Books  |  May 15, 2019

Curtis Brown Creative to join forces with ICM Partners on Transatlantic Novel-Writing Course

In an industry first, ICM Partners are to join forces with Curtis Brown Creative – the highly successful creative writing school founded by the Curtis Brown Literary and Talent agency – to work together on a special six-month online novel-writing course starting this September, providing 15 talented writing students with a unique opportunity to connect with literary agents from both the US and the UK and to glean knowledge and industry insights from both US and UK publishing perspectives.

ICM Partners has been working with Curtis Brown for over 10 years on the UK and translation rights representation of its stellar list of authors. Now the Curtis Brown Creative team are hugely excited to have Heather Karpas and Zoe Sandler – both literary agents at ICM in New York – joining this novel-writing course, with the shared mission of discovering and developing exciting new writers. 

Applications are now 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, generously 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 the quality of material from their novels-in-progress. Heather Karpas and Zoe 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. 

Anna Davis – MD of Curtis Brown Creative, says: “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.”

Heather Karpas and Zoe Sandler say: “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.”

To find out more and apply, visit the Curtis Brown Creative website here.

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