04 April 2016

Curtis Brown Creative students create The Book of Unwritten Rules

by Eli Keren From Our Students

We’re delighted to announce that novel-writing students from one of our very first creative writing courses back in 2011 have just seen their work collected in a new short-story anthology – The Book of Unwritten Rules. The collection, edited by Curtis Brown Creative’s own Rufus Purdy and featuring a foreword from CBC Director Anna Davis, will be launched officially on Wednesday 6 April at Waterstones Piccadilly.

The group – which includes published novelists Tim Glencross (Barbarians), Kate Hamer (The Girl in the Red Coat), James Hannah (The A–Z of You and Me) and Annabelle Thorpe (The People We Were Before) – met on the Curtis Brown Creative Novel-Writing Course five years ago, but have continued to meet regularly, and to read and critique each other’s work. Putting 15 strangers in a room and hoping they’ll get along is always a risk, but on our London-based novel writing courses, we’re usually pretty confident that we’ve collected a bunch of like-minded people who won’t remain strangers for long. But it’s always an extra pleasure for us to watch a group grow, develop and remain friends long after their course has ended.

‘The 14 writers who’ve created The Book of Unwritten Rules are a very special and very talented bunch of people,’ says Anna Davis in her foreword to the anthology. ‘Our most cohesive and sociable group ever, as well as one of the most talented, the students on our Autumn 2011 course were huge fun to teach. All were Real Writers and I knew straight away that some were writing novels that would find success.’

‘Taking a writing class in the commercial environment of a literary agency exposed us to the economic realities of the publishing world,’ says the group’s statement on its website. ‘Through the advice and honesty of tutors and guest speakers, some of them successful novelists, others, key figures within the publishing houses, we learned that as a writer, you can’t afford to sit and wait for someone to discover you. Success is never guaranteed, and is often reliant on the collaboration of others. And so this collection of stories is it; this is us, doing it for ourselves, creating a place where our writing can be seen, supporting each other and working together to show off the best of our talents. We hope you enjoy it.’

And with stories featuring everything from time-travelling travel agencies and champagne thieves to Arctic expeditions and immoveable cows, we’re sure that you will.

To buy a copy of The Book of Unwritten Rules, please click here.

For an in-depth course as part of a group of 15 (in which students are selected on the basis of their submission) with a great tutor and participation from our literary agents, apply for:

Six-Month Novel-Writing Course in London with Christopher Wakling (deadline for applications is Wed 17 January).

Six-Month Online Novel-Writing Course with Lisa O’Donnell (deadline for applications is Wed 24 January).

For a dedicated online course for those writing for young adults or children as part of a group of 15 (in which students are selected on the basis of their submission), with a top children’s author, apply for: 

Writing YA and Children’s Fiction with Catherine Johnson (deadline for applications is Sun 28 Jan).

We are offering three low-cost ‘foundation’ courses, featuring tuition from CBC director Anna Davis:

Starting to Write Your Novel (deadline for enrolment is midnight on Mon 15 January).

Write to the End of Your Novel (deadline for enrolment is midnight on Mon 22 January).

Edit & Pitch Your Novel (deadline for enrolment is midnight on Mon 29 January).

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