31 August 2018

The HW Fisher Scholarship for novel-writing is now open for applications

Creative writing course in London
by Katie Smart Course News

We’ve partnered with top London chartered accountancy firm HW Fisher to provide a writing bursary, to give one talented writer of limited financial means a fully funded place on our next three-month course in London, taught by Charlotte Mendelson. This is the sixth scholarship place that HW Fisher have sponsored and we would like to thank them for their ongoing support of our courses through the scholarship program, which has been running since Autumn 2015.

We are committed to finding talented writers and helping them to get the best out of their novels. We are keen to promote diversity in our student groups and to find a writer through this scholarship program who we might not otherwise have heard from. If you have the desire to write, a great idea and a compelling voice, and if you’re without the financial means to attend a Curtis Brown Creative course, this scholarship opportunity is for you.

Kiare Ladner, author and HW Scholar

Kiare Ladner, who won the fully-funded HW Fisher Scholarship place on our three-month course earlier this year, recently landed a major book deal for her scholarship-winning novel Nightshift. Her debut was snapped up by Picador in a deal agented by Curtis Brown’s Cathryn Summerhayes whilst she was studying with us in the Spring. Kiare said on winning the scholarship: ‘I was thrilled to be given the HW Fisher Scholarship. It has come at an incredibly helpful time when I am trying to work out how to move forward as a writer.’ Read our interview with Kiare here.

Kirsty Capes, HW Scholar

Kirsty Capes, a previous HW Fisher scholar, who has now found representation and is working with her agent to prepare her novel for submission to publishers, said of her time on the course and winning the scholarship: “Any aspiring writer will know how isolating an experience writing can be. CBC has created a safe and nurturing environment where I can present my writing in a non-judgmental and constructive setting among other writers who are going through the same creative process as me. The expert help and in-depth feedback from agents, editors and authors is totally invaluable.

“More than that, being awarded the HW Fisher scholarship has felt like a real validation of my work. It’s an incredible, invigorating feeling, knowing that someone has read my writing and found it to be credible and worthy of their time…”

The HW Fisher scholar will be selected from applications by the CBC team, based on a one-page synopsis and 3,000 word extract from the beginning of their novel-in-progress. The deadline for applying to the course is midnight end of day, 21st October. Read more about the HW Fisher Scholarship including eligibility criteria and how to apply, here.

Find out more about all of our current scholarship opportunities.

Read about the Three-Month Novel-Writing Course in London with Charlotte Mendelson.

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