As Curtis Brown Creative is part of a top literary agency, we’ve never struggled to persuade great writers to come in and speak to students on our creative writing courses – and provide their take on everything from the writing process to dealing with publishers. On our last novel-writing course, which ended in July, our 15 students were treated to two hours with Howard Jacobson. And other courses have seen visits from Jeffrey Archer, Malorie Blackman, Tracy Chevalier, Nathan Filer, Jojo Moyes, David Nicholls, Freya North and Tom Rob Smith, among others. We’ve loved having them all.
Applications for our next Six-Month Novel-Writing Course close at midnight on Sunday 7 September (this Sunday night!) and we’re currently putting together an equally stellar line-up of visiting speakers for those lucky enough to gain a place. And we’ve just heard that one of our all-time favourite writers William Boyd has confirmed he’ll be coming in on 10 December to speak to the 15 students. William will be talking about his experience of writing and the creative process, and students are sure to go away with plenty of valuable insight and tips they can apply to their own work. He will be accompanied by his agent Jonny Geller – who will be speaking about his working relationship with William, the role of literary agents and – most importantly – how to get one.
William Boyd, who was awarded a CBE in 2005 for his services to literature, began his professional writing career in 1981 with his novel A Good Man in Africa. His second novel, An Ice-Cream War, was shortlisted for the Booker Prize, and he has gone on to write nine further novels, four collections of short stories, two biographies (one of which famously was a hoax), as well as plays and non-fiction. Boyd’s work has been widely adapted for film and television – most recently for Channel 4’s critically acclaimed version of his 2009 novel Any Human Heart, for which Boyd also wrote the screenplay. His latest novel, Waiting for Sunrise, was published in 2012.
Even our course tutor, the brilliant Erin Kelly – who has written five bestselling novels, including an official literary adaptation of the hit Broadchurch TV series – has started getting a bit excited about this visit on her Twitter account.
As well as expert teaching from published authors, all our selective three- and six-month novel-writing courses offer dedicated modules on submitting your novel to literary agents – and include sessions on writing a synopsis and preparing a covering letter. Click for more information or to apply for our creative writing courses.