The Author's Apprentice is a unique online platform for student readers aged 12-17 to work with an international best-selling author in producing a novel across the course of a year.

Think of it like your school having its own virtual author-in-residence program.

Readers are involved from the start of the creative process to the very end, taking part in votes on everything from the names of the characters, direction of major plot development, through to the final cover art used on the jacket design.

At the end of the process, the finished novel is made available in a variety of formats.

The service is designed to deepen students' fiction writing skills, help build an abiding love of literature, and provide a unique behind-the-scenes glimpse of the professional publishing world in real time. And most important of all, it's a whole lot of fun! Much like the events of Goethe's 1797 poem, 'The Sorcerer's Apprentice', who knows what magic will be unleashed?

Previous years' programs have been oversubscribed and proved a great success.

So do your students have what it takes to be . . . The Author's Apprentice?