Our Courses Posts

21 January 2018

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 […]

13 January 2018

A tutor’s story: When you’re told your creative writing student has a book deal

by Anna Davis Guest Blog, Our Courses, Student Successes,

Christopher Wakling has taught many creative writing courses  for CBC, both in London and online. A quick bit of adding up shows that Chris has been the tutor of more of our published alumni than anyone else on the team – including Kate Hamer, Nicholas Searle, Lisa Williamson, SD Sykes, Catherine Bennetto – and most recently Maria Realf and James Hall. […]

12 January 2018

Introducing the winner of the Scrivener Scholarship

by Jack Hadley Our Courses

At Curtis Brown Creative we are committed to offering students of limited financial means the chance to get a place on one of our creative writing courses. Often our funded places will come from incredibly generous author-clients, like Felicia Yap’s Yesterday Scholarship from last year. We also get fantastic support from a number of businesses, including the […]

09 January 2018

Introducing the Yesterday Scholarship winner

by Anna Davis Our Courses

At CBC we’re thrilled to have a scholarship place provided for our Spring 2018 online novel-writing course by Felicia Yap, the bestselling author of Yesterday (who is herself a Curtis Brown client). “I set up the Yesterday Scholarship with the hope that it might make a difference to a talented writer who has struggled because of challenging […]

04 January 2018

Jeffrey Archer visits the Curtis Brown Creative Students

by Jack Hadley Events, From Our Students, Our Courses

We’re lucky to have some fantastic visiting speakers for our London-based courses, from top publishers and editors such as Mary Mount, and Louisa Joyner, to writers as diverse as William Boyd and Jess Kidd. Recently we were delighted to welcome back our regular guest Jeffrey Archer. He came in to speak to our three-month course, alongside his literary agent and […]

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 […]

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 […]

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