Curtis Brown launches creative writing school

Curtis Brown launches creative writing school

<p>Curtis Brown Creative is launching the first creative writing school to be run by a literary agency.</p><p>The course will run in Curtis Brown&#39;s offices for three months, from 5th May to July 21st. Fifteen students will be selected in March on the basis of a synopsis and 3,000 words of a novel in progress.</p><p>Anna Davis, five-times novelist and course director, said: &quot;We really want to be taking quite a practical industry-led approach to this. We want to give the students an insider&#39;s view of things. This will not be about qualifications, it&#39;s about the experience.&quot;</p><p>Successful applicants will pay &pound;1,600, for which they will receive a weekly evening class and a number of extra sessions that will be conducted by &quot;leading writers and other publishing professionals,&quot; according to Davis. Each of the students will also receive a critique from a Curtis Brown literary agent at the completion of the course, with stand-out fledgling novelists being offered representation. </p><p>Details of the course and how to apply can be found at <a href="www.curtisbrowncreative.co.uk" title="www.curtisbrowncreative.co.uk">www.curtisbrowncreative.co.uk</a> and it will be advertised more broadly in January. </p><p>Jonny Geller, m.d. of Curtis Brown&#39;s book department, said: &quot;With the challenging market for debut fiction tougher than ever before, we have decided to take a more direct role in seeking out great new writers. We want to guide novelists at the earliest stages to help produce the talent of tomorrow.&quot;&nbsp; <br />&nbsp;</p>