. Members of Kritikme have access to this group included in their plan. Why not join us for lively and spirited debate, provoking conversation and musings on wonderment.

'The Bird & Baby' was the affectionate nickname given to The Eagle & Child pub where The Inklings met. (The Inklings were an informal Oxford-based literary group which included Tolkien and CS Lewis.)

Membership from £14.99 a month.

Rest in Peace Ursula K. Le Guin. 21.10.1929 - 22.01.2018

“All of us have to learn how to invent our lives, make them up, imagine them. We need to be taught these skills; we need guides to show us how. If we don’t, our lives get made up for us by other people.”

 Louise Dean, Author And Tutor.







Louise Dean's novels have been published internationally by Penguin, Simon & Schuster and others. Man Booker longlisted. Winner of The Society of Authors Betty Trask Prize, Winner Le Prince Maurice Prize. Nominated for The Guardian First Book Prize, the Dublin IMPAC Literary Award. An Oprah Book Club choice. Louise read History at Cambridge, with a special subject in 19th Century English novels.

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

Louise Dean 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.

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