Most writing courses aim to make you a better writer only this one aims to get you a book deal. Not everyone gets there; it’s fiercely competitive. They say 40,000 novels are finished each week. Given those odds, Curtis Brown generating 50+ book deals since 2011 is a cracking hit rate.
To win a place on this course you must submit a started novel, you have to be able to write and pitch a synopsis that agents believe has the potential to be a novel.
So naturally the course sets high standards, it’s pricey, it involves a lot of time, travel and a commitment to weekly work.
I’m familiar with the topics set out on the course but I’m not a published novelist. I expect my skills to be given a professional sheen in every area. I’ll report back on every topic, what I took from it and how it improved:
- My novel
- My understanding of the industry
- My writing
My aim is to capture the elements that turn an enthusiastic creative writer into someone ready to submit novels to international book publishers.
We have a number of published authors acting as tutors, there is a host of guest speakers bringing their expertise to our table. Agents, authors and publishers all regularly feature.