16 October 2019

Dawn Goodwin, author

Create believable psychological thriller characters

by Dawn Goodwin From Our Students, Writing Tips

Dawn Goodwin studied on our very first online novel-writing course in 2013 – alongside fellow novelists Alice Clark-Platts and Catherine Bennetto. Her debut novel The Accident, a gripping psychological thriller, was published in 2017 by Head of Zeus imprint Aria. She followed this with a second thriller The Pupil. Her latest novel Best Friends Forever is out now! Here Dawn shares her method for creating believable characters in thrillers, and explains why even […]

10 October 2019

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Announcing the winner of the inaugural Curtis Brown First Novel Prize

by Curtis Brown 120 Curtis Brown 120, Events

We are thrilled to announce that the winner of the inaugural Curtis Brown First Novel Prize is Chikọdili Emelumadu. Of the more than 3,000 competition entries received from across the U.K. and Ireland, Emelumadu’s novel Dazzling was the absolute stand-out. She has won an offer of representation from Curtis Brown and £3,000. We were blown away by the […]

09 October 2019

Julietta Henderson

Julietta Henderson: ‘The one piece of advice that underpins every other – just keep on writing’

by Katie Smart Author Interviews, From Our Students

Julietta Henderson studied on our three-month online novel-writing course in 2013. She met her agent, C&W’s Sue Armstrong on one of our alumni summer schools and now she has a fantastic six-figure two-book deal with Transworld for her debut novel The Funny Thing About Norman Foreman. We caught up with Julietta to find our more about the […]

03 October 2019

Literary agent Sophie Lambert

#WriteCBC: Writing tip and task from Sophie Lambert

by Anna Davis Events, Writing Tips

It’s that time of the month again – here we are for October’s edition of #WriteCBC – and we’re thrilled to welcome the very fabulous Sophie Lambert of C&W – literary agent of many a marvellous author, including Costa-winning Nathan Filer, Booker-longlisted Guy Gunaratne, bestselling CBC alumna Jenny Quintana – and now former CBC student […]

03 October 2019

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Announcing the Curtis Brown First Novel Prize Shortlist

by Curtis Brown 120 Curtis Brown 120, Events

We are thrilled to announce the shortlist for the Curtis Brown First Novel Prize. We were awed by the quality of the over 3,000 entries to the Prize – we found ourselves arguing passionately as we narrowed down the longlist to the final 7 (one more than we had originally agreed, as we just couldn’t leave a single […]

03 October 2019

Curtis Brown Creative

We’re hiring an ECommerce Manager

by Anna Davis Events

We have an exciting opportunity for an ECommerce Manager to join us in a newly created position and play a key role in the expansion of our online business. You will take on the day-to-day running and relentless improvement of  the Curtis Brown Creative website – encompassing proposition, sales, optimisation and UX. Reporting to the […]

27 September 2019

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Announcing the Curtis Brown First Novel Prize Longlist

by Curtis Brown 120 Curtis Brown 120, Events, From the Agents

We are delighted to announce the longlist for the Curtis Brown First Novel Prize. We received 3,000 submissions from across the UK & Ireland. We were so impressed by the standard of the submissions; it was truly difficult to choose our longlist. After many weeks of reading, our judging team narrowed the longlist to these […]

26 September 2019

Jack Meggitt-Phillips, author

Jack Meggitt-Phillips: ‘I started The Beast and the Bethany because I wanted to have some fun writing again’

by Katie Smart Author Interviews, From Our Students

Jack Meggitt-Phillips was studying on our three-month novel-writing course in London this time last year. Now he is our 73rd student with a major publishing deal! Jack is author of The Beast and the Bethany, a middle-grade children’s book set to be published by Egmont in Autumn 2020.  We caught up with Jack to talk beasts, books and […]

24 September 2019

David O'Connell and Sarah McIntyreSarah McIntyre and David O'Connell, photo by Dave Warren

Creating a children’s picture book

by Sarah McIntyre and David OConnell Author Interviews, Writing Tips

We asked author-illustrators Sarah McIntyre and David O’Connell to share some of the secrets behind their approach to creating characters and worlds for a children’s picture book.

19 September 2019

Editing Your Novel

An editor’s guide to editing your novel

by Jennifer Kerslake Writing Tips

Editing is a fundamental part of the writing process, and yet so many authors find it intimidating and overwhelming. I admit, it lacks glamour. Who wants to go back over what they’ve written? To find gaps and holes and work out solutions and rewrite scenes that took a long time to write in the first […]

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