Write to the End of Your Novel
Are you somewhere in the middle of writing a novel? Need some great advice to help you get to the end of 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.
June 5 2019 - July 17 2019
Finish your first draft
Hosted on our bespoke learning platform
Course fee £200
+ £100 for a 500-word report
If you are stuck in the middle of your first draft, this is the online creative writing course for you. Curtis Brown Creative’s Managing 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 offers a taste of what we do at Curtis Brown Creative for those who are considering the bigger financial and time commitment needed for our longer creative writing courses.
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. All of our online courses are designed for flexible study – you can take part at times to suit you and from wherever in the world you are.
Former student Lia Middleton says of Write to the End of Your Novel: “I learned a great deal from the course – not only where I need to improve and strengthen my writing, but also my strengths themselves, which has allowed me to feel more confident in my pursuit of a long term career as a writer.”
Anna Davis, 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 through to finishing your first draft
Work through six weekly modules comprising teaching videos and substantial notes by Anna Davis. Topics covered include writing dialogue, building suspense, how to work with an 'active plan' and what to do when you get stuck in the middle.
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 help you conquer your writing demons and complete your novel. 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, teaching notes and actionable writing tips - including detailed notes on the three-act narrative structure, plus case studies
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.
Tailor-made writing tasks help you put the lessons into practice
Weekly writing and thinking tasks will help you explore and understand the teaching topics and apply them to your novel. 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. Students will learn to read critically as a write. 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 this course, 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 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. NB: if you’re looking for one-to-one tutorials and tutor-led writing workshops as part of a writing course, do take a look at our longer, selective courses – these aren’t included in Write to the End of Your Novel.
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.
Each week students will gain access to a new module based on a practical novel-writing 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.
Introduction and Pace
How to get your story up and running – the importance of pace and momentum
Great dialogue is a vital element of a good novel. Learn how to make your dialogue really sparkle
Plotting and planning isn’t just for starting out. Learn how active planning can solve problems throughout your writing process
Suspense isn’t only for crime fiction and thrillers – all good novels are suspenseful. We’ll show you how to get the reader on the edge of their seat
Stuck in the Middle & Style and Description
Practical advice on how to get moving again when your writing has come to a halt. Plus tips on how to sharpen your prose style
Sex Scene, Violence Scenes and Endings
How to avoid cliche and unintentional comedy when writing scenes of sex or violence. Plus our advice on how to write a satisfying ending