Our Courses Posts

25 January 2017

Our favourite children’s and Young Adult novels

by Jack Hadley From the Agents, Our Courses

As applications for our spring creative writing courses come in, for both our London and online courses, 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 […]

08 December 2016

All writers start their novels in one of two ways – which is you?

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

Curtis Brown Creative’s director, Anna Davis, 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 get going …  When you decide to write your novel, there are two basic starting positions. *Sweeping generalisation alert* – but bear with me, […]

15 November 2016

CBC Tutor Q&A: Suzannah Dunn

by Jack Hadley Author Interviews, Our Courses

For our next Six-month Online Creative Writing Course – applications for which close this Sunday – Curtis Brown Creative has brought in the wonderful Suzannah Dunn. Suzannah has published 13 books, both contemporary and historical fiction, and is a highly experienced creative-writing tutor, having been Director of the MA in Novel Writing at Manchester University for six […]

27 September 2016

How to get the best out of your creative-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 Curtis Brown Creative’s novel-writing courses in London, I always make a point of telling them how to get the best out of their experience with us. And actually, much of my advice also applies to studying on many other creative-writing courses – whether […]

27 September 2016

Starting to Write Your Novel: a student’s experience

by Chandra G From Our Students, Guest Blog, Opinion, Our Courses

Chandra G (above) was a student on our very first Starting to Write Your Novel creative-writing course earlier this year – and was one of the students selected at the end for a free tutorial with one of the Curtis Brown and C&W literary-agent team. Here, in a piece taken from the Medium writing community […]

14 September 2016

Some feedback on CBC’s first Starting to Write Your Novel Course

by Jack Hadley Our Courses

In May this year we at Curtis Brown Creative ran our first-ever six-week Online Starting to Write Your Novel creative-writing course. While we’ve been running six- and three-month online courses since 2013, this was the first time we’d attempted to run this shorter course. The thinking behind this more concise option was that it would […]

02 September 2016

The Online Writing For Children Course: how it helped me

by Ann Marie Howell From Our Students, Guest Blog, Our Courses, Student Successes

Ann Marie Howell joined our Online Writing For Children course in Autumn 2015. Here she tells us how it helped her to finish her novel and find an agent: I had been working on a children’s book for a few months, but something still wasn’t quite right. The plot? Clunky dialogue? I wasn’t sure and I […]

19 August 2016

The CBC Writing for Children course – a review

by Ian Brooks From Our Students, Guest Blog, Our Courses

The next Curtis Brown Creative Online Writing for Children Course closes for applications on Sunday 11 September – and if you’re umming and aahing about whether or not to submit, why not let someone who’s actually taken the course tell you what it’s like? Ian Brooks (above) studied with tutor Catherine Johnson and 14 other […]

05 July 2016

Why study online? Let our students answer that…

by Eli Keren From Our Students, Opinion, Our Courses

Back in autumn 2013, we widened the reach of our creative-writing courses here at Curtis Brown Creative by moving into the virtual realm and offering our first online novel-writing course. And since those courses began, seven of our online students have gone on to get book deals – David Barbaree, Catherine Bennetto, Alice Clark-Platts, Lisa Duffy, Jane Harper, Hannah McKinnon […]

20 May 2016

Starting to write my novel #3: my experience of CBC’s new online course

by Eli Keren Opinion, Our Courses

So the Starting to Write Your Novel online creative-writing test course has concluded and every last bug, big and small, has been squashed. But you’re not here to read about fixing formatting issues or redesigning navigation bars, so I’ll get right to the point: I’ve finished the Starting to Write Your Novel course, so where is my novel now? And […]

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