Write to the End of Your Novel

If you've started a novel and are looking for help completing the first draft, this course will help you develop the skills, techniques and staying power that will get you all the way to the end of your story.

COURSE DATES

Apr 11 2019 - May 23 2019

Novel-Writing

Finish your first draft

Online

Hosted on our bespoke learning platform

Course fee £200

+ £100 for a 500-word report

OVERVIEW

If you are stuck in the middle of your first draft, 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 you complete your novel.

Write to the End of Your Novel is suitable for all writers working on their first draft, but it is particularly recommended to writers who have already taken our Starting to Write Your Novel course. The course will give you lots of great advice on how to finish your story whether you’re writing just for fun or taking the early steps in a more serious literary journey. It also offers a taste of the writing courses we have to offer at Curtis Brown Creative at an affordable price.

It is the second in our novel-writing series – it follows on from Starting to Write Your Novel and comes before Edit & Pitch Your Novel – all designed to take you all the way from the germ of an idea to a polished draft and pitch.

WHAT DOES THIS COURSE GIVE YOU?

It doesn’t matter if you’re working on your very first novel or if you’ve written novels before – our aim is to give you the tools to write a compelling first draft from dialogue to descriptions, from plot to characterisation. This course will help develop your writing skills to finish your story.

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 being stuck in the middle to your first draft.

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 great tips and advice on the novel-writing process.

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Writing Tasks

Custom writing tasks to help you learn practically

Weekly writing and ‘thinking’ tasks will help you explore and understand the teaching topics and progress your novel. Weekly posts to the group from Anna will reinforce these lessons.

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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.

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Feedback

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 writing tasks.

STUDENT ENGAGEMENT

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 planning and working on your novel 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.

COURSE STRUCTURE & WEEKLY TOPICS

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 final task (the first page of your novel, a 2,000 word excerpt and brief overview explaining where the extract fits into the story arc) from an expert CBC editor when the course finishes.

WEEK 1

Introduction and Pace

Discover why pace and plot are so integral to finishing a novel.

WEEK 2

Writing Dialogue

Learn to craft convincing dialogue which enhances your story.

WEEK 3

Active Planning

What level of planning and plotting is right for you and your novel?

WEEK 4

Building Suspense

Discover the art of writing a compelling scene filled with tension.

WEEK 5

Stuck in the Middle & Style and Description

Full of writing prompts and tips for moving forward with your plot.

WEEK 6

Sex Scene, Violence Scenes and Endings

Learn how to skillfully tackle explicit scenes and write a killer ending.

READY TO ENROL?

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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