Breakthrough 2018: 12 week novel writing course

This course is now FULL

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My new 12 week Breakthrough novel writing course begins in January  in central Cambridge.

This course is designed to help writers who have begun a novel to complete a draft or to regain motivation in order to move on.

12 two hour sessions will help you to focus, build confidence, find your story, establish a voice, create tension and pace and to pitch your novel to an agent. Groups are kept small in order for writers to receive maximum attention.

We have chosen a quiet centrally located historic  Cambridge location with a cafe to hand for coffee, croissants or drinks.

You will also receive, as part of the course, two FREE 30 minute  one-to-one tutorials.

For further information  and an application form please email

Day course begins Jan 9th 2017.

Tuesdays 11.00 -13.00 at the historic Cambridge Union behind the Round Church.

New Price, £799.00 for 12 weeks including two free tutorials




TESTIMONIALS from previous Breakthrough course

I found Penny’s course and her teaching completely excellent. Listening to everyone has really helped and encouraged me to complete my first draft. Thank you! ( Barry Howes)

The progress on the second draft of my novel had ground to a halt and I was beginning to feel the project was slipping away.By chance I heard about a course Penny was planning, called Breakthrough. I thought it might help me to get writing again – and it did.The course not only refreshed my motivation but also helped me to take a critical look at the structure. The encouragement and guidance I received from Penny and my fellow writers restored my flagging faith in what I was trying to do. It can be difficult to talk about your writing to a group of strangers but Penny was able to establish a calm and supportive atmosphere from the start. (Rail Taylor)

Breakthrough was exactly that for me. I had begun to dislike the material I had written and I couldn’t see any way to take it forward.The sessions with Penny and the other Breakthrough colleagues brought my novel back to life. I think everyone came away with renewed determination and new ideas.’ (Kate Hurst)