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Novel Immersion: Write a novel. Receive valuable feedback.

Do you want to write a novel? Have you started one you'd like to finish? Or perhaps you've finished one, but you know it's not quite ready for publication? You recognize that the story is not as interesting as you'd like, but you're not sure why. Or maybe you never got much past the beginning.

Write a Novel . . .


The Novel Immersion program, which I lead (read about me HERE), guides you through the process of writing a novel from start to finish. You will be inspired to write regularly, a page a day, five days a week. Two hundred and sixty pages in fifty-two weeks. If you can manage two pages a day, you'll be finished your first draft in six months.

I mostly teach the program one-on-one but have also taught it successfully in small groups of two to five participants by request. To lead you through the novel writing process, I post weekly instructional lessons on writing craft. At the end of each week, you may send up to five pages of writing for my feedback—generally one scene that makes use of the principles discussed that week.


Writing on your own is easy. Writing for other writers breaks the isolation and pushes a person to a higher, more productive standard. Pearl Luke's Novel Immersion Course reignites the joy of writing in a challenging and supportive framework. I have advanced more in 8 weeks with this ms. than in the past 3 years. Highly recommended. ~ M. E. Bolitho, North Vancouver, BC


Write a Novel with Illustrated advice . . .

I use published novels, film clips, and short stories to illustrate various principles, and a discussion thread for exercises and questions. The result is personal, ongoing coaching that allows you to learn and continue writing forward.


When I found myself stalled at the end of chapter 8 in my novel - with one character in the middle of an epileptic fit on the floor of a North African bus station and another in the throes of a drug withdrawal and a third with a letter from home in her hands and a scowl on her face - I enrolled in this course. And I've been productively writing and revising ever since!

Pearl has a keen eye for what works in fiction and why, and she generously shares what she knows with her students. The success of this course reflects a perfect alchemy of ingredients - weekly manuscript assessments from Pearl...tutoring in the whys and wherefores of the craft (setting, scene arcs and transitions, forward/back stories, POV, plot and storyline, to name just a few), and the epiphany of why a certain aspect of a certain novel works, through a careful dissembling of its parts. All of which, when combined, create a most satisfying and potent brew. With a couple of creative writing classes already under my belt, I can honestly say Pearl's "Novel Immersion Program" is the best by far! ~ Catharine Kozak, Nelson, BC


Write a Novel and stay motivated . . . learn more

This process keeps writers motivated, and allows me to teach more in-depth and subtle principles than is possible in most courses or manuscript evaluations. Weekly feedback makes it easy to follow up on issues and make swift changes that affect the direction of the narrative.

Work, play, family, other commitments. We all have them. They can keep us from writing, or we can find a way to incorporate the writing into regular life. Writers involved in the Novel Immersion program are eager to submit each week.

Becoming a writer means being creative enough to find the time and the place in your life for writing. ~ Heather Sellers

We can think about writing, or we can do it. We can write a novel, or we can talk about writing it.

You will learn technique from the novelists we discuss. They will inspire you to follow their example or try something new—the only rule is that you write regularly to gain the momentum that comes with consistently thinking about the story.

At first, you won't write polished prose. You'll get ideas down, flesh out characters, work through plot, and determine structure. Once you have all that, you'll go through the draft again, with an eye for detail.

Then we'll talk about what to do with the manuscript.

Write a Novel . . . with guided instruction

LENGTH: Ongoing/monthly, begin or stop with 30 days notice.

COST: $225/month

CLICK HERE to contact me and register. Tell me a little about yourself, where you are in your writing career, and whether you're just beginning a novel or want to rework an existing draft.




Write a Novel. What others are saying ...


Write a Novel with Illustrated advice . . .

If you're at all like me, you've always wanted to work on your writing but rarely carve out the time necessary to do it justice. If you can find 30 minutes a day to write, five days of the week, then Pearl Luke's Novel Immersion Progeam will take you to those creative places you long for.

Each weekly lesson is tailored to a specific aspect of the writing craft. Pearl's feedback on my work is both encouraging and useful...Pearl has done an excellent job of creating a workshop in a format that would rival any course on any college or university campus. ~ Linda McDaniel, Lake Cowichan, BC



Participating in the Novel Immersion program has been the best decision I could have made to further my writing and I consider it one of the best decisions I have made in my life. The weekly submission format not only keeps me writing on a regular schedule but I get immediate feedback that I have been able to incorporate quickly into my ongoing work. Not only do I get the benefit of Pearl's professional review, but the comments from my fellow participants provide a valuable diversity of views on my work.

This perhaps has been the biggest surprise benefit of the format—just how much I can learn from reading the work of peers, seeing how they deal with their challenges, and receiving their comments on my work. Reading the comments on my work is one of the highlights of my week. I've become addicted to writing. ~ John Geddes, Vancouver, BC


Novel Immersion author wins prize!

Congratulations to Cathy Kozak, who has won third place in the PEN/Nob Hill Joanna Catherine Scott Novel Excerpt Contest 2009!

Read the excerpt from A Thousand Tricks HERE


For the second year in a row, Novel Immersion author wins prize!

Congratulations to Paul Burgoyne, who has won third place in the 2010 PEN/Nob Hill Joanna Catherine Scott Novel Excerpt Contest for his excerpt from his novel in progress Two Seasons! Though Paul only recently began writing (see his comment below), this prize suggests that he is destined to become a successful novelist!


The Novel Immersion program provides me with the format I need to write a novel. It helps me to consistently write, while in an excellent learning environment. Pearl is a master at the craft and provides immediate feedback which I can use to edit and refine my weekly submissions...If you are serious about writing, this course has what you need to succeed. ~ Judy Wiesner, Minneapolis, MN, USA



With no real background in writing other than a couple of workshops and some previous experience being mentored by Pearl Luke, I started to write a novel, my first. I had characters, an outline, and about 100 pages when I used one of my lifelines and emailed Pearl for help. I followed her suggestion and joined the Novel Immersion Program [in a group], and it has been a huge benefit for me. Not only do I receive Pearl's expert opinion, but also that of four other writers. And I read what we say to one another. I take all of that and apply it to my work in progress and I am motivated to write more and to write better. I deeply appreciate Pearl, the group process, and the continuing encouragement to write. ~ Paul Burgoyne, Langley, BC



I find the course 'work intensive' with novels to read and to comment on, and with a great bunch of co-writers who give so much encouragement and help to the lonely writer in his/her den. Added to which, we have a balanced and discriminating leader in Pearl who gives us sound yet stimulating comments and who throws light on how we should consider transitions, scene setting and a whole host of 'pearls of wisdom', no pun intended. There are moments of elation when a new technique is grasped and begins to work in ways not experienced before despite having read all those books on "How to Write." This is a challenging and inspiring course to be part of. ~ Margaret Gill, Old, Northamptonshire, UK



Reading about writing is not the same as writing. Pearl gets you writing every day; it's challenging, it's invigorating, and it works. ~ Sari Sikstrom, Vancouver, BC



I am absolutely addicted to Pearl Luke's writing course. In the few weeks I've been taking this class, my writing has improved dramatically...It has given me confidence to continue writing the book I set out to write, and to write it better. Prior to the class I had been writing in isolation. No longer. ~ Allison Doke, Marietta, GA, USA



CLICK HERE to contact me and register. Tell me a little about yourself, where you are in your writing career, and whether you're just beginning a novel or want to rework an existing draft.



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