Edit & Pitch Your Novel

This course helps you to self-edit 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.


Apr 04 2019 - May 16 2019


Get your novel ready for submission


Hosted on our bespoke learning platform

Course fee £200

+ £100 for a 500-word report


If you have a draft of your novel and don’t know what to do next, this is the online creative writing course for you. Curtis Brown Creative Director Anna Davis will take you on a six-week journey to help get your novel ready for pitching and submitting to literary agents and publishers.

Great novels are made in the rewrite and our popular online writing course will show you how to raise your game through the process of editing and redrafting, then we’ll demystify the perfect pitch.

It is the third course in our novel-writing series – it follows on from Starting to Write Your Novel and Write to the End of Your Novel, all designed to take you all the way from the germ of an idea to a polished draft and pitch.


It doesn’t matter if you’ve just finished your first draft of your very first novel or if you’ve written novels before – our aim is to give you the tools to polish your novel to the best it can be and gain the skills and confidence to pitch it to industry professionals

This great learning package features teaching videos and substantial notes organised into six weekly modules designed for flexible study, so you can take part at times to suit you and from wherever in the world you are.

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Weekly Modules

A clear path from draft to polished pitch package

Work through six weekly modules containing teaching videos and substantial notes specially written and produced by novelist, agent and course leader Anna Davis.

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Student Forum

The hub of our online courses. Find your writing community

Upload your completed writing tasks, give and receive feedback, and discuss the week’s topics with your fellow students and the CBC team.

Anna Davis, Curtis Brown Creative's Managing Director

Video Tutorials

Founder, agent and novelist Anna Davis guides you through course

Specially filmed teaching videos, presented by Anna Davis, featuring actionable advice on the rewriting and pitching processes.


Weekly Tasks

Custom editing and pitching tasks to help you learn practically

Anna Davis shares her ‘Rewrite Doctor’ method of editing as well as advice on the synopsis and agent’s letter. Weekly posts to the group from Anna will reinforce these lessons.


Resources & Notes

Comprehensive teaching notes and reference materials that are yours to keep

You’ll get access to multiple writing prompts, additional resources and teaching notes, including ‘how-to’ advice and actionable writing tips.



Get feedback from your peers and an expert CBC editor

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 tasks.


You can follow the course at your own pace, but to get the best out of this course, allow plenty of writing time to focus on your novel. 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 your rewrite throughout the six weeks. Ideally, we recommend spending around 8-10 hours a week working on your novel to get the most out of the course. At the end of the six weeks, we will ask you to post up in the forum the first page of your novel, a 2,000 word excerpt and brief overview explaining where the extract fits into the story arc.

We encourage all students to offer positive, constructive feedback to each other in the forum as the course progresses.


Our bespoke 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.

For an additional fee of £100 you can obtain a detailed 500-word report on your 3,000 word opening and your one-page synopsis from an expert CBC editor when the course finishes.


The End is the Beginning: Reviewing Your Novel

Get through the first read through of your novel.


The Rewrite Doctor: Planning your edit

Novels are made in the rewrite, discover how to get editing.


Brush it till it shines: Revising and polishing

Action your newly discovered redrafting skills.


Preparing your pitch: Writing your Synopsis

Face the often-dreaded synopsis in a practical way.


Preparing your pitch: Writing your Agent Letter

Learn the ‘dos and don’ts’ of writing a compelling agent letter.


Everything you need to know about pitching to agents and publishers

This module includes exclusive videos with tips from Curtis Brown and C&W agents


We’re excited to have you join our community of writers. Choose your preferred option from the right-hand-side and click the ‘Pay & Enrol’ button. You will be shown a secure credit card form for payment. If you have a discount code you can input the details at payment. Once you enrol we’ll send you a confirmation email and then on the day before your course begins you will receive a welcome pack explaining everything you need to know about the course.


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