15 August 2019

Novels by Curtis Brown Creative alumni

Summer reads from the literary agents

by Katie Smart From the Agents

Barack Obama recently shared his summer reading recommendations which include the works of literary great Toni Morrison, Hilary Mantel’s 2009 Man Booker Prize winning novel Wolf Hall and Haruki Murkami’s short story collection Men Without Women … Here at CBC we can never have enough books on our to-be-read pile… So, this leads us to ask the […]

08 August 2019

Clare Milling, Jane Fallon Scholar

Introducing the Jane Fallon Scholarship winner

by Katie Smart Course News

We are thrilled to announce that Clare Milling has been awarded the Jane Fallon Scholarship. Clare will join our 6-month online novel-writing course, taught by Lisa O’Donnell, this September. We received over 140 applications, and competition was high! We are immensely grateful to everyone who applied and were overwhelmed by the quality of writing. We […]

01 August 2019

Theo Paphitis, Kirsty Eyre, Jilly Cooper, Helen Lederer and Laura StevenTheo Paphitis, Kirsty Eyre, Jilly Cooper, Helen Lederer and Laura Steven (photography by Steve Burton, Smartpicsuk)

Kirsty Eyre: ‘comedy writing is an art in itself’

by Katie Smart Author Interviews, From Our Students

Kirsty Eyre took our London-based 3-month novel-writing course in 2017. Cow Girl, the novel she was working on with us has gone on to win the inaugural Comedy Women in Print Unpublished Prize and a publishing contract with HarperCollins. Here Kirsty talks comedy, writing tips and finding her trusted readers … You were working on your debut […]

30 July 2019

Ali Loconte NL

Allie Reynolds: ‘Keep revising and re-submitting’

by Katie Smart Author Interviews, From Our Students

Allie Reynolds took all three of our 6-week online novel-writing courses. Her debut novel Shiver was scooped up by Headline in a 10-way book auction and has already sold in several territories – including to Penguin in the US and HarperCollins in Germany. We caught up with Allie to find out more about her experience studying with us, […]

25 July 2019

SD Sykes NL

SD Sykes: ‘Give your main characters room to grow …’

by SD Sykes From Our Students, Writing Tips

SD Sykes (Sarah) was a student on our three-month novel-writing course in London back in 2012. Since then, she’s written four books in the ‘Somershill’ historical crime series, set in the aftermath of the Black Death. Her fourth novel in the series, The Bone Fire is published by Hodder and Stoughton.  Here she shares 6 […]

24 July 2019

Cynan Jones, author

Cynan Jones: ‘Don’t write to be published’

by Katie Smart Author Interviews, Writing Tips

We’re so excited to share with you our brand new 6-week online course, Writing Short Stories, led by award-winning short story author Cynan Jones. Cynan Jones won the Betty Trask award for his novel The Long Dry and he won BBC National Short Story Award in 2017, for which he is on the 2019 judging panel (shortlist to be announced […]

22 July 2019

lucy morris cb120

Lucy Morris: ‘Learn everything about your main character’

by Curtis Brown 120 Curtis Brown 120, From the Agents, Writing Tips

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 Curtis Brown […]

16 July 2019

Jonny Geller, Curtis Brown 120

The life of a literary agent

by Jonny Geller 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 Curtis Brown Chairman and top literary agent Jonny Geller reveals what it is really like to be an agent … I’m often asked: what […]

15 July 2019

Catherine Cho, Curtis Brown 120

Catherine Cho: ‘Stories need to have rhythm and pacing’

by Curtis Brown 120 Curtis Brown 120, From the Agents, Writing Tips

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 Curtis Brown […]

11 July 2019

Sophie Jai NL

Meet Sophie Jai our 70th former student with a major book deal!

by Katie Smart Author Interviews, From Our Students

It was only 11 months ago that we announced our 50th book deal, but we are thrilled to announce that Sophie Jai is now our 70th former student to get a book deal! We’re so incredibly proud of all of our students, and here’s to 70 more … Sophie has just finished our 6-month novel-writing course in London, […]

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