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Curtis Brown launches creative writing school

by  John Ryan

Curtis Brown Creative is launching the first creative writing school to be run by a literary agency.

The course will run in Curtis Brown'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.

Anna Davis, five-times novelist and course director, said: "We really want to be taking quite a practical industry-led approach to this. We want to give the students an insider's view of things. This will not be about qualifications, it's about the experience."

Successful applicants will pay £1,600, for which they will receive a weekly evening class and a number of extra sessions that will be conducted by "leading writers and other publishing professionals," 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.

Details of the course and how to apply can be found at www.curtisbrowncreative.co.uk and it will be advertised more broadly in January.

Jonny Geller, m.d. of Curtis Brown's book department, said: "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."