We’re hugely excited to announce that Jane Fallon – author of nine top ten bestselling novels including 2019’s Tell Me a Secret – has generously offered to provide funding for one talented writer with low income to take a six-month novel-writing course in London or online with Curtis Brown Creative this Autumn.
Jane Fallon would like the scholarship to be as inclusive and far-reaching as possible – and so she’s chosen to make this full fee bursary applicable to EITHER our six-month online novel-writing course or our six-month London-based course – the decision to be made by the scholarship recipient.
Jane and CBC would love to discover an exciting new voice through this scholarship opportunity. We are keen to promote diversity in our courses and warmly encourage writers from under-represented backgrounds to apply. So far, three of our previous scholarship students have gone on to gain major publishing deals – find out more here.
The scholarship is open to people over the age of 18, either:
- unmarried and not co-habiting with a partner, with an annual (gross, pre-tax) income of less than £25,000 and personal savings of less than £5,000.
- married or co-habiting with a partner, with a total annual (gross, pre-tax) household income of less than £35,000 and personal savings (jointly or individually) of less than £5,000.
- If you do not fit these criteria but consider your personal financial circumstances merit inclusion in this scholarship opportunity, please give detail in the application form.
Curtis Brown Creative offers places on our courses on the basis of proven writing ability. We ask scholarship applicants to send us the first 3,000 words of a novel in progress, with a one-page synopsis, and to fill out the form below (please don’t use the form on the course information page for scholarship application).
Please note that only those people who satisfy the above eligibility criteria should apply to the scholarship.
Applications for the Jane Fallon Scholarship must be received by us by midnight at the end of Sunday 21st July. We’ll then be in touch with all applicants by Thursday 25th July.
The Jane Fallon Scholarship will be awarded to the applicant whose submission material shows the greatest potential and promise in our view. The decision will be made by the Curtis Brown Creative team and Jane Fallon.
MORE INFORMATION ON COURSES ELIGIBLE FOR THE JANE FALLON SCHOLARSHP
Jane wants to enable a talented writer to study on one of our six-month selective courses in the autumn of 2019. The scholarship winner can choose to study with us in London or online.
Please note, if you’re thinking of studying with us in London, you need to be able to attend evening sessions in our Central London offices at least once a week for the duration of your course (in many weeks there are two evening sessions). If you live a long way from London, or if your schedule will not allow you to attend sessions on weekday evenings, we’d advise you to opt for our online course in the application form.
The courses are:
Six-month course in London taught by Simon Wroe, running 12th September 2019 to 4th March 2020.
TERMS AND CONDITIONS
- Applicants to the Jane Fallon Scholarship must fulfil our eligibility criteria. Our form asks you to make a statement about your financial circumstances and background and why you feel you deserve the scholarship.
- With respect to the earnings thresholds set out in our eligibility section: for salaried applicants, your current salary at date of application must be under the threshold. For self-employed applicants, your gross pre-tax profits (average figure for the last two financial years) must be under the threshold. State benefits such as jobseeker’s allowance should be counted as income.
- We acknowledge that some people whose earnings do not comply fully with the criteria may nevertheless have personal circumstances that we would consider should merit inclusion in this opportunity (for example, a lone parent with sole financial responsibility for three children, earning a salary of £26,000 per year). If you feel your personal and financial circumstances should qualify you for inclusion in the scholarship opportunity, please give full details. Final decisions around eligibility will be made by the Curtis Brown Creative team on a case by case basis.
- Applicants may be asked to provide proof of their financial circumstances in support of their scholarship applications.
- Applicants to the Jane Fallon Scholarship may also apply for other scholarships or bursaries offered by Curtis Brown Creative (though please note that in the event of your being awarded this scholarship or another scholarship place, any open applications for further scholarships become void). NB The Jane Fallon scholar is still eligible to enter and potentially win first prize in the Curtis Brown First Novel competition.
- Applicants to the Jane Fallon Scholarship are not eligible to be considered for ‘normal’ paying places on the courses listed above – this is because the scholarship is intended for a writer without the means to take up a paying place on the 6-month online course.