Edit & Pitch Your Novel
Suitable for anyone with a complete first draft, this online course helps you edit and polish your novel and prepare your pitch package for agents and publishers.
Sept 23 2021 - Nov 04 2021
Get your novel ready for submission
Hosted on our bespoke learning platform
Course fee £210
+ £125 for a 500-word report
Great novels are made in the rewrite. If you’ve written a complete novel and are looking for advice on how to edit and polish it – and then pitch it to agents and publishers – this online course is for you.
Using teaching videos, notes, writing tasks and resources, Curtis Brown Creative’s Director Anna Davis shares her Rewrite Doctor method of editing to help you review your complete draft, identify issues to be remedied, and fix them through the rewriting process. She then demystifies the perfect pitch – including advice on how to write a synopsis and agent’s letter. This course also features video pitching tips from Curtis Brown and C&W literary agents – and you can additionally sign up to get a written report on an extract of your work from one of our team of expert editors.
This is the third course in our ‘how to write a novel’ series – it’s recommended for people who’ve taken Starting to Write Your Novel and Write to the End of Your Novel – together designed to guide you all the way from the germ of an idea to the polished final draft. However this course doesn’t need to follow on from the first two in our series – it works well for people who’ve taken our longer novel-writing courses or who’ve taken university courses – but actually you don’t need to have taken any previous courses before this one. All you need is a complete draft and the desire to get the best out of it.
This course – like all of our online courses – is designed for flexible study. You can take part at times to suit you and from wherever in the world you are.
“I’m sure I’ll take all Anna’s brilliant advice with me to any future novels and writing projects I undertake.”
Bethan James, former Edit & Pitch Your Novel student
Anna Davis, CBC Founder & Director
Anna 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 COURSE GIVE YOU?
Weekly Teaching Modules
A clear path from draft to polished pitch package
Work through six weekly modules comprising teaching videos and substantial notes by Anna Davis. The first 3 modules take you through the editing process in depth - the second 3 show you how to write a synopsis and pitch your work to agents.
Dedicated Teaching Videos
CBC's Founder Anna Davis guides you through the course
Watch specially filmed, informative teaching videos, presented by Anna Davis, offering a practical and friendly approach to the editing process and helping you to conquer your fear of the elevator pitch. Each weekly module includes at least three videos.
Resources & Notes
Comprehensive teaching notes and reference materials which are yours to keep
You’ll get access to multiple resources and teaching notes, including Anna Davis' 'Rewrite Doctor' editing method and examples of successful synopses and agent query letters alongside actionable tips for nailing your pitch.
The hub of our online courses - find your writing community
Upload your completed tasks, give and receive feedback, and discuss the week’s topics with your fellow students and the CBC team.
Tailor-made tasks help you put the lessons into practice
Work your way through Anna's 'Rewrite Doctor' method of editing, and learn how to write a synopsis and agent’s letter. Forum posts to the group from Anna will reinforce these lessons.
Get feedback from your peers and an expert CBC editor
Sharpen your editorial eye through offering comment on other students' work and get their feedback on yours. An expert CBC editor will give brief written comments on several of the students' practical assignments each week, with all students receiving feedback on a task at some stage of the course.
You can follow the course at your own pace, but to get the best out of it, allow plenty of time to watch the videos, read and reflect on the notes and resources, complete the writing tasks, and take part in discussions in the forum. We encourage all students to offer positive, constructive feedback to each other in the forum as the course progresses.
It’s also important to be working on your rewrite throughout the six weeks. At the end of the course, we invite students to share the opening 3,000 words of their novel plus an agent’s letter and synopsis (written with the help of the course). This is not a submission to the agency but an opportunity to get peer feedback and help students to ready themselves to send their work to agents, whether at Curtis Brown and C&W or elsewhere.
NB: if you’re looking for more in-depth feedback (including tutor-led writing workshops and ongoing one-to-one support) as part of a writing course, do take a look at our longer, selective writing course.
In addition to the feedback you’ll be given on a writing task by an expert author-editor during the course, you also have the option to purchase the following additional services.
- CBC report: For an additional fee of £125, you can obtain a detailed 500-word report on your work (of up to 3,000 words) from one of our CBC tutor/editors (a published author with relevant teaching/editorial experience).
- CBC report + tutorial: For an additional fee of £200, you can obtain a 500-word report from one of our CBC tutor/editors and have a 30-minute video or telephone tutorial with them to discuss your work.
Each week students will gain access to a new module based on a practical novel-editing or pitching topic. Our bespoke learning platform features separate forum spaces for all six teaching topics, arranged in a clear structure that’s easy to use. Our online learning space allows students to quickly find and take part in discussions and to easily locate task materials they’d like to refer back to.
The End is the Beginning: Reviewing Your Novel
How to read your draft with a critical eye and prepare for your edit.
The Rewrite Doctor: Planning your edit
Novels are made in the rewrite – discover Anna Davis’s original editing method and use it to evolve your own.
Brush it till it shines: Revising and polishing
Now work into the detailed edit, page by page and line by line, with Anna’s guidance.
Preparing your pitch: Writing your Synopsis
Master the elevator pitch and write your synopsis – we’ll show you how, with examples
Preparing your pitch: Writing your Agent Letter
Learn the ‘dos and don’ts’ of writing a compelling agent letter, with examples – and then write your own
Everything you need to know about pitching to agents and publishers
Exclusive pitching tips from the Curtis Brown and C&W literary agents, presented through seven specially filmed videos