Our Courses Posts

23 November 2017

Kirsty Capes wins The HW Fisher Scholarship

by Jack Hadley Our Courses

We’re delighted to announce that the latest HW Fisher scholarship, enabling one talented writer of limited financial means to study on the next of our London creative writing courses for free, has been awarded to Kirsty Capes for her novel-in-progress The Hatchling. The Hatchling is a dark, coming-of-age story about two streetwise girls in a […]

04 October 2017

Creative writing workshops: what you need to know

by Anna Davis Opinion, Our Courses, Writing Tips

Writing workshops have been at the heart of creative writing courses since the dawn of time itself – and are a major feature of our online writing courses and our London writing courses. For the benefit of the uninitiated, this is where writers get comment on extracts from their novels-in-progress (or indeed on short stories […]

21 September 2017

Reviewing the first draft: how to read your own novel

by Anna Davis From the Agents, Our Courses, Writing Tips

In the excitement of typing ‘The End’ on your completed first draft, you could be forgiven for thinking you’re all set to start sending your work out to literary agents (many students on our creative writing courses have fallen into this trap). But I would always recommend you go the extra mile (or indeed the […]

08 May 2017

Writing and publishing advice from Anna Davis

by Jack Hadley Our Courses

Curtis Brown Creative MD Anna Davis recently answered some of our students’ most burning questions on the publishing industry. We’ve picked out some of the best to share with you here. Q: When I’m ready to find an agent, is it best to send submissions to a vast number (to boost my chances) or begin […]

15 March 2017

BookMachine Interview with Anna Davis

by Jack Hadley Our Courses

Our creative writing courses were again highlighted by influential book-industry blog BookMachine this week, when our managing director Anna Davis was interviewed by the site’s Norah Myers (@bookish_norah). Here Anna talks about our new six-week online course, Write to the End of Your Novel, and gives some tips for those of you looking to apply […]

21 February 2017

BookMachine interview with Curtis Brown Creative editor Rufus Purdy

by Jack Hadley Our Courses, Student Successes

Our creative writing courses were highlighted by influential book-industry blog BookMachine this week, when Curtis Brown Creative editor Rufus Purdy was interviewed by the site’s Norah Myers (@bookish_norah). Here, he tells her what sets CBC apart, and how 35 of our former students have gone on to get book deals. What was the inspiration behind […]

25 January 2017

Our favourite children’s and Young Adult books

by Jack Hadley From the Agents, Our Courses

As applications for our spring creative writing courses come in, it’s always good for us to have a sense of what the agents at Curtis Brown and C+W are reading and getting excited about. We at Curtis Brown Creative would love to help nurture the next generation of great children’s writers, and with applications for the […]

08 December 2016

‘Before you start writing a novel, work out what kind of writer you are’

by Anna Davis From the Agents, Opinion, Our Courses, Writing Tips

Curtis Brown Creative director Anna Davis, who provides the video lectures and teaching notes for our Starting to Write Your Novel and Edit & Pitch Your Novel online writing courses, believes that when you start writing a novel, you will inevitably fall into one of two categories. Here’s her theory and her tips to help you […]

15 November 2016

CBC tutor Q&A: Suzannah Dunn

by Jack Hadley Author Interviews, Our Courses

For the next of our online writing courses, we’ve brought in the wonderful Suzannah Dunn. Suzannah has published 13 books, both contemporary and historical fiction, and has taught on many top creative writing courses, including being Director of the MA in Novel Writing at Manchester University for six years.  Here Suzannah talks about the challenges of […]

27 September 2016

How to get the most out of a novel writing course

by Anna Davis From the Agents, Opinion, Our Courses, Writing Tips

Each time I welcome a new bunch of students to one of our London writing courses, I always make a point of telling them how to get the best out of their novel writing course. And actually, much of my advice also applies to studying on many other creative writing courses – whether it be […]

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