You think you’ve done the hard part by writing a book, but landing an agent is the next big hurdle to leap over. Writers’ HQ’s online synopsis writing course will help you prepare for sending your manuscript out into the big wide world of publishing.

A kickass synopsis shows an agent you can plan and execute a super tight plot. But reducing a whole manuscript into just a few pages of story summary can be a reet pain in the backside...

Learn how to craft a small but perfectly formed synopsis and impress prospective agents with your summarising prowess.


Work out how to best present your story in synopsis form, from logistics and structure to characterisation and narrative voice - with a whole bunch of tips and tricks to suit every writing style.


A succinct, comprehensive synopsis that perfectly sums up your plot and makes you look like a proper professional writer person.


Get feedback and support from our lovely little online community to help you through the query writing process.

Course curriculum

  • 1

    The synopsis AKA what the heck is your story about?


    • READ: Oh synopsis, why art thou a pain in my arse?

    • READ: What does a synopsis even look like?

    • EXERCISE: Pull out the bare bones of your story

    • READ: Stuck? A few notes on synopsis technique

    • READ: Synopsis dos and don'ts

    • EXERCISE: Synops-YES or sy-NO-psis?