The Yesterday Scholarship program has been created by debut novelist Felicia Yap to provide a vital start today to one talented writer of tomorrow.
Feb 19 2018 - Jul 30 2018
We’re thrilled to announce that Curtis Brown author-client Felicia Yap is generously funding a new writing bursary for one talented writer from a less-privileged background who is in need of financial assistance in order to be able to join one of Curtis Brown Creative’s six-month novel-writing courses.
We’re thrilled to announce that Curtis Brown author-client Felicia Yap is generously funding a new writing bursary for one talented writer from a less-privileged background who is in need of financial assistance in order to be able to join one of Curtis Brown Creative’s six-month creative writing courses.
One talented writer of limited financial means will receive a fully paid place on the course of their choice from among the following:
- Six-Month London-based Novel-Writing Course (19 February-19 July 2018)
- Six-Month Online Novel-Writing Course (19 February- 30 July 2018)
- Three-Month London-based Novel-Writing Course (April-July 2018)
- Three-Month Online Novel-Writing Course (April-July 2018)
(Further information on courses eligible for this scholarship – below)
As Felicia explains in this blog piece and this video, a kind benefactor once generously donated funds to enable Felicia to study at university – now Felicia has in turn committed to pass on the good deed by helping somebody else.
Felicia also talks in the video about her debut novel Yesterday, which has given the scholarship its name – and her path to publication. Yesterday is a major hardback and ebook publication from Wildfire on 10 August, and is represented by Curtis Brown's Jonny Geller.
It is hoped that the winner will pass on the good deed if they’re ever in a position to do so – through a gift to somebody else who needs financial assistance to make a leap in their life and achieve their full potential.
Felicia is aiming high with this scholarship – she wants it to be life-transforming, to make a difference. As neither of her parents have been to university (and all her studies have been funded by scholarships and generosity), she hopes to help those of a similar, less-privileged background. If you are a talented writer without the financial means to attend a Curtis Brown Creative course – and if you do/did not have two university-educated parents – this opportunity is for you.
The scholarship is open to people over the age of 18, either:
- unmarried and not co-habiting with a partner, with an annual (gross, pre-tax) income of less than £23,000 and personal savings of less than £5,000.
- married or co-habiting with a partner, with a total annual (gross, pre-tax) household income of less than £30,000 and personal savings (jointly or individually) of less than £5,000.
- This scholarship is aimed at people who do not come from a privileged family background. If you have (or had) two parents who were both university-educated, you won’t qualify for this particular opportunity.
Curtis Brown Creative offers places on our courses on the basis of proven writing ability. We ask applicants to send us the first 3,000 words of a novel in progress, with a one-page synopsis, and to fill out our application form. Applicants for the scholarship should click here to link to our Yesterday Scholarship application form. Please ensure you indicate which of our courses you would like to study on, should you be successful.
Please note that only those people who satisfy the above eligibility criteria should apply to the scholarship.
Applications for the Yesterday Scholarship must be received by us by midnight at the end of Sunday 26 November. We’ll then be in touch with all applicants by Monday 11 December.
The Yesterday Scholarship will be awarded to the applicant whose submission material shows the greatest potential and promise in our view. The decision will be made by Felicia Yap with the support of the Curtis Brown Creative team.
To find out more about this scholarship and Felicia Yap, watch Felicia’s video here.
Terms and conditions
- Applicants to the Yesterday Scholarship must fulfil our eligibility criteria. Our form asks you to make a statement about your financial circumstances and background and why you feel you deserve the scholarship.
- With respect to the earnings thresholds set out in our eligibility section: for salaried applicants, your current salary at date of application must be under the threshold. For self-employed applicants, your gross pre-tax profits (average figure for the last two financial years) must be under the threshold. State benefits such as jobseeker’s allowance should be counted as income.
- Applicants may be asked to provide proof of their financial circumstances in support of their scholarship applications.
- Applicants may be asked to provide character references from 2 professional people who have known the applicant for at least 5 years and who are happy to confirm that the information being provided is correct (to the best of their knowledge). The applicant should fill out referees’ names and contact details in the form. Referees should not be family members or spouses/partners of the applicant. NB we will not contact any referees without applicants’ prior consent.
- Applicants to the Yesterday Scholarship may also apply for other scholarships or bursaries offered by Curtis Brown Creative (though please note that in the event of your being awarded this scholarship or another scholarship place on a 3-or-6-month course, any open applications for further scholarships becomes void).
- Applicants to the Yesterday Scholarship are not eligible to be considered for ‘normal’ paying places on the courses listed above – this is because the scholarship is intended for a writer without the means to take up a paying place on one of our 3 or 6-month courses.
More information on courses eligible for the Yesterday Scholarship
Felicia wants to enable a talented writer to study on one of our longer selective courses in the Spring of 2018. The scholarship winner can choose to study with us in London or on one of our online courses.
Please note, if you’re thinking of studying with us in London, that you need to be able to attend evening sessions in our Central London offices at least once a week for the duration of your course (in many weeks there are two evening sessions). If you live a long way from London, or if your schedule will not allow you to attend sessions on weekday evenings, we’d advise you to opt for one of our online courses in the application form.
At time of posting this scholarship information, none of the eligible courses are yet open for ‘normal’ applications and the tutors are not yet confirmed. Dates will be as listed above (subject to very slight change). We will add information to this page about the particular courses as and when it is available. However you can find out more about the format of the courses by taking a look at the following courses which are currently in progress (numbers of sessions, workshops, speakers etc will be the same for the equivalent Spring 2018 courses).
Although we would like you to indicate in your application form which course you would prefer to study on, the scholarship winner will be given an opportunity to change and opt for a different course later on (after the scholarship applications deadline).
Please apply with the first 3,000 words of your novel, and a synopsis of no more than a page. The deadline for applications is midnight, end of day Sunday 26 November, and we will respond to applicants by Monday 11 December. Make sure you include your synopsis and opening in the same document, as you can only upload ONE file as part of the application below. Please apply with a sample of the novel you would like to work on during the course. If you encounter any problems during the application process, or have any more questions about the Yesterday Scholarship, please email firstname.lastname@example.org for assistance.