This thoughtfully structured course addressed the key ingredients for writing a successful novel. Carla’s energy and enthusiasm were infectious. Great class size, we had seven people. A like-minded and friendly but diverse group. Excellent use of examples from top writers mixed in with our own exercises. The course’s ‘novels-in-progress’ peer reviews where we all provided constructive feedback on each other’s writing were particularly enjoyable and provided a wealth of learning and breadth in perspective.