Creative writing courses, In London and Online


Starting to Write Your Novel

The online writing course that helps you get your novel off the ground. With our support, you'll develop your idea, plot and plan your story, and write a confident opening.

06 Nov – 18 Dec

Write to the End of Your Novel

Are you somewhere in the middle of writing a novel? Need some great advice to help you reach the end of the first draft? This course will help you develop the skills, techniques and staying power that will get you all the way to the finish line.

07 Nov – 19 Dec

Edit & Pitch Your Novel

Our online course to help you edit and polish your novel and prepare your pitch package for agents and publishers. It's suitable for anyone with a complete first draft in hand and a desire to get the best out of it.

26 Sep – 07 Nov
Catherine Johnson

Writing YA and Children’s Fiction With Catherine Johnson

This three-month online course is for those working on YA, Middle Grade or Young Fiction.

14 Oct – 27 Jan
Cynan Jones, author

Writing Short Stories

Write and edit a complete short story and learn essential fiction-writing techniques on our brand new course from award-winning short story-writer Cynan Jones.

17 Oct – 28 Nov
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Writing a Memoir

Bestselling memoirist Cathy Rentzenbrink shows you how to turn your experiences into a compelling narrative. Join our brand new course for people who want to bring their real life stories to the page.

03 Oct – 14 Nov
Sarah McIntyre and David O'Connell

Writing & Illustrating a Children’s Picture Book

This online course brings together the teaching materials from our two individual courses - for people who want to work on the text and the illustrations for children's picture books.

09 Oct – 11 Dec
Illustrating a Childrens Picture Book

Illustrating a Children’s Picture Book

Want to illustrate children's books? Learn the tricks of the trade from a leading professional illustrator in our online course for all-comers.

16 Oct – 27 Nov
David OConnell, Writing a Childrens Picture Book

Writing a Children’s Picture Book

Turn your ideas into fully-fledged story book texts for 2-6 year-olds with advice from a published children's picture book author.

16 Oct – 27 Nov
Charlotte Mendelson

Three-Month Novel-Writing Course With Charlotte Mendelson

Our flagship writing course, featuring direct input from our literary agent team, based in Curtis Brown's Central London offices. Includes one fully-funded scholarship place.

13 Nov – 27 Feb
Suzannah Dunn

Three-Month Novel-Writing Course With Suzannah Dunn

Deep-dive into your novel with expert tuition, a strong peer group and advice from literary agents. All online, and with flexible scheduling.

11 Nov – 09 Mar

Discover our Longer Courses

Our Three- and Six-Month Selective-Entry Creative Writing Courses in London or Online

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Highly selective, highly personalised

Our selective-entry courses focus in-depth on your novel-in-progress, with tutor-led writing workshops, one-to-one tuition, dedicated teaching and industry insights.

Norah Perkins, Literary agent

Connect with authors, publishers & literary agents

The literary agents at Curtis Brown and C+W regularly visit our London courses to meet students. On our online courses, they take part in exclusive Q&A days.

Introducing our Short Online Writing Courses

These three six-week online novel-writing courses are open to all-comers. Enrol on whichever suits your stage of writing, or take all three short courses to go all the way from first idea to finished novel.


Starting to Write Your Novel

Develop your story idea, plot and plan your novel, and write a confident opening, with our support.


Write to the End of Your Novel

You’ve started writing but it’s a long way to the end of the first draft. We’ll get you there.


Edit & Pitch Your Novel

Great novels are made in the edit. We’ll help you get the best out of your novel and learn how to pitch to agents.

Expert teaching materials

Each course features teaching videos and substantial notes organised into six modules, specially written and produced by novelist, agent and CBC Director Anna Davis.

Writing tasks and support

Each week you’ll complete writing tasks designed by Anna and get feedback from your writing community of fellow students in group discussions, moderated by us. Weekly messages from Anna and our CBC team readers will reinforce the lessons.

Our current courses

Six-Month Novel-Writing Course With Simon Wroe

Six-Month Novel-Writing Course With Lisa O’Donnell