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Learn how to write a book together with your writing peers, with guidance, coaching, feedback and writing sprints from coaches who have done it all before. From your first idea through to publishing tips you’ll get one-on-one guidance, video courses, feedback and access to the Now Novel process.

What group coaching is all about

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Stay accountable in a small group environment with the added benefit of personal attention from coaches.

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Enjoy varied feedback on weekly tasks, in Q&A sessions, and via writing coaches' reviews of your work.

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A comprehensive curriculum plus Q&A sessions and exclusive, drop-in webinars expand your craft.

  • Intake call to understand your challenges, exit call to plan your next steps
  • Access to the Now Novel Process to outline your ideas
  • Structured curriculum with weekly tasks
  • Twice-weekly Q&A with different coaches to answer your questions
  • Video and audio guides and readings to improve your writing knowledge
  • Writing sprints four times a week to hold you accountable to your goals
  • Ongoing reviews with feedback on your work to guide your story
  • Small groups for personalised attention
  • Webinars to expand your writing knowledge

Who you'll work with

Bridget McNulty - Now Novel co-founder and writing coach
Bridget McNulty
  • Editor
  • Features writer
  • Content strategist
  • Author of Strange Nervous Laughter (Struik & Macmillan) and The Grief Handbook (Watkins Publishing)
Joran Kantey - Now Novel writing code and editor
Jordan Kantey
  • 10 years' experience editing fiction and content
  • Now Novel Writing coach since 2016
  • Honours in English Literature (with distinction)
  • Special interest in literary, historical, and contemporary fiction
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
Fiona Ingram - Now Novel Writing coach and editor
Fiona Ingram
  • Author and writing coach
  • Author of award-winning middle grade The Chronicles of the Stone adventure series
  • Writes Regency romances as Arabella Sheraton


  • You want to finish writing a book but aren’t sure how
  • You have challenges starting or developing your story
  • You want a clear outline for the path to completing your story
  • You struggle to find the time and focus to finish your book
  • You know a bit about writing and story craft but would like to learn more
  • You’d like to meet other writers in a moderated critique circle and get helpful answers to writing questions in Q&As with coaches and editors

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How you’ll be motivated

Help for your specific challenges

An initial call to understand where your strengths lie and where you need some help. An ending call to understand what your next steps are; from editing through to querying.

Now Novel Group Coaching has an intake call

A structured, but flexible curriculum

No wondering what to do next, you’ll be pointed in the right direction for your next steps, and learn more about the craft of writing through varied media (audio, video, articles, handouts and webinars) to suit your learning style as you progress.

Now Novel Group Coaching is a structured by flexible curriculum

Personal attention and interaction

Frequent writing sprints give you the time to write plus the companionship and accountability of doing it with others. Q&A sessions with a variety of coaches help you address any questions you might have: from dialogue through publishing. Consistent feedback on your writing helps you develop your story.

Now Novel Group Coaching gives you companionship and accountability

Books published using Now Novel

Joe Byrd: a Now Novel success story

Successfuly author Joe Byrd video testimonial for Now Novel
Tangled Fortunes by Kate Baucherel

"It all boosted my confidence and kept me writing until the end of the story".

Novel: Tangled Fortunes
Publisher: Sixth Element

Kate Baucherel

Kate Baucherel, successful Now Novel author

What you'll learn

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What others say about Now Novel:

It has been incredibly helpful to have Romy not only keep me accountable and figure out how to surmount the challenges of sticking to a writing schedule, but also how to use my limited writing time well.


I have had three novels (the SimCavalier scifi series) and four short stories published, in the space of four years. Now Novel has been a great springboard for success.


The story outline was a valuable asset that guided me through my rough draft. The feedback from my personal writing coach took my writing to the next level. Her constructive feedback and guidance helped me finish my novella.

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How you’ll get feedback

Each week you’ll get professional feedback and insights from the Now Novel team by sharing your work on the critique forum. As you proceed there will be ongoing constructive critique of your work so you can revise and improve as you go. Your synopsis, opening chapter, setting description and dialogue will all get reviewed. Once you’ve completed the process, you’ll get feedback on your query letter and a final synopsis critique.

How you’ll develop your ideas

The Now Novel process will help you make your story richer. Using prompts, relevant articles and references from your work you’ll be prompted to build an outline of your story. Then use the scene builder to structure your story into scenes and the Google Docs plug-in to actually write it.

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Frequently asked questions

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What is group coaching

» Group coaching is similar to a writing workshop. You join writing peers under the guidance of a writing coach who will help you make time to write, find structure, stay motivated and finish your story.

I have a lot of questions, can I talk to someone

» Sure. Send us an email at [email protected] or use the chat box on this page to reach out and we’ll schedule a time to call you and discuss any of your questions. The intake call where we discuss your goals and vision also provides an opportunity to share any specific needs or concerns before you start.

What resources are included in this package

» Group coaching includes everything you need to write your novel. Story outlining tools (the Now Novel dashboard), a secure member critique platform, ongoing review of your work plus video and audio writing guides.

Is this only for fiction novels

» Group coaching is flexible and may suit you if you are writing a memoir, screenplay or short story collection. It is not suited to writing materials such as textbooks due to its focus on story craft.

How will we meet up and get feedback

» You get a schedule for the daily writing sprints once we have an idea of the group’s availability. Drop in whenever you can to write and focus together and stay accountable. Q&As are scheduled when we know everyone’s availability and what will work best for the group. These are held frequently so that if you miss one, you don’t miss out.

An online novel writing course that's tailor-made to get you to actually write that book you've been thinking about.

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