US agency ICM Partners and Curtis Brown Creative are teaming up to launch a six-month online novel-writing course.
The course, which starts in September, will provide 15 writing students with the opportunity to connect with literary agents from the US and UK and the chance to glean knowledge and industry insights from US and UK publishing perspectives.
ICM Partners have worked with Curtis Brown for more than 10 years on UK and translation rights representation and now ICM literary agents Heather Karpas and Zoe Sandler will take part in 'agent days' during the creative writing school's new course.
Anna Davis, m.d. of Curtis Brown Creative, said: “I am so thrilled that Heather Karpas and Zoe Sandler are going to work with us on this course. Our online creative writing courses are inherently international, with many writers participating from across the world – but the involvement of ICM Partners gives us a new and brilliant opportunity to specifically reach out to talented US writers—as well as offering fascinating insights into the US market for all of the students who’ll be taking part.”
Karpas and Sandler added: “We’ve long admired the work that CBC does with emerging writers, and the remarkable success of the program. We are thrilled to participate and help expand its reach into the US market.”
Applications are open for the six month-online course which will run September 2019-March 2020—taught by Commonwealth-Book-Prize-winning author Lisa O’Donnell, and including one fully-funded scholarship place for a writer with financial hardship, provided by bestselling author Jane Fallon.
The 15 students will be selected from among applications received by the Curtis Brown Creative team on the basis of quality of material from their novels-in-progress.
Karpas and Sandler will be taking part in two ‘agent days’, giving feedback to students on their pitches and answering their questions on publishing and writing—and at the end of the course, students will have the chance to share the openings of their novels-in-progress and their synopses with both the US and UK agents.
To find out more and apply, visit the Curtis Brown Creative website here.