Curtis Brown Creative courses for aspiring writers

Notebook and pen cr Judy DarleyAs the new year gets underway, why not rev up your writing skills? Curtis Brown Creative, the creative-writing school run by Curtis Brown Literary Agency, is inviting applications for an array of writing courses aimed at aspiring novelists, with London-based and an online options to choose between.

There are also lower-priced online ‘taster’ courses to give you the chance to work out if this is the right approach for you, or if you’re not ready to take on the full time and financial commitment required for their longer courses.

Learn to edit and pitch your novel, or get to the end of that all-important first draft, get insights and hands-on help from successful authors and experienced editors. The creative writing school was launched in 2011 and remains the only one run by a literary agency.

Upcoming courses include the chance to learn to writing and edit short fiction with award-winning short story-writer Cynan Jones, starting on 30th January, and a six-month online novel writing course with authors Lisa O’Donnell and Andre Michael Hurley, starting on 17th February. Deadlines for applying for these particular courses are 27th January for the former and 26th January for the latter.

“I’m proud to say that over the past few years, many of our alumni have gained deals with major publishers,” says Curtis Brown Director Anna Davis. “Some of our former students have written international bestsellers, others have won prizes and several more have gained representation with literary agents and are working to edit their novels for publication. Yet more are still working away, often with the support of their former Curtis Brown Creative cohort. It’s great to see how many of our alumni stay closely in touch with their student groups long after their courses end.– have seen more than fifteen students secure book deals with major publishers and several others find representation.”

Find full details of upcoming courses here.

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Curtis Brown Novel Writing Course

Lizard Point sea birds cr Judy DarleySecuring the services of a literary agent can be a real challenge, but it begins with writing the kind of novel they will get impassioned by and believe publishers will be falling over themselves to take on. Why not see if 2015 is the year you can make your writing soar?

Curtis Brown Creative is the only writing school in the UK run by a literary agency actively looking for new clients, and a prestigious one at that.

In the tail-end of 2014 they’re running an Online Three-Month Novel-Writing Course from Monday 3rd November 2014 to Sunday 22nd February 2015. And their track record is impressive – previous courses have seen ten students secure book deals with major publishers and several others find representation.

Places will be offered to 15 students, selected on the basis of ability as demonstrated in applications.

The course lead tutor is Lisa O’Donnell, with guest speakers including Clare Conville & Walsh, as well as  sessions on writing covering letters and perfecting your synopsis.

Writers born in Wales or currently residing in Wales can apply for a place funded by the Eluned Phillips Centenary Writing Bursary on this course.

All students will get:

• Weekly writing workshops with Lisa O’Donnell and your student peers, taking place in a secure group space, hosted on a tried-and-tested educational online platform.

• Two 30-minute one-to-one tutorials with Lisa, delivered on the phone or by Skype (depending on student’s choice), and scheduled in consultation with you.

• Weekly teaching sessions on key topics with Lisa, with video material, and homework to include writing exercises, discussion and preparing synopses.

• A day-long session for dialogue and Q&As with the Curtis Brown and Conville & Walsh literary-agent teams.

• A first-page workshop offering direct feedback for all students on their opening pages.

• Feedback on your essential one-page synopsis.

• A day-long opportunity to get feedback from the Curtis Brown and Conville & Walsh agents on the all-important pitch letter.

• The opportunity to have your 3,000 word opening and synopsis read by the Curtis Brown and Conville & Walsh book agent teams at the conclusion of the course

• A secure discussion space to share material and thoughts with your student peer group informally.

To find out more and apply, go to