Register for upcoming webinars to save the date and get helpful reminders beforehand to join webinars live. Join us for talks on diverse writing craft topics, from character arcs to dialogue, plot development, planning, finding your own writing voice, and more.

Upcoming dates

Wednesday 05 October 2022
11:00 EDT / 16:00 BST / 17:00 SAST

Jordan's interview with Arja Salafranca

Author, editor and Now Novel coach Arja Salafranca chats to Jordan Kantey about writing short fiction and poetry, what makes a good short story or poem, and working as an editor.

Wednesday 19 October 2022
11:00 EDT / 16:00 BST / 17:00 SAST

Genre: Paranormal

Coach Nerine Dorman discusses writing in the paranormal genre

Wednesday 02 November 2022
11:00 EDT / 15:00 GMT / 17:00 SAST

Interview with Charlotte Colwill

Brendan of Now Novel interviews UK literary agent Charlotte Colwill

Wednesday 16 November 2022
11:00 EST / 16:00 GMT / 18:00 SAST

Genre: Multi-cultural Writing

Coach Vash Karuppa discusses the genre of multi-cultural writing

Wednesday 30 November 2022
11:00 EST / 16:00 GMT / 18:00 SAST

Genre: Thrillers

Romy of Now Novel interviews thriller author TBA in this final instalment of our 2022 genre-themed series

Wednesday 14 December 2022
11:00 EST / 16:00 GMT / 18:00 SAST

How to revise your Nanowrimo novel

Coach Romy Sommer discusses techniques for revising your first draft

About the speaker

Romy Sommer - Now Novel Writing Coach and Editor
Romy Sommer
  • Author of six novels published by HarperCollins London, as well as 7 self-published titles
  • Founder of ROSA (Romance writers Organisation of South Africa)
  • First South African to be nominated for the prestigious RWA Rita® Award
  • Now Novel writing coach

Archived webinar series

Dialogue Writing (free preview)

Learn how to write good dialogue that is full of purpose and 4 key functions of dialogue.

Finding your voice

Learn about ‘voice’ in writing, why it matters, and how to develop your own writing voice.

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Character Arcs

Learn about creating character arcs that make your readers invest in characters’ journeys.

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Showing vs Telling

Learn about showing vs telling in writing. Get practical advice on how to make your stories a more immersive reader experience.

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Internal Conflict vs External Conflict

Learn about internal conflict and external conflict and how to use them as engines that drive your story.

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Self-Editing Techniques

Discover self-editing techniques that will help you to write cleaner, crisper prose and turn sloppy first drafts into polished writing.

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How Publishing Works

Understand the publishing process and industry better. Learn about the process from final draft to holding your book in your hands.

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Getting started

It’s a fresh year and a fresh start. What do you need to do to get started with writing your new novel? This session will give an overview on how to set goals, how to make writing a priority, and will include fun exercises to get the creative juices flowing.

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Research for Writers

No matter what genre you write, you’ll be creating a world for your characters, jobs, hobbies, skills… how do you ensure that your book is both authentic and still an engaging read? We’ll discuss tips and tricks for researching your novel.

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Hooking the reader - crafting a page-turning opening chapter

The first chapter is your most important, your one shot at hooking the reader (or agent or editor). Learn how to craft an opening chapter that will make the reader want to keep turning the pages.

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Creating your author brand

Celebrate St Patrick’s Day with us as we talk about what writers need to know about establishing their author brand before becoming published authors.

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Writing Series

Everything you need to know about maximizing the earning potential of your books by writing linked books. We’ll look at ideas on how to create a series, the difference between series and serials, and how to create character arcs that span series and keep readers coming back for more.

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Saggy middles & how to fix them

No, this isn’t a fitness class. The Middle Act of a novel is the longest, and many writers struggle to maintain momentum both in their story and in their writing routine. This webinar will cover techniques to keep your reader hooked through the saggy middle of your story, and to keep motivated at that point in our books when we feel the urge to give up and start something new.

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Crafting an Effective Query

You’ve completed your novel and you’re ready to submit it to editors and agents. This webinar will cover everything you need to know about the submission process, and how to write an effective query letter and synopsis.

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Deepening your Point of View

Writing so deeply in your character’s POV that your reader forgets they’re reading a story and lives the story for themselves is a skill worth mastering. Take your writing to the next level in this interactive webinar with techniques and exercises.

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Story Structure

Classic three act structure made simple - understanding the major plot points in order to craft a strong plot outline

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Self-Publishing

Everything you need to know before you take the leap into self-publishing for the first time

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Secrets of an effective synopsis

Learn how to write a synopsis that will wow editors, agents - and readers

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Action and Reaction

Structuring scenes and chapters

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Working with an editor

Different types of editors, what to expect when working with an editor, and how to handle criticism

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Building a career as an author

Before your first book is published, there are steps you can take to establish yourself as a professional author. Join this webinar to find out what you can do to build your author career before your first book launches.

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GMC

Goal, Motivation, Conflict - the three pillars of storytelling

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Getting Started

Create a plan for your writing in 2022

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Creating Characters

Fun ways to create believable and compelling characters

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Writing Cosy Mysteries with Catherine Coles (free preview)

We chat with British historical cozy mystery author Catherine Coles about writing in the mystery genre as well as her career and writing process.

Writing Dialogue

Tips and tricks for writing effective and realistic dialogue

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Story Conflict

Conflict is an essential ingredient in all stories. We'll look at both external and internal conflict, and how to use them to create a gripping story.

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Introduction to Genre fiction

This webinar kicks off our new series profiling different fiction genres, and will give an overview of the genres we'll be covering through the series.

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The Writing Process

In this webinar, we'll be looking at the many different writing processes and plotting methods available to authors.

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Genre: Literary Fiction

Join coach Jordan Kantey as he delves into Literary Fiction, what it is, as well as its key elements.

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Genre: Memoir

Coach Hedi Lampert discusses the skills and techniques needed for writing memoirs.

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Writing Sci Fi with Kate Baucherel (free preview)

Jordan Kantey interviews sci-fi author Kate Baucherel about her writing process and writing in the sci-fi genre.

Genre: Young Adult

Author and writing coach Nerine Dorman discusses writing for Young Adult readers. CONTENT ADVISORY WARNING: there is a discussion on sexual assault between 28:18 - 32:11

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Common writing errors and how to avoid them (free preview)

In this webinar, Romy Sommer covers common writing errors and offers tips and tricks on how to avoid them.

Genre: Romance

An introduction to the conventions and reader expectations of the world's best-selling genre.

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