21 September 2017

Reviewing the first draft: how to read your own novel

by Anna Davis From the Agents, Our Courses, Writing Tips

In the excitement of typing ‘The End’ on your completed first draft, you could be forgiven for thinking you’re all set to start sending your work out to literary agents. But I would always recommend you go the extra mile (or indeed the many extra miles) to polish your novel to a brilliant shine and […]

21 September 2017

Former CBC student Jane Harper in The Sydney Morning Herald

by Rufus Purdy Student Successes

Huge congratulations to our former online novel-writing course student Jane Harper (above, with the CBC team), who we’ve just heard has passed the 100,000 paperback sales mark in the UK for her debut novel The Dry. Jane, who studied with us back in 2014, came up with the idea for the bestselling crime thriller – […]

15 September 2017

How to make your YA or children’s fiction submission stand out

by Jack Hadley From the Agents

The children’s writing and YA market is a particularly tough one, with trends often hard to spot and audiences shifting regularly. Someone who knows a bit about how to make a submission stand out in this crowded market is Isobel Gahan, who now assists children’s fiction agent Stephanie Thwaites at Curtis Brown.  Recently joining us after […]

07 September 2017

Are booktubers the future of reviewing?

by Jack Hadley Opinion

There was an interesting piece in The Times last week discussing the recent and intriguing phenomenon of the so called ‘booktubers’. It is, unfortunately, behind a paywall, so unless you’re a subscriber you won’t be able to access it. To summarise – it profiles a few prominent video bloggers whose focus is not on delivering make-up tips, or lengthy […]

07 September 2017

Michelle Kenney: How I signed a three book deal

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

Michelle Kenney (@MKenneyPR) was on our online Writing YA and Children’s Fiction course in 2015, and this year signed a three book deal with HQ Digital for her Book of Fire trilogy. We talked to Michelle about her approach to world-building, and how she’s kept in touch with her fellow Curtis Brown Creative students since her course finished […]

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