Creative Writing for Beginners

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Creative Writing for Beginners

Tap into your imagination and personal experience, explore your Writer’s World and start writing with confidence.

Join us for a wealth of expert advice and practical writing exercises which build on each other to help you write creative prose with flair and fluency. Find out what you’re capable of when you put pen to paper. At the heart of the course is the exploration of your individual ‘Writer’s World’ – the creative space in which your experience, dreams, ideas, interests, passions and sensibility as a reader fuel your imagination and empower you to define who you are as a writer.

I would recommend the CBC courses without hesitation to anyone seeking to explore their creativity in a supportive, constructive space.

Katie Foley


Anna Davis

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.


  • Video modules: Work through six modules comprising teaching videos and substantial notes by Anna Davis. Topics range from how to create a sense of place to building characters and planning stories.
  • Writing tasks: Weekly writing tasks to help you explore and understand the teaching topics and progress your novel. Weekly posts to the forum from your tutor will reinforce these lessons.
  • Resources & notes: You’ll get access to extensive teaching materials, including writing prompts and a list of recommended reading.
  • Professional feedback: An expert CBC editor will give brief written feedback on several of the students' practical assignments every week, with all students receiving feedback on one of their writing tasks. Students are also given the option to purchase additional end-of-course feedback from our expert editors.
  • Student forum: Find your writing community on our private student forums. Upload your completed writing tasks, give and receive peer-to-peer feedback, and discuss the week’s topics with your fellow students and the CBC team.


Our online courses are designed for flexible learning. Allocate your own study time and take part from wherever you are in the world. Each week, we recommend spending at least four hours on the course. It’s also important to be actively reading and jotting ideas in a notebook throughout your time on the course.

  • WEEK 1
    Discovering your Writer’s World
  • WEEK 2
    Finding the words
  • WEEK 3
    Looking out through different eyes
  • WEEK 4
    Mining for story


All students will be given the option to purchase feedback on their final task from a CBC editor.

  • CBC report: For an additional fee of £145, you can obtain a detailed 500-word report on your work (of up to 3,000 words) from one of our editors.
  • CBC report + tutorial: For an additional fee of £240, you can obtain a 500-word report from one of our editors and have a 30-minute video or telephone tutorial with them to discuss your work.