26 June 2019

Heather Karpas and Zoe SandlerFrom Left: ICM literary agents Heather Karpas and Zoe Sandler

New York literary agents Heather Karpas & Zoe Sandler on quality writing and compelling stories

by Katie Smart From the Agents

We’ve joined forces with major US agency ICM Partners for a special 6-month online novel-writing course starting this September. ICM have been working with the Curtis Brown agency for over 10 years on the UK and translation rights representation of its stellar list of authors. Now we are hugely excited to have Heather Karpas and Zoe Sandler – both […]

24 June 2019

Lisa Babalis, Curtis Brown 120

Lisa Babalis: ‘We are looking for authenticity and passion’

by Curtis Brown 120 Curtis Brown 120, From the Agents

As part of our 120th birthday celebrations, Curtis Brown – in partnership with Curtis Brown Creative – have launched the Curtis Brown First Novel Prize! Our mission is to find the exciting new voices of the future. To enter all you need is a 10,000 word novel opening and a one-page synopsis (find out more here). The deadline for entering the […]

13 June 2019

Julia Armfield, author

Julia Armfield’s 6 top tips for writing short stories

by Julia Armfield From Our Students, Writing Tips

Julia Armfield studied on our second-ever London-based novel-writing course in 2011 – along with Kate Hamer, James Hannah, Annabelle Thorpe and Tim Glencross, to name just a few. Julia was the youngest on the course – and, at a mere 21, one of the youngest students we’ve had full-stop! Her mesmerising short story collection Salt Slow was recently published by Picador. Her debut novel will follow […]

13 June 2019

Cathy Rentzenbrink

Cathy Rentzenbrink: ‘Don’t try to sound like a writer – try to sound like yourself’

by Katie Smart Author Interviews, Writing Tips

We’re so excited to share with you our brand new 6-week online course, Writing a Memoir, led by bestselling memoirist Cathy Rentzenbrink. Cathy is the author of The Last Act of Love, which was a Sunday Times bestseller and was shortlisted for the Wellcome Prize. She followed it with A Manual for Heartache – and her next book, Dear Reader: The Comfort […]

10 June 2019

Cathryn Summerhayes, Curtis Brown Agent

Cathryn Summerhayes: ‘If you want to be a career writer you need to think like one’

by Curtis Brown 120 Curtis Brown 120, From the Agents

Welcome to the next in our series of Curtis Brown 120 blog posts, these blogs include exclusive interviews with authors, agents and publishers; writing tips; industry insights – and much more besides. This week we spoke to Curtis Brown’s very own Cathryn Summerhayes. Cathryn was recently crowned Literary Agent of the Year at the British Book Awards, a […]

07 June 2019

Elizabeth Bowen, author

Celebrating the literary works of Elizabeth Bowen

by Curtis Brown 120 Curtis Brown 120

Welcome to the next in our series of Curtis Brown 120 blog posts, these blogs include exclusive interviews with authors, agents and publishers; writing tips; industry insights – and much more besides. In this year of grace 2019, both the writer Elizabeth Bowen and the Curtis Brown Agency turn 120. We are celebrating this double birthday by […]

06 June 2019

Jane Fallon, author

#WriteCBC: Writing tip and writing task from Jane Fallon

by Anna Davis Events, Writing Tips

It’s time for our June edition of #WriteCBC – the monthly Twitter writing competition – and we are thrilled to welcome our very special guest, Jane Fallon! As well as being the author of nine top ten bestselling titles, including Getting Rid of Matthew and The Ugly Sister, Jane is generously providing a fully-funded scholarship place for […]

06 June 2019

Ella Berman, author

Ella Berman: ‘I always try to find the humour wherever I can’

by Katie Smart Author Interviews, From Our Students

Ella Berman studied novel-writing with us in London on a 3-month course in 2016. Now she’s our 63rd former student with a book deal! Her debut novel The Comeback will be published in the US by Berkley in 2020. We caught up with Ella to find out more about her time on the course and her […]

03 June 2019

Neema Shah, author

Neema Shah: ‘Write something you feel passionate about’

by Katie Smart Author Interviews, From Our Students

You can often find Neema Shah taking part in our monthly Twitter writing competition #WriteCBC (first Thursday of every month), last year she won one of the monthly challenges and was awarded a place on our Edit & Pitch Your Novel 6-week online course. Now she has a two book deal with Picador! Read on to […]

23 May 2019

HW Fisher team and Emma HardingFrom left: Andrew Subramaniam (HW Fisher), Emma Harding and Barry Kernon (HW Fisher)

Meet our latest HW Fisher Novel-Writing Scholar

by Katie Smart Events, From Our Students

We’re pleased to announce that Emma Harding has been awarded the HW Fisher Scholarship for her novel-in-progress When I Love You I am Sick. Emma has won a fully-funded place on our 3-month novel-writing course taught by Charlotte Mendelson in London. Emma is the seventh talented writer of limited financial means to study on one of our selective entry London-based creative […]

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