18 January 2018

James Hall: ‘I just kept writing’

by Rufus Purdy Author Interviews, From Our Students, Novels by CBC Alumni, Student Successes

A couple of weeks ago, we blogged about James Hall and Maria Realf – our 36th and 37th students to get a book deal – both of whom studied on our Autumn 2012 novel-writing course in London. We caught up with Maria in this blog post, but now it’s the turn of James to tell […]

13 January 2018

A tutor’s story: When you’re told your creative writing student has a book deal

by Anna Davis Guest Blog, Our Courses, Student Successes,

Christopher Wakling has taught many creative writing courses  for CBC, both in London and online. A quick bit of adding up shows that Chris has been the tutor of more of our published alumni than anyone else on the team – including Kate Hamer, Nicholas Searle, Lisa Williamson, SD Sykes, Catherine Bennetto – and most recently Maria Realf and James Hall. […]

12 January 2018

Introducing the winner of the Scrivener Scholarship

by Jack Hadley Our Courses

At Curtis Brown Creative we are committed to offering students of limited financial means the chance to get a place on one of our creative writing courses. Often our funded places will come from incredibly generous author-clients, like Felicia Yap’s Yesterday Scholarship from last year. We also get fantastic support from a number of businesses, including the […]

10 January 2018

How to finish your novel, by former CBC student Jenny Quintana

by Anna Davis From Our Students, Guest Blog, Novels by CBC Alumni, Opinion, Writing Tips

The latest CBC student to be published is Jenny Quintana. Jenny came to CBC’s six-month London-based novel-writing course to work on her debut novel, The Missing Girl, with support from tutor Erin Kelly and a lively student cohort which included fellow published author Caz Frear. Soon after the course finished, Jenny was signed up by […]

09 January 2018

Introducing the Yesterday Scholarship winner

by Anna Davis Our Courses

At CBC we’re thrilled to have a scholarship place provided for our Spring 2018 online novel-writing course by Felicia Yap, the bestselling author of Yesterday (who is herself a Curtis Brown client). “I set up the Yesterday Scholarship with the hope that it might make a difference to a talented writer who has struggled because of challenging […]

08 January 2018

CBC’s Twelve Days of Christmas literary quiz – the answers and the winner…

by Anna Davis

With the twelve days of Christmas now definitely over, and new year in full swing, here are the answers to our Christmas literary quiz … How many did you get right? Q 1:  Name the author of a classic dictionary of English slang Answer:  Eric Partridge Q2:  Sandra Bullock and Nicole Kidman starred in the […]

08 January 2018

Maria Realf: how my writing course led to a book deal

by Jack Hadley Author Interviews, From Our Students, Student Successes

Maria Realf took our London-based novel-writing course back in 2012, and was in the same student cohort as bestselling YA author Lisa Williamson. Maria has had an interesting journey to publication. Her debut novel The One was first sold in Germany, where it became a bestseller. Now, with HarperCollins shortly to publish in the English language, we caught up […]

04 January 2018

Jeffrey Archer visits the Curtis Brown Creative Students

by Jack Hadley Events, From Our Students, Our Courses

We’re lucky to have some fantastic visiting speakers for our London-based courses, from top publishers and editors such as Mary Mount, and Louisa Joyner, to writers as diverse as William Boyd and Jess Kidd. Recently we were delighted to welcome back our regular guest Jeffrey Archer. He came in to speak to our three-month course, alongside his literary agent and […]

29 December 2017

Ten tips for starting to write that novel in the new year

by Anna Davis From the Agents, Opinion, Writing Tips

Have you resolved to start writing a novel this new year? Have you been mulling over an idea for a book for years but failing to actually sit down and get it started? Or are you feeling the creative urge but struggling to make it take shape as a coherent story? January is a great time […]

22 December 2017

The number of former CBC students to be published rises to 37

by Rufus Purdy Student Successes

It’s always thrilling when we hear that former students of ours have achieved their goal and had their novels picked up by publishers. So imagine our excitement last week when we heard that two people who’ve taken our creative writing courses (took the same course, in fact) have landed a book deal. Step forward James […]

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