How we work with agents

As well as helping writers tell their stories, we aim to help demystify the publishing industry and empower our students to pitch their novels with confidence.

As a Curtis Brown Group company, we work closely with the literary and talent agent teams at Curtis Brown and C&W. Curtis Brown and C&W represent some of the most successful authors in the world. The agents are involved in a variety of ways across our creative writing courses:

  • Exclusive pitching tips. Our six-week online Edit & Pitch Your Novel course features specially recorded videos with pitching tips from Curtis Brown and C&W literary agents.
  • Expert feedback on your work. Get individual feedback on your pitch letters, synopsis and novel-in-progress directly from literary agents on our advanced Writing Your Novel courses. Or, you'll hear directly from talent agents if you join our Writing an Original TV Drama Serial course.
  • Agent-led masterclasses. Agents regularly visit our students and answer their questions during special London sessions or online webinars about writing, editing and the submissions process, alongside authors and other industry experts.
  • Share your opening with the Curtis Brown and C&W agents. At the end of our Writing Your Novel courses students get the opportunity to share their work with the agent teams, as well as a select group of agents from other UK-based agencies.

While we can’t guarantee publication or representation, we lavish our expertise on our students. The agents of Curtis Brown and C&W are hungry for new authors – and the CBC team are on hand to help our selective-entry Writing Your Novel students submit their finished, polished novels to the agency as and when they are ready to do so.

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Interviews with the Agents

Find out more about pitching, submission packages, and the agent’s role in an author’s career on our blog.

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Recommended Courses

Looking for more in-depth guidance as you edit your work and prepare to submit to literary agents? These courses provide insights into the publishing industry, agenting and the submission process – and include direct input from agents.