Write to the End of Your Novel

Our online creative writing course for all-comers that helps you write the first draft of your novel all the way to the end

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Mar 16 2017 - Apr 26 2017




Anna Davis




This online course for all-comers helps you to write a complete first draft of your novel. It uses teaching videos, resources, tasks and a student forum, all hosted on our secure bespoke learning platform. For a great learning package and a taste of what we have to offer at Curtis Brown Creative at an affordable price, enrol on Write to the End of Your Novel by clicking on 'Pay and Enrol' by 13th March. This course makes an ideal follow-up to our Starting to Write Your Novel course.


Anna Davis, Director

Anna is the founder and Director of the Curtis Brown Creative writing school. She is the author of five novels, published around the world in 20 languages: MeltingThe Dinner, CheetThe Shoe Queen and The Jewel Box.  She has worked for Curtis Brown for more than a decade as a book agent and has served on the management committee of the Association of Authors' Agents.


This is our online creative writing course for people who have already started a novel, and are looking for advice and help with writing a complete first draft. Using teaching videos, notes, writing tasks and resources, Curtis Brown Creative’s Director Anna Davis will help you develop the skills, techniques and staying power that will get you all the way to the end of your story.

The course takes place on a secure online learning platform which has been specially designed and custom-built for Curtis Brown Creative. At the end of the course, students will share an extract from their novel with each other and Anna. The most promising student will be offered a free, one-to-one tutorial with a member of the Curtis Brown Creative team.

Write to the End of Your Novel is suitable for anyone writing a novel, but is particularly recommended for people who have already taken our Starting to Write Your Novel course. These are our only creative writing courses that are open to all-comers, and which allow you to get expert advice as you try your hand at a novel without having to put your material through the rigorous selection process we use for our other courses. You can simply pay and enrol by midnight on Monday 13 March to join us. The £200 price-tag makes it an affordable way of getting support and guidance as you get going. And this online course is designed for flexible study – you can take part at times to suit you and from wherever in the world you are.

This course is intended to be relevant and useful for first-time writers, whether they're writing just for fun or taking the early steps in a more serious literary journey. It also offers those who are considering the bigger financial and time commitment needed for our longer, selective courses a taste of what we do at Curtis Brown Creative . We welcome applications to our longer courses from people who've taken this one.

Write to the End of Your Novel has been specially designed and written by Anna Davis as the second of three online short courses – together with Starting to Write Your Novel and Edit and Pitch Your Novel (which will be launched this autumn). The three courses, together, help you to improve your writing skills and progress all the way from a fledgling idea to a fully fleshed novel ready to pitch to agents and publishers.

What does this course give you?

We’re confident that we’ve assembled a great package. By the end of the course you should be writing your novel with confidence, and with all the advice and resources you need to complete your first draft. 

  • You’ll get six Teaching Modules across the six weeks (see schedule below for details), all delivered online through our secure, purpose-built, specially designed Curtis Brown Creative Learn platform.
  • You’ll watch specially filmed Teaching Videos from Curtis Brown Creative Director Anna Davis (three videos per module).
  • You’ll read extensive and practical Teaching Notes from Anna, often using case studies.
  • You’ll have access to additional Resources – uploaded PDFs which are collected in a dedicated area of the learning platform to support the teaching topics and provide useful reference material for the students. These include lists of ‘writing ground rules’ and a recommended reading list.
  • You’ll undertake Writing Tasks set by Anna (at least two per week), designed to help students explore and understand the teaching topics and progress their novels. Students will share material with each other and the Curtis Brown Creative team in the forum, and can comment on each other’s work. Often the writing tasks will relate directly to students’ novels-in-progress.
  • You’ll have continued access to all of the teaching materials after the course ends so you can refer back to them at any time to help you with your writing process.
  • Students can share work, and communicate with each other and us in the Forum. Our learning platform features separate forum spaces for each teaching unit, arranged in a clear structure that’s easy to use. This enables students to quickly find and take part in discussions and to easily locate task materials they’d like to refer back to. (In our experience most learning platforms used by writing courses offer only one forum space, into which all discussion, tasks, uploaded teaching materials, etc, are poured, never to be found again – a kind of online bucket.)
  • We encourage students to offer positive, constructive feedback to each other in the forum as the course progresses. We’ll be taking a look at students’ homework pieces and each week we’ll be giving brief written feedback on several students' work (the feedback will be designed so as to be useful to the group more generally and all students will get feedback on a writing task at some stage during the course). Across the course we may publish exceptional pieces of work from students in the Curtis Brown Creative blog (with students’ prior consent only).
  • At course end we invite students to share – with us and fellow students – their opening page, plus an extract from anywhere in the novel (up to 2,000 words), plus a page to tell us how the story will continue. The most promising student will be offered a free 30-minute, one-to-one tutorial with one of our agenting or teaching team (by Skype or phone). Five promising students will be offered a £200 discount off any of our longer courses (redeemable in the event that they apply for and are selected). NB: If you're looking for in-depth individual tutor feedback, one-to-one tutorials and tutor-led writing workshops as part of a writing course, do take a look at our longer courses – these aren't included in Write to the End of Your Novel. 


Student workload

To get the best out of this course, allow plenty of time to watch the videos, read and reflect on the notes and resources, complete the writing tasks and thinking tasks, and take part in discussions in the forum. It’s also important to be working on planning and starting your novel throughout the six weeks. You can watch/read the teaching materials and complete all tasks in a couple of hours per week, but ideally you should consider spending considerably longer on the materials we offer and on working on your novel. After all, that’s why you’re taking the course… At the end of the course, we ask you to post up in the forum the opening page, plus an extract from anywhere in your novel (up to 2,000 words) and a page to tell us where your plot is headed.


Thursday 16 March – Wednesday 22 March
Introduction and Pace

Thursday 23 March – Wednesday 29 March

Thursday 30 March – Wednesday 5 April
Active Planning

Thursday 6 April – Wednesday 12 April
Building Suspense

Thursday 13 April – Wednesday 19 April
Stuck in the Middle + Style and Description

Thursday 20 April – Wednesday 26 April
Sex scenes and Violent scenes + Endings

Pay and enrol

If you are purchasing this course for yourself, please click on the 'Pay & Enrol' button below.

(NB: if you haven't yet taken the Starting to Write Your Novel course, we recommend you take that before this one)

If you would like to purchase a place on this course – or a Starting to Write Your Novel course – for someone other than yourself, please click here to buy a gift voucher.