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Creative Writing Courses

Be part of the first writing courses from Curtis Brown Creative to be held in Dubai, UAE!

The writing school of major UK literary agency Curtis Brown has a fantastic track record, with 64 former students going on the get commercial publishing deals. Now, Curtis Brown Creative has teamed up with the Emirates Literature Foundation to bring bestselling author Lisa O’Donnell (The Death of Bees, Closed Doors) to Dubai to teach two courses for new and experienced writers.

Both the courses will take place at the Creative Space in the Crowne Plaza, Dubai Festival City and includes lunch each day at Anise restaurant in the adjoining InterContinental hotel.

To find out more about Curtis Brown Creative please visit and follow them on Twitter @cbcreative to take part in their monthly writing competition #WriteCBC.

Lisa O’Donnell

Lisa O’Donnell is the author of the Commonwealth Book Prize-winning novel The Death of Bees, published by Windmill. Her second novel, Closed Doors is published by William Heinemann. Lisa won the Orange Screenwriting Prize for her screenplay The Wedding Gift and was nominated for the Dennis Potter New Screenwriters’ Award. She is currently working on her third novel.

Creative Writing Course: Emerging Writers

If you’re bursting to write, but don’t know where to start, this creative writing course from bestselling author and Curtis Brown Creative tutor Lisa O’Donnell is the course for you.

Lisa will lead a three-day course for 15 beginner writers, with a focus on character and place. The course features tutor-led discussion to inspire ideas; writing exercises to get those creative juices flowing; work-sharing to help you make progress; and expert teaching sessions to give you the tools to continue. Each member of the group will also receive a 20-minute individual tutorial with Lisa.

This course is suitable for anyone over the age of 18 who loves reading and would like to try writing fiction. A wonderful opportunity to learn writing skills and explore your creativity with an expert tutor.

Click here for the course schedule

More experienced writers should instead attend Advanced Creative Writing

Date: Fri 11 Oct – Sun 13 Oct
Time: Full Day
Age: 18+
Ability Level: Beginners
Venue: Crowne Plaza, DFC
Price: AED 2650
Language: English

Pay non-refundable AED650 deposit to book

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Creative Writing Course: Advanced Creative Writing

If you’re at work on a novel or short story, and you would like some expert teaching to help you develop it and write it to the best of your ability, join this intensive three-day advanced creative writing course for 15 writers, taught by bestselling author and Curtis Brown Creative tutor Lisa O’Donnell.

The course features creative writing workshops with the tutor and fellow writers to bring new perspectives to each participant’s practice, and offers the chance to delve deeper into the processes that underpin good writing, editing and pitching through teaching, discussion and writing exercises. It is also an opportunity to create a network of support and insight that can be invaluable to writers at any and every stage of their career. Every student will also receive a 20-minute individual tutorial with Lisa focused on their work in progress – and the course will culminate in an elevator pitch workshop with verbal feedback from Lisa.

This course is suitable for anyone over the age of 18 who is writing a piece of prose fiction – whether a novel or a shorter work. Raise your writing game and learn to pitch your work to agents/publishers with the experienced teaching perspective of a best-selling author.

You will need to submit the opening of your novel-in-progress or short story (up to 3,000 words) and a one-page synopsis when you pay the refundable deposit to book your place. The deadline for your submission is 19 September. The outstanding balance is due before 26 September 2019.

Click here to download the course schedule

Date: Thu 17 Oct – Sat 19 Oct
Time: Full Day
Age: 18+
Ability Level: Experienced
Venue: Crowne Plaza, DFC
Price: AED 2650
Language: English

Please attach your synopsis and writing sample at the ‘checkout page’.

Pay refundable AED650 deposit to book
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You will need to pay a deposit to hold your place on the course.

The deposit for the Emerging Writers course is non-refundable and guarantees you a place.

The deposit for the Advanced Writers course will be refunded if your application is not accepted.

The balance for the emerging writers course is due by 26 September.

The balance for the advanced course is due by 26 September.

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