30-Day Writing Bootcamp
Ready to start a new novel, or to have a go at putting pen to paper for the first time and see where it leads? Perhaps you’re determined to kick some new life into a work-in-progress that’s been languishing, unloved?
If this sounds like you, then it’s time to enrol on our new 30-Day Writing Bootcamp for an energising and enriching 30 days of writing, supported by online lessons.
This bootcamp comprises teaching videos, tasks, writing tips and prompts – created, designed and delivered to you by CBC’s founder and MD, Anna Davis.
Set your own personal target for the bootcamp – whether that’s to write something every day, to achieve a desired word count by the end, to solve a thorny problem with a WIP – whatever works for your stage of writing. Acquire new skills through the lessons and try them out in the writing tasks (which can be used to generate lots of new pieces of writing or to progress your WIP).
It’s been a godsend. The daily prompts have got me back into my fledgling WIP and I’m on track to have written 30 new scenes in a month.
Anna Davis is the founder and Director of the Curtis Brown Creative writing school. She is the author of five acclaimed novels which have been published in twenty languages. She has been a journalist and Guardian columnist, as well as a Curtis Brown literary agent. She taught creative writing at the University of Manchester and in many other settings before founding Curtis Brown Creative in 2011.
What does this bootcamp give you?
- 12 original teaching videos from Anna: Each video gives concise advice on a useful writing topic.
- 10 tailor-made writing tasks: Put the teaching into practice (these bigger writing exercises are set every three days).
- 20 writing prompts + tips: You’ll get a writing prompt and a writing tip every day (except on days when a more in-depth writing task has been set).
- Written notes: Each video and writing task is supported by useful notes from Anna, to give further guidance.
- Student forum: Find your writing community. Students are encouraged to share the results of their tasks in the secure, moderated forum and take a little time to read and offer brief positive feedback to other participants. Anna will also be posting messages of encouragement to the group every few days.
We suggest setting aside 30-45 minutes to respond to each daily writing task or prompt. You can use the bootcamp to write every day – or catch up later if your schedule doesn’t allow that.
Some students might be inspired to spend longer on certain writing exercises, others might skip certain prompts and focus on the 10 bigger tasks.
For those of you eager to dedicate more time to your writing, the bootcamp is a great accompaniment for any other writing projects you’re working on and can be done simultaneously with a CBC online course.
Day 1Video lesson 1 – Warming up
Day 2Video lesson 2 – Hitting the ground running
Day 3Task – Hitting the ground running
Day 4Video lesson 3 – Why did they do that?
Day 5Task – Why did they do that?
Day 6Writing tip and today's task
Day 7Video lesson 4 – Opposing forces
Day 8Task – Opposing forces
Day 9Writing tip and today's prompt
Day 10Video lesson – See it from my perspective
Day 11Task – See it from my perspective
Day 12Writing tip and today's prompt
Day 13Video lesson 6 – Where the heck are we?
Day 14Task – Where the heck are we?
Day 15Writing tip and today's prompt
Day 16Video lesson 7 – Writing scenes
Day 17Task – Writing scenes
Day 18Writing tip and today’s prompt
Day 19Video lesson 8 – What lies beneath
Day 20Task – What lies beneath
Day 21Writing tip and today's prompt
Day 22Video lesson 9 – Inside and out
Day 23Task – Inside and out
Day 24Writing tip and today’s prompt
Day 25Video lesson 10 – Raising the stakes
Day 26Task – Raising the stakes
Day 27Writing tip and today's prompt
Day 28Video lesson 11 – The arc
Day 29Share your favourite task
Day 30Video lesson 12 - Farewell and keep going
30-Day Writing Bootcamp – Vol 2
If you loved our original 30-Day Writing Bootcamp, you can now sign up for a second 30 days of online lessons, tasks and tips to re-energise your writing muscles.
Gift this Bootcamp
Encourage your writerly friend or loved one to get creative! We have £35 gift vouchers available, enabling you to buy the 30-Day Writing Bootcamp as a present.
Join us for 30 days of writing, with online lessons, tasks and tips to help you find focus and get to your desk every day.