The Structure of a Novel



Product Description

This course is about learning two actions that are essential to each writer. The first one is static and seems a lot like what one would imagine a writer would do, which is making up a novel from scratch. It is a bit like how a bricklayer sees a fully formed house on an uncultivated field and, following that image they have in mind, starts digging the foundations. Then they build the walls and tile the roof until that house, which was just a dream in the beginning, becomes a reality that anybody can see.
So, our first steps will be the studying of the fundamental elements of a story and the structures through which we construct a story while spotting the viewpoint, the voice and the style that we can utilise to tell it and the characters that give it shape.
The second action is less predictable while being dynamic. It is what should be done after the house is ready. Putting the whole construction up on good stead and let it travel as far as possible, possibly into the world of the publishing industry. But how do we send our manuscript to a publishing house (and most importantly which should we send it to)?
How do we write a presentation email that would be taken into consideration without it ending up in the bin straight away? What are the fatal mistakes which should be avoided so as not to compromise our debut? At the end of this course, everyone will have drafted and structured their novel, written a great incipit, an ending and a synopsis and also found out what will (or will not) happen after the word “the end”.

Lessons start in September and will go on for three months.

I’d like to enroll, how can I pay?
If you want to make a bank transfer, email us at, and we will send you the details. If you want to pay online with PayPal, add the course to your cart and follow the instructions.

How does Classi-fy work?
You’ll have to follow a weekly timetable of appointments, which can be video lessons or notes to read. You’ll have deadlines to write and share your homework on Classi-fy website. You’ll read what your classmates write and you’ll be able to comment or receive feedback on what you write. You’ll be able to meet each other and talk about the lessons on the forum – ok, we already know you won’t only talk about that, but that’s part of the fun. Sometimes your teacher will post a video in which he publicly analyses the work of the class, but you’ll receive your personal evaluation also from your classmates, during the debate.

What are the technical skill necessary to take part to the course? Do I have to install a special program on my computer?
You’ll mainly work online, therefore all you need is the internet connection. On website you can share your documents, watch the video lessons, download teaching material and text your classmates.

What does it happen at the end of the course?
The class will come to Scuola Holden, in Turin, in order to attend the final lesson and collect your diploma. Eventually you’ll meet everyone and, if everything is right, you’ll have a beer together in Borgo Dora to celebrate.