Those who spent Friday glued to Twitter rather than progressing that novel or doing any work may have seen the announcement that Curtis Brown Creative will be partnering with The London Book Fair on The London Writers’ Fair – an exclusive, one-day event focusing on the debut novel at Foyles bookshop on Charing Cross Road, London, on Friday 11 April.
The day – subtitled The Novel: Making Your Debut – will involve a morning of creative-writing workshops for 30 students, followed by two special panel events for 100 aspiring writers in the afternoon, which will feature bestselling authors, literary agents and publishers. The London Writers’ Fair will conclude with a ‘meet the authors’ session and book signing, and informal networking drinks.
From 9.30am to 2.30pm, we’ll be providing a taste of our popular novel-writing courses for 30 students, who will be selected on the strength of their applications to CBC. Students will be separated into two groups of 15 and will cover essential aspects of the novel-writing process with acclaimed novelists and popular CBC tutors Nikita Lalwani and Louise Wener. The £50 fee for this morning session also includes a lunch with the tutors.
In the afternoon, these 30 students will be joined by 70 more aspiring novelists for two exclusive panel events and Q&A sessions chaired by CBC director Anna Davis. The first panel, ‘How do you pitch to agents and publishers and what do new novelists need to know about publishing?’, will be comprised of literary agents Karolina Sutton of Curtis Brown and Sophie Lambert of Conville & Walsh, as well as two top publishers. The second, entitled ‘What do New Novelists Need to Know – the Author’s Perspective’, will feature Costa Book of the Year winner Nathan Filer, bestselling author Adele Parks, former Curtis Brown Creative student Antonia Honeywell (whose debut novel The Ship will be published by Weidenfeld & Nicolson later this year) and another well-known novelist, who we’ll be announcing soon.
All those who would like to attend the free afternoon session (including those applying for the morning session) must register with the London Book Fair here.
To apply for the morning creative-writing workshops with Nikita Lalwani and Louise Wener, please click here.