Arche Year – Training Christian Novelists
Are you a Christian with aspirations to write a novel?
Do you need some direction and support to make that a reality?
We understand. You feel a pull to write. But you also have a regular life. Will writing a novel really pay off?
We believe your voice should be heard. Arche Year will guide you, week by week, through the novel writing process. With our unique program and professional support, you will accomplish your goals and be positioned for success.
As C.S. Lewis famously said, “The world does not need more Christian literature. What it needs is more Christians writing good literature.” We agree. This course is open to all Christian writers who want to see their values embedded in their work. We encourage you to push the boundaries of “Christian” literature.
If you can devote 6-10 hours per week to the course and follow the course guidance, you will complete a novel manuscript you’ll be proud of in less than nine months as well as establish a professional author’s platform.
Students of all ages, backgrounds, and experience levels are encouraged to apply.
Arche Year classes are free and open to the public! Our next term begins September 10, 2020.
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All classes are presented live online, or you may watch the recorded video in the week following each class.
The class will begin with a 4-week novel-writing intensive. This proven program will coach you through a comprehensive process to plan, organize, and execute a novel manuscript. You can begin this process with or without an existing idea.
As you write your novel, our 18-class professional development course will prepare you for professional publication. These classes will put you in a position to attract the attention of publishers or agents, or to develop your own fanbase and sales audience if you’d prefer to self-publish.
Two Ways to Participate
Arche Year Class
A complete novel-writing course, followed by a 9-month (18 classes) series to prepare you for professional publication.
4-week Novel Writing Intensive
- Organize and outline a novel concept in which you can be confident
- Complete a novel manuscript in 9 months
- Understand the publication process
18-class Professional Development Course
- Build a professional author's platform (website, social media, and community connections)
- Learn how the publishing industry works
- Prepare to find agent representation or self-publish
Online Support Group
- Private Facebook group for questions and peer support
Application: Simple Registration, Open to All
Register by September 10, 2020
Arche Year Cohort
Arche Year class plus small group support, one-on-one coaching, developmental editing, and ongoing mentoring.
4-week Novel Writing Intensive
18-class Professional Development Course
- Weekly Small Group Support Sessions
- Individualized Coaching Sessions
Professional Developmental Editing
- In-depth Manuscript Feedback and Guidance
- Complete One-on-One Consultation and Recommendations
- Query Letter Preparation
- Publishing Consultation and Guidance
Application: Application Required
Apply by August 1, 2020
Our complete course syllabus is available for your review. Find our complete syllabus here.
Read our Frequently Asked Questions below or contact us with questions.
Frequently Asked Questions
Are the Arche Year classes really free? Yes! The arche year classes are completely free. If you’d like individualized support, you may apply to our Arche Year Cohort, which carries a tuition cost of $1,999. But otherwise, you may take the classes at absolutely no charge.
We are a non-profit organization, and these classes are donor funded.
What’s the difference between the classes and the cohort? The cohort includes the same classes, but also includes a weekly support session, individualized (one-on-one) coaching and guidance, complete professional developmental editing, and support for the agent querying and publication process.
Can I sign up for the free class now and decide later if I want to do the cohort? Yes! Please feel free to register for the free classes now. Note, however, that space is limited in the cohort, so we recommend applying sooner, rather than later. We recommend applying for the cohort, if you are accepted you can decide whether or not you want to do it.
If I apply for the cohort but am not accepted, can I still take the free classes? Yes! If you are not accepted into the cohort, we would love for you to still take the classes. A variety of factors will affect who is accepted into the cohort. If you’re not invited into the cohort, it does not mean you’re a bad writer. You still have lots of potential to serve the Kingdom with an amazing novel, and we hope the free Arche Year Class will be a helpful resource for you.
When does it start? The term begins September 10 and will proceed through June, 2021.
What will students write? Students will write a narrative novel. By narrative, we mean that it tells a story, not inspirational, informational, or self-help. The story can be fiction or non-fiction (like a memoir or personal story).
While this is a program for Christian writers who want to point people towards Jesus, they are not required to write “Christian books.” We encourage students, if they’d like, to write stories for secular audiences that are subtly infused with the gospel message (think The Chronicles of Narnia), as well as books that realistically tackle dark and difficult topics to “expose the darkness.”
Is everything online? Yes, all classes and meetings are held live online. Students must attend all classes and meetings (with reasonable exceptions for sickness, emergencies, etc).
We use the Zoom interface, which is easy to access from virtually any device. Students will need an internet-enabled device with working camera, microphone, and speakers or headphones.
What kind of spiritual content will be included? We strive to be inclusive of all Christian denominations. You can find our statement of faith here. This program will not include as much spiritual development as our full program (commencing in 2021). Students will be encouraged to pray, to seek the Lord’s voice and guidance for their writing, and to develop healthy spiritual habits and support systems.
How do I apply? The application is simple. You can start here.
Ideal Student – Who Should Apply for the Cohort?
This program is best suited for an aspiring Christian novelist. The course will guide the student in the development of a narrative novel (fiction or non-fiction story). The ideal student wishes to produce work that glorifies God and that will directly or covertly point readers towards Jesus.
No previous publishing or academic experience is required. No prerequisites are required. We’re not necessarily looking for students with the best resumes or credentials. We’re looking for willing hearts and raw writing talent.
Adult candidates of all ages and backgrounds are encouraged to register for classes and/or apply for the cohort.
Classes will be held most Thursday evenings (Eastern Time) for 1-3 hours from September through June. Group support sessions will be held on Saturday afternoons online. Additional support groups may be scheduled as necessary. If you’d like to be a part of the cohort, please let us know your availability.
Meet the Instructor
Brad Pauquette is a gifted teacher and the director of the School of Kingdom Writers. He is a recognized publishing expert and consultant specializing in new author development.
Brad’s international client list includes New York Times bestselling and award-winning authors, professional athletes, and lots of novice writers with big ideas.
Brad is the founder of Columbus Publishing Lab, the owner of Columbus Press, and the president of the Ohio Writers’ Association.
Brad will be the primary instructor for all courses in this program, as well as provide developmental editing and revision consultations.
“Brad Pauquette helped me find my voice as an author. His strategic yet creative approach to writing helped me transform my story from words to sales.”
— Christopher Stollar, award-winning author of The Black Lens
Former Student Reviews
These quotes are pulled from anonymous student evaluations of Arche Year and a similar course offered by the Ohio Writers’ Association, both of which carried a tuition. Arche Year 2019 carried a tuition cost of $2,700.
“The course delivered! Brad is a great teacher.”
“I’ve taken a few novel writing classes and this one was the most helpful. Worth it. “
“Brad is helpful, clear and encouraging. Also very realistic, which I like.”
“Brad has a terrific, conversational way of conveying his concepts. His enthusiasm and use of specific pop-culture examples made the class very accessible.”
“It has always been a dream of mine to write a book. Taking this class made that a reality.”
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