US agency combines with Curtis Brown for novel-writing course
ICM Partners has joined forces with Curtis Brown Creative, the creative writing school founded by the Curtis Brown Literary and Talent agency, to create a six-month online novel-writing course, starting in September.
Taught by Lisa O'Donnell and with one scholarship place provided by author Jane Fallon, the course will offer 15 students insights from both the UK and US publishing industries. Literary agents Heather Karpas and Zoe Sandler from ICM's New York office will take part in two 'agent days' and give feedback to students.
Anna David, md of Curtis Brown Creative, said: "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."
Karpas and Sandler said: "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."
Curtis Brown Creative launched eight years ago and has produced 62 students so far who have got major publishing deals, including Jessie Burton, Nicholas Searle, Jane Harper and Kate Hamer.
Pictured (l-r): Zoe Sandler and Heather Karpas