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Write Your Novel

Write Your Novel is an innovative write-along podcast series, written and devised by Dr Yvonne Battle-Felton.

Write Your Novel is a new 8-part podcast series aimed at helping you, the writer, develop your novel draft.

Created by novelist Yvonne Battle-Felton, the series features award-winning writers reading from their books and conversations with the authors around an element of craft. Each episode ends with a writing exercise focusing on the technique the writer discussed. The exercises encourage you to write, re-write, and read.

Write Your Novel aims to act as a way in for writers at all stages of writing and may be listened and re-listened to in any order as you read and write along. We encourage you to read or re-read the author’s books for even more examples of the techniques at work within the novel.

As you listen, read and write along, please participate in our Discord community. Let us know how your writing is going, what techniques you’ve tried, what you’ve learned about yourself, the work you’re writing, or your own writing practice.

Let’s write together and draft your novel.

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Episode Transcripts

Episode 1 – Jennifer Nansubuga Makumbi: Structure
Episode 2 – Pat Barker: Developing Character
Episode 3 – Sarah Moss: Setting
Episode 4 – Irenosen Okojie: Description
Episode 5 – Alex Wheatle: Tension
Episode 6 – David Nicholls: Dialogue
Episode 7 – Carmen Marcus: Rhythm and Language
Episode 8 – Paul Mendez: Point of View


Write Your Novel is devised and presented by Yvonne Battle-Felton and produced by Candace Wilson for Sonderbug Productions. It is supported by New Writing North with funding from Arts Council England.

Yvonne Battle-Felton

Yvonne Battle-Felton is an American writer living in the UK. A writer of fiction and creative nonfiction, her writing has been published in literary journals and anthologies. Her debut novel, Remembered, (Dialogue Books) was longlisted for the Women’s Prize for Fiction (2019), the Not the Booker (2019), and shortlisted for the Jhalak Prize (2020). Remembered was published in the US in 2020 (Blackstone Publishing). Yvonne won a Northern Writers’ Award in 2017.

New Writing North

New Writing North is the writing development agency for the North of England. We support writing and reading in the North of England. We commission new work, create development opportunities, nurture talent and make connections.

Sonderbug Productions

Based in York, Sonderbug Productions makes bespoke audio content for a wide range of platforms and clients. It is committed to bringing greater regional diversity to the UK audio landscape and to making audio that’s relevant and engaged.

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