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 Pamela Cook.

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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 Pamela to answer should go in the Q&A Forum. Due to her own work commitments, Pamela 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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Pamela Cook is the author of Blackwattle Lake, Essie’s Way, Close to Home and The Crossroads, all published by Hachette. She is a former high-school teacher, and regularly teaches creative writing courses and workshops.

I’m a city girl with a country lifestyle – and too many horses! My rural fiction novels feature feisty women, tangled family relationships and a healthy dose of romance. My first novel, Blackwattle Lake, was published in 2012 after being selected for the Queensland Writer’s Centre/Hachette Manuscript Development Program. Essie’s Way, my second book, was published in 2013 and Close To Home was released in July 2015. The Crossroads is my latest novel, released November 29, 2016.

In my past life, I was a secondary school English teacher. Wanting to try my hand at something more creative I enrolled in a Masters degree in creative writing, became hooked and was soon writing fiction, poetry and memoir.

After spending five years on a literary style novel (which remains in the bottom drawer) I dived into Nanwrimo  (National Novel Writing Month) in November 20o9 and churned out a 50,000 word novel in a month. A year later the protagonist of that book, Eve Nicholls, was still tapping on my shoulder wanting her story to be finished. The next version of the manuscript was accepted in the 2011 Development Program. After further revision I submitted the manuscript again and was elated to receive a phone call from Hachette with an offer of publication.

I write Rural Fiction (with romantic elements) and am proud to be a Writer Ambassador for Room To Read, a not-for-profit organisation that promotes literacy and gender equality in developing countries. I also teach creative writing through my business Justwrite Publishing (www.justwrite.net.au) and divides my time between home in the Illawarra and my ‘other’ home on the south coast of NSW. When I’m not writing I waste as much time as possible riding my handsome quarter horses, Morocco and Rio, trying to get through my reading pile and attempting to perfect my yoga poses.


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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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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