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Win a free place on a Curtis Brown Creative online course in writing or illustrating a children's picture book - worth £200

Curtis Brown Creative online course

Fancy yourself as a budding children's author or illustrator? Harness your talents with a place on a Curtis Brown Creative online course – read on to find out more.

Do you find yourself reading stories to your kids and thinking, “I could do this …”? Or is your imagination filled with lively characters that you want to bring to life as pictures on the page?

The Curtis Brown Creative writing school – run by a major literary agency – is offering Mumsnetters the chance to win a free place on one of their new online courses starting in October: Illustrating a Children’s Picture Book, led by best-selling artist Sarah McIntyre; and Writing a Children’s Picture Book, taught by popular author David O’Connell.

Fifty former Curtis Brown Creative writing students have signed with major publishers, including Jessie Burton (The Miniaturist), Jane Harper (The Dry), Nicholas Searle (The Good Liar), and Lisa Williamson (The Art of Being Normal). Now they want to find the next Julia Donaldson or Axel Scheffler…

Suitable for beginners and those wanting to improve their skills, the 6-week courses will help you to develop a complete picture book text or set of illustrations.


  • For a chance of winning a free place on the Illustration course, send in your drawing or sketch of your potential picture book character.
  • For a chance of winning a free place on the Writing course, send in the title and first line of your potential picture book story.

There's also a discount of 10% off course fees for ALL Mumsnetters who book a place on any one of these new courses in Writing and Illustrating a Children’s Picture Book. Your discount code will be revealed once you have entered the competition using the form below.

Check course dates and find further details on the Curtis Brown Creative website.

Entrants must be 18 years or over.

The competition closes on 28 September 2018. T&Cs apply.