Write to the End of Your Novel

6 weeks
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Write to the End of Your Novel

Are you stuck in the middle of your first draft?

Perhaps you’re writing and writing without a clear sense of where you’re going – or maybe you’re just not sure how to keep building forward from those early chapters? If so, then this is the online creative writing course for you.

Across six weeks, we’ll take you on a journey to help you complete your novel. We’ll help you use ‘active planning’ to solve your writing problems, and teach invaluable writing techniques, such as how to build suspense, how to write great dialogue and how to come up with a satisfying ending to your story.

Anna Davis is brilliant. She gives solid, empathetic advice. She got me out of the abyss.

Bonnie Garmus
Author of Lessons In Chemistry


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 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.
  • 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 multiple Case Studies, additional resources and teaching notes, including good ‘writing ground rules’ and lists 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 planning and working on your novel throughout the six weeks.

  • WEEK 1
    Introduction & pace
  • WEEK 2
    Writing dialogue
  • WEEK 3
    Active planning
  • WEEK 4
    Building suspense
  • WEEK 5
    Stuck in the middle & style & description
  • WEEK 6
    Scenes of Sex & Violence – & Endings


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.

Our How to Write Your Novel Series

This is the second course in our popular How to Write Your Novel series, designed to take you from first idea to final draft.

It sits in between Starting to Write Your Novel and Edit & Pitch Your Novel. You can take the courses in succession or choose the right course for your current stage in the writing process.