WebAlmost a year ago, Kobo Writing Life and Curtis Brown Creative, the UK-based writing school run by London’s leading literary agency, launched the Kobo Writing Life Scholarship, choosing one talented writer to receive a full scholarship to each of the CBC’s on-location courses.

Our first scholar was Callum Church, and our second was Antoinette di Michelle, both attending sessions of the Curtis Brown Creative Three-Month Novel-Writing Course over the past year.

Kobo Writing Life and Curtis Brown Creative are now happy to announce the third KWL Scholarship winner and the first for the upcoming Six-Month Novel-Writing Course, starting in February: Kalbinder Dayal. Ms. Dayal is working on a novel called MidLands – which follows three second-generation siblings of an Asian family coming to terms with ‘belonging’ in the UK and the implications of breaking with tradition.

“We were extremely impressed by the opening of her novel, which was submitted with her application,” said Rufus Purdy, Editor, New Writing with Curtis Brown Creative.  “We felt Kalbinder was the most exciting voice amongst the many applications for the scholarship place, and both we – and she – are thrilled she’ll be on the course.”

Congratulations to Kalbinder Dayal for winning the scholarship with a strong story with great promise, and we look forward to seeing the finished novel soon!

And a reminder to all London-local authors: applications for the May session of the Three-Month Novel-Writing course are now open! The course is eligible for the KWL Scholarship, too!

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