20 April 2018

Why authors should be using social media

by Rae DelBianco Guest Blog, Novels by CBC Alumni, Opinion

Rae DelBianco was a student on our London novel-writing course in 2015 – in fact she came over from the US for six months specifically to study on our course! Her much anticipated debut Rough Animals is out from Arcade publishing on June 5th, and has already been compared to the likes of Cormac McCarthy. Rae grew up in Bucks […]

19 April 2018

Jessica Jarlvi: ‘you only need one agent to believe in you’

by Katie Smart Author Interviews, From Our Students, Novels by CBC Alumni, Student Successes

Jessica Jarlvi completed our online six month novel writing course back in 2016. After this Jessica became one of the 2016 winners of the Montegrappa Prize for First Fiction, and shortly after she signed a book deal with Head of Zeus imprint Aria.  Her debut novel, the psychological thriller When I Wake Up is available now in paperback. Her second […]

17 April 2018

How to tackle tough subjects in YA fiction

by Eve Ainsworth Author Interviews, Guest Blog, Opinion, Writing Tips

Eve Ainsworth is the acclaimed author of four YA novels, and is represented by Curtis Brown agent, Stephanie Thwaites. Before she became a published author, Eve worked in a large secondary school supporting pupils with their emotional and behavioural issues. Now she’s taken this interest forward into her fiction, which tackles real-life teen issues. Her latest novel, Tender, explores mental […]

12 April 2018

Our 41st student to get a publishing deal: ‘Never give up no matter how hard it gets’

by Katie Smart Author Interviews, From Our Students, Student Successes

We’re SO happy to be able to say that Lesley Sanderson is now our 41st student to get a commercial publishing deal! (The very lovely) Lesley was a student on our London-based Six-Month Novel-Writing Course back in 2015. She’s just signed a contract with Bookouture for her psychological thriller, The Dorset Girls, plus one further […]

06 April 2018

How not to write a children’s book

by Chris Smith Guest Blog, Writing Tips

Greg James and Chris Smith are the creative minds behind the best-selling Kid Normal children’s books. The duo are represented by Curtis Brown’s very own Stephanie Thwaites.  With the second Kid Normal book, Kid Normal and the Rogue Heroes new out (March 2018), Chris Smith is here to offer some advice on how NOT to write a children’s book: […]

05 April 2018

Sheila Crowley: ‘We have no business without authors’

by Katie Smart From the Agents

Curtis Brown agent Sheila Crowley represents a brilliant list of clients, including the likes of Jojo Moyes, Clare Mackintosh and Santa Montefiore. She was recently shortlisted for Literary Agent of The Year at The British Book Awards. She’s incredibly passionate about the authors she represents, and here she offers some of her insights on new publishing trends, and the ‘bumps in the road’ […]

05 April 2018

Celebrating forty book deals from our students

by Katie Smart Our Courses, Student Successes

Curtis Brown Creative have been running novel writing courses online and in London for almost seven years now, and it’s incredibly important to us that we continue to discover and nurture fresh new voices. This week we got the news that we’d reached a rather exciting milestone – 40 of our students have gone on to get […]

04 April 2018

Meet the 40th CBC student to get a publishing deal: Greg Chivers

by Katie Smart Author Interviews, From Our Students, Student Successes

We’re thrilled to introduce Greg Chivers, who has just become the 40th former Curtis Brown Creative student to get a book deal! He’s signed with Voyager, the science fiction imprint of HarperCollins. We caught up with Greg to talk about his novel The Crying Machine and how he spent his time getting it ready for publication after completing […]

29 March 2018

What the literary agents are reading this rainy Easter

by Katie Smart From the Agents

The UK weather for this Easter bank holiday is not looking great – but there’s nothing like a good novel to brighten up a rainy Easter weekend. We asked the literary agents from Curtis Brown and C+W  to tell us what books they’ll be curling up with whilst munching their chocolate eggs and hot cross buns, and […]

29 March 2018

Finding your trusted readers: What you can get from a CBC course

by Katie Smart From Our Students, Our Courses, Student Successes

Andrea Barton took one of our online Creative Writing Courses, along with fellow course mates, Sarah Linhart and Sarah Hawthorn, with whom she has formed a lasting ‘Pen Pals Writing Group’. Recently they caught up to discuss their experiences studying with CBC … Andrea Barton: I was stuck. I’d written several complete manuscripts but agents had showed […]

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