We’re lucky to have some fantastic visiting speakers for our London-based courses, from top publishers and editors such as Mary Mount, and Louisa Joyner, to writers as diverse as William Boyd and Jess Kidd. Recently we were delighted to welcome back our regular guest Jeffrey Archer. He came in to speak to our three-month course, alongside his literary agent and Curtis Brown Chairman, Jonathan Lloyd. Jeffrey is one of the world’s bestselling novelists, a master storyteller and a compelling speaker, so his visits are always a treat for our students.
Jeffrey likes to set our students the task of writing a self-contained 100 word story, after which he reads their work and chooses his favourite (you can read Jeffrey’s own 100-word story here). On this occasion the winner was Janine Hollinworth. Here’s her story, ‘The Gown’:
The whole affair is too much; the flowers, the ceremony, the reception. Choosing my dress was the hardest part. I went with traditional, classic. I’ll be on display, after all.
I turn the diamond ring on my finger. He knows, deep down, I have already left.
‘I’m sorry,’ I say. ‘I can’t do this.’
‘Okay.’ His voice cracks and I’m swallowed by a wave of panic.
‘I want to be buried in your dressing gown, instead,’ I say. ‘Wrapped in you.’
My husband of fifty-three years kisses my head.
‘Whatever you want, love. It’s your day, not mine’
For an in-depth course as part of a group of 15 (in which students are selected on the basis of their submission) with a great tutor and participation from our literary agents, apply for:
Six-Month Novel-Writing Course in London with Christopher Wakling (deadline for applications is Sunday 21 January).
Six-Month Online Novel-Writing Course with Lisa O’Donnell (deadline for applications is Sunday 28 January).
For a dedicated online course for those writing for young adults or children as part of a group of 15 (in which students are selected on the basis of their submission), with a top children’s author, apply for:
Writing YA and Children’s Fiction with Catherine Johnson (deadline for applications is Sunday 4 February).
We are also offering three low-cost ‘foundation’ online courses, featuring tuition from CBC director Anna Davis:
Starting to Write Your Novel (deadline for enrolment is midnight on Mon 15 January).
Write to the End of Your Novel (deadline for enrolment is midnight on Mon 22 January).
Edit & Pitch Your Novel (deadline for enrolment is midnight on Mon 29 January).