Year of the Novel is developed by award-winning author and teacher Dr Kim Wilkins (also publishing as Kimberley Freeman)

This Year of the Novel course is proudly presented in partnership with Hachette Australia.

Your tutor is Hachette Australia Author James Phelan.

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Hello everybody and a warm welcome to Year of the Novel Online.

Throughout the year we’ll dig deep and get to know your characters and story intimately within the YON framework.

No doubt we all know that the cornerstone of productive writing practice is self-motivation, so while I will be supporting you and cheering madly every step of the way, it is up to you to come online and check things out regularly.

Before we begin, we’d invite you to watch this special welcome from course creator, Kim Wilkins.

YONline Welcome From Kim Wilkins



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This course is broken down into fortnightly blocks of content and exercises, designed to take you through the process of writing the novel from beginning to end. Each fortnight of content goes live at Midnight on the listed date, and contains a lesson from Kim along with supporting material and exercises. You work through each week’s content in your own time, day or night.

Writing a novel is a long process, so we’d encourage you to make use of the course forums via the the direct link on the AWM Forums page or using the Forum tabs above.

Any questions you’d particularly like Natasha to answer should go in the Q&A Forum. Due to my her own work commitments, Natasha isn’t able to comment on your writing outside of the assignments as part of the course, but there are plenty of opportunities for feedback built into the coming year. If you need feedback quickly, there are dedicated spaces on the forums allowing you to trade work and feedback with your fellow novelists in this course.


 Right click on the link and select ‘Save As’ to download the Schedule to your computer: YONline Schedule and Topics  

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james phelanJames Phelan is the bestselling author of twenty-five novels and one work of non-fiction. His publications include five thrillers in the Lachlan Fox series, and the Alone trilogy of young adult post-apocalyptic novels.

James holds a PhD from Swinburne University of Technology. He has sold over three million books so far.

If you’ve got specific questions you’d like to ask James, make use of the Ask the Tutor forum.

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These forums are set aside exclusively for the use of participants in the Year of the Novel workshop. The forums exist in a different part of the site from the main course, so we recommend bookmarking this page in your browser before heading over there, to ensure you can get back. You can quickly set up a bookmark using Ctrl D (for PC) or D (for Macs) in most browsers.

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To contact the Australian Writer’s Marketplace

Opening hours: 9am – 5pm AEST, Monday-Friday

For problems with the website: [email protected]

For general queries about the website/subscriptions: [email protected]

To submit your coursework to your tutor: [email protected]


To contact Queensland Writers’ Centre

Opening hours: 10am – 5pm AEST, Monday-Friday

Phone: (07) 3842 9922

General Inquiries: [email protected]

Address: Level 2, State Library of Queensland, Stanley Place South Bank Queensland 4101