Isanna Curwen has been running creative writing courses in Brighton and Cumbria for over 18 years. In 2000 she completed an MA in creative writing at the University of East Anglia, leaving with a distinction.

Isanna has worked extensively with writers, editors, printers and educators. She’s judgded competitions and worked with publishing organisations and universities as an editor and consultant. In her role as creative writing tutor, Isanna has printed 6 anthologies of student's work, published a community-led children’s book and set up local competitions, a literary festival and a number of creative writing groups.

I am most proud of the creative writing groups. Seeing writers develop in confidence and skill is rewarding. It’s fantastic to teach and watch as work evolves, strengthens in quality and sometimes reaches publication.

Isanna’s first series of classes took place in Brighton where she established evening and weekend workshops in collaboration with published writers. After moving to Cumbria, Isanna hosted memoir sessions for the Maryport Literary Festival. An anthology of memoirs was published and presented at the festival.

Wigton has been host to a long-running creative writing group which published two anthologies and ran a small literary festival.

A writer thrives from contact with other writers and professionals. Creating fiction isn’t always easy, therefore encouragement and feedback are genuinely essential to an author. 

Isanna now lives in France and runs online classes because she misses working as a tutor too much to stop now!


Isanna taught me to feel the world as a writer. Gently, sincerely, she helped me take the pictures from my mind and set them onto paper. To tell my story. To become an author.

Angela King.

Isanna’s course is good fun to do. There are lots of visuals which are great as writing prompts. I sometimes find it hard to get going, but with the help of all the additional material and the guided exercises, it was easy. Plus, I’ve learnt a lot more than I imagined I would.

Mark Hadlow – Brighton

I’d been writing for a little while and felt I could do with learning a little more about certain things like point of view. This course gave me insight into that and more. I’d recommend the intermediate courses.

Louise Wright