Are you a writer who’d like to join one of our London-based novel-writing courses, but are unable to afford the fee? With the deadline coming soon for our next 3-month course, taught by the wonderful Charlotte Mendelson, we want to make sure you know about the fully-paid scholarship opportunity being offered by HW Fisher …
CBC runs a number of scholarship opportunities each year, funded from various different sources: We’ve been bowled over by the support we’ve had from former student Sarah Quinn (who has now funded 2 scholarships), and from Curtis Brown’s author-clients Marian Keyes and Felicia Yap, who have each supported one student with low income.
Top London chartered accountancy HW Fisher is now our longest-running sponsor – and are about to fund their sixth CBC scholarship for writers of limited financial means. Applications are open until 21st October, so whether you’ve got a great idea for a novel, or a finished draft which needs some work and attention (and anything in between!) – if you’ve got a great story you feel compelled to tell, then we want to hear from you…
Earlier this year our most recent HW Fisher scholar, Kiare Ladner, landed a major book deal for her scholarship-winning novel Nightshift. Her debut was snapped up by Picador in a deal agented by Curtis Brown’s Cathryn Summerhayes whilst she was studying with us. Since her course, Kiare’s career has gone from strength-to-strength and she was recently shortlisted for the BBC National Short Story Award 2018 for her short story ‘Van Rensburg’s Card’, which you can listen to on BBC Radio 4 here. You can also check out our recent interview with Kiare.
The HW Fisher sponsorship of CBC started over 3 years ago, when Andrew Subramanium, a partner in HW Fisher’s media group, working with an impressive roll-call of writers, musicians and artists, got talking to CBC’s MD Anna Davis. That first conversation, over three years ago, quickly led to the development of a scholarship programme that has funded two students per year ever since.
This week we decided it was time to catch up with Andrew to find out a bit more about why they decided to sponsor CBC, and how they work with authors …
What made HW Fisher decide to sponsor an ongoing novel-writing scholarship with Curtis Brown Creative?
Andrew: It’s so important that people from all backgrounds have the opportunity to grow their talents as writers. The creative arts are essential to the UK’s future development. At HW Fisher we’ve been advising and guiding authors for many years and believe it is crucial to support the young writing community. With that in mind, we’re delighted to sponsor two Curtis Brown Creative Scholarships each year.
What do you most enjoy about working with authors and other creative people?
We find authors and other creatives to be highly intelligent and stimulating to deal with. No two clients are the same and we enjoy the challenge of providing advice and guidance in a wide variety of situations. It’s very satisfying to be able to advise on financial and tax planning, and see the positive impact it has.
Are there any common issues that authors face in terms of their taxes and finances?
Yes. Most authors need guidance on the allowability of their expenses claims and the accurate quantifying of their income and expenses. Where their profits fluctuate from one year to another, they are often able to average these over adjoining tax years, reducing their liabilities. Some authors also need advice on operating through limited companies or partnerships which we are happy to provide.
What books are you currently reading, and what type of books do you like to read?
A Rising Man by Abir Mukherjee. And I’m particularly enjoying some excellent crime novels by authors such as Mark Billingham, Vaseem Khan, Erin Kelly and Louise Doughty.
From all of us at CBC — a massive thank you to the HW Fisher team!
The next HW Fisher scholar will be selected from applications by the CBC team, based on a one-page synopsis and 3,000 word extract from the beginning of their novel-in-progress. The deadline for applying to the course is midnight end of day, 21st October. Read more about the HW Fisher Scholarship including eligibility criteria and how to apply.