13 January 2017

How to build suspense in your novel

by Anna Davis From the Agents, Opinion, Writing Tips

Lots of students join our creative writing courses to work on psychological suspense novels – one of the biggest-selling genres at the moment. We associate suspenseful writing with other genres too, particularly crime fiction, action thrillers, horror and supernatural novels. But actually lots of other sorts of novels make use of suspense: When a young girl, […]

12 January 2017

Novels to come out of Curtis Brown Creative: #11 The Dry by Jane Harper

by Jack Hadley

When we at Curtis Brown Creative first began running online creative-writing courses in 2013, there was always a hope and expectation it would give international writers who’d previously been unable to join our London courses the opportunity to work with us. So it’s hugely exciting for us to see Australian former student Jane Harper, who […]

11 January 2017

Hit Australian crime novel The Dry by ex-student Jane Harper arrives in the UK

by Jack Hadley Novels by CBC Alumni, Student Successes

Jane Harper’s first novel The Dry, which she worked on while taking our Six-month Online Novel-Writing Course in 2014, is being published by Little, Brown today (12 January). Centred around an investigation into a brutal family massacre in a small Australian farming community, the novel was released in Australia back in summer 2016 and has […]

10 January 2017

The Butcher’s Hook by former student Janet Ellis launches in the US

by Jack Hadley Novels by CBC Alumni

After taking Curtis Brown Creative’s three-month creative-writing course in our London offices back in 2014, former student Janet Ellis’ debut novel was published in the UK in February 2016 to widespread acclaim. Set in a vividly described Georgian London, Ellis’ debut The Butcher’s Hook centres around Anne Jacob, a smart and bored nineteen-year-old, who finds […]

05 January 2017

Q&A: John Williams, Crime Fiction Reviewer at the Mail on Sunday

by Jack Hadley Author Interviews, Opinion

For students on our creative-writing courses, the possibility of one day having their novels reviewed in a national newspaper or magazine is a thrilling prospect. We thought it would be useful to get to know a little more about the process behind book reviewing itself, so we got in touch with Mail on Sunday crime fiction […]

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