23 November 2017

Kirsty Capes wins The HW Fisher Scholarship

by Jack Hadley Our Courses

We’re delighted to announce that the latest HW Fisher scholarship, enabling one talented writer of limited financial means to study on the next of our London creative writing courses for free, has been awarded to Kirsty Capes for her novel-in-progress The Hatchling. The Hatchling is a dark, coming-of-age story about two streetwise girls in a […]

22 November 2017

What to submit to the new agents at Curtis Brown and C+W

by Jack Hadley From the Agents

You might think you already know who all the literary agents at Curtis Brown and C+W are, but as the students of our three- and six-month creative writing courses quickly discover, there’s another really important bunch of people you might not know about: the book assistants and new agents. Much of their work with writers happens behind […]

02 November 2017

Former CBC student Jane Harper wins CWA Gold Dagger award

by Rufus Purdy Novels by CBC Alumni, Student Successes

Huge congratulations to our former student Jane Harper (above, with the CBC team), who has just won the Crime Writers’ Association Gold Dagger prize for her debut novel The Dry. Jane, who studied on one of our online writing courses in Autumn 2014, and developed the book on the course along with her 14 coursemates […]

02 November 2017

What my free place on a CBC writing course meant to me

by Rufus Purdy From Our Students

At Curtis Brown Creative we always try our best to offer a free place on our course to a student of limited financial means. And though we’re unable to provide free writing courses, we’ve worked with outside benefactors (both individuals and companies) to offer a fully funded scholarship place whenever we can. The Yesterday Scholarship […]

25 October 2017

The scariest fictional characters

by Jack Hadley Opinion,

What better time than to celebrate our favourite scariest fictional characters? It’s almost Halloween: a time to revel in the ghoulish and the macabre. The obligatory Halloween reading list has become as essential to the holiday as cheap plastic witches’ hats and toothache. While we covered some of our favourite scary books last Halloween on […]

05 October 2017

Five authors who’ve taken our creative writing course in London

by Jack Hadley Novels by CBC Alumni, Student Successes

We’ve been running our London writing courses from our offices on the Haymarket since 2011, and it’s always quite something to look back and take stock of our student successes in recent years. From discovering new voices and honing talent to guiding authors through practical aspects of the industry, working with serious, hard-working writers is what […]

05 October 2017

Karolina Sutton: ‘I’m looking for offbeat books I can bring into the mainstream’

by Rufus Purdy From the Agents

A literary agent at Curtis Brown, Karolina Sutton (above) represents a wide range of novelists – from Margaret Atwood and Haruki Murakami to Emma Healey, Harriet Lane and former Curtis Brown Creative student Tim Glencross. She is a regular visitor to our courses and will be visiting students on our London writing courses on 9 […]

04 October 2017

Creative writing workshops: what you need to know

by Anna Davis Opinion, Our Courses, Writing Tips

Writing workshops have been at the heart of creative writing courses since the dawn of time itself – and are a major feature of our online writing courses and our London writing courses. For the benefit of the uninitiated, this is where writers get comment on extracts from their novels-in-progress (or indeed on short stories […]

28 September 2017

Five authors who took an online creative writing course

by Rufus Purdy Novels by CBC Alumni, Student Successes

Following the recent announcement that Heidi Perks, who studied on the very first of our online writing courses, has become our 35th former student to get a book deal, we thought it was time to shine a light on those published CBC alumni who – like Heidi – opted to study on the online version […]

28 September 2017

How I secured a book deal with Century for my second novel

by Jack Hadley Author Interviews, Student Successes

Heidi Perks took the very first of our online novel writing courses back in 2013, which was taught by CBC stalwart Christopher Wakling. It’s been an interesting journey for Heidi since since then, with her making the choice to self-publish her first book, Beneath the Surface. Last week it was announced that Heidi had been offered a healthy […]

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