The Novel: Redrafting and Editing

Key facts

  • Cost: £160
  • Credits: 10


‘Kill your darlings’ is often the advice given when trying to edit a draft of a novel but what should you focus on when paring back? Many famous novelists owe a great deal to editors and readers advising them but how do you know you aren’t condemning the good bits to the bin? What if the editing and redrafting process is a creative opportunity to rejuvenate your ideas, find new hooks, intensify characters and bring your novel to life? 

Join this practical and reflective course for new and emerging writers to refine and improve their novel plans. Learn new editing and redrafting techniques to create more engaging characters and keep readers hooked. Find new helpful habits and tips from famous editors and novelists and feel supported to write more and learn more from sharing what you write. In short, kickstart and refresh your novel plans whether you are a newcomer or an existing writer in need of fresh inspiration. 

Over a series of welcoming talks, close-readings and approachable writing exercises, our expert tutor will explain: 

  • The key features of novels 
  • The key techniques involved in editing and redrafting rvels 
  • how to apply these ideas and techniques to your own writing 
  • how to share what you’ve written with others and improve with feedback  

You will also have the chance to discuss and reflect on what you learn with other students and the tutor in seminars. 

Choose this course if you want to learn: 

  • the basics of what makes novels and editing work  
  • key techniques to help you write your novel 
  • how to share your work and improve with mutual feedback 
  • (for those who submit for assessment) how to improve with written feedback, how to reflect on your writing process 

Who is this course for?

Anyone already developing as a writer and interested in: 

  • writing imaginatively and improving their novel writing and editing skills 
  • Developing further creative writing skills and refreshing their practise 
  • finding a supportive writing community to share work and gain feedback  
  • the novel as a literary form 


(optional) 10 credits at SCQF 7 / Level 1 

Can contribute towards the attainment of Certificate or Diploma in Higher Education (Creative Writing) 


If you opt to take the course for credit the assessments are: 

  • One 1,500-word edited novel writing portfolio (75% of final grade) 
  • One 500 word self-reflective essay (25% of final grade) 

Mode of study

This 10-week course will be delivered online via 2-hour seminars led by a tutor over Zoom. 


  • Can begin your journey as a writer and help you find a supportive community 
  • Can reenergise and refresh your existing writing practice  
  • Can begin your study of creative writing at university level  
  • contribute towards a Certificate or Diploma in Higher Education 
  • can inform your personal reading list and introduce you to some inspiring writing 

Find out more

The University holds open days throughout the year where you can meet with staff to discuss our short course provision. Find out more about University of Glasgow open days