Now that applications for Curtis Brown Creative‘s Six-Month Creative-Writing Course have been dealt with, and the 15 students with the strongest submissions for adult novels have attended their first tutorial, we at CBC are ready to start thinking about our next course. Details of the Three-Month Writing For Children Course were posted on our website this morning, and we’re inviting applications from all aspiring Roald Dahls, Philip Pullmans and Stephenie Meyers out there.
So what do you get for your money? The places on the three-month course – which, as always, are awarded to those able to demonstrate their writing talent as well as an excellent idea for their novel-in-progress – are limited to just 15. So if you’re lucky enough to secure a place, you’ll be working alongside students of an incredibly high standard. And you can expect expert teaching, writing workshops, practical writing exercises, one-to-one tuition and industry advice from top professionals.
Host tutor Tony Bradman is a bestselling children’s author who has taught, mentored and championed many big names in children’s fiction, and is currently enjoying great success with his novel Viking Boy. Curtis Brown Children’s and YA literary agent Stephanie Thwaites will lead a special ‘publishing Saturday’, which will include sessions on how to pitch your novel as well as key insights from two top publishers. And visiting speakers will include Francesca Simon, author of the internationally bestselling ‘Horrid Henry’ books, and Catherine Johnson, acclaimed author and TV writer. The course will help students to understand how to write distinctive and well-plotted novels, and to shape them for specific age ranges.
The Writing For Children Course – which runs from 23rd April to 16th July – is for writers working on a novel for children (over the age of eight) or Young Adult fiction. All teaching will take place in Curtis Brown’s Central London offices on Tuesday evenings and two full-day Saturdays, in order to fit in with students’ busy working lives. Applications close at midnight on Sunday 7th April.
As well as expert teaching from published authors, all our novel-writing courses offer dedicated modules on submitting your novel to literary agents – and include sessions on writing a synopsis and preparing a covering letter. Click for more information or to apply for our creative writing courses.