Novels by CBC Alumni Posts

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

17 August 2017

Crowdfunding a novel: one student’s route to publication

by Kate Bulpitt From Our Students, Novels by CBC Alumni

Six years ago, I met a group of people who would change my life (this is somewhat soppy, but true). I was part of the second of Curtis Brown Creative’s London writing courses, back in 2011. One Thursday evening, the 15 of us began to gather in the reception at Curtis Brown, forming a gradually […]

13 July 2017

Former student’s YA debut to be published in August

by Rufus Purdy Novels by CBC Alumni, Student Successes

Huge congratulations to Michelle Kenney (above) – our 33rd student to get a book deal – whose debut YA novel Book of Fire is to be published by HarperCollins imprint HQ Digital on 25 August. Michelle studied on one of our children’s writing courses in Autumn 2015, and developed the novel in a series of […]

12 June 2017

Former student Jessica Jarlvi to publish debut novel

by Rufus Purdy Novels by CBC Alumni, Student Successes

It’s been an exciting few months for Swedish author Jessica Jarlvi (above), who studied on one of our online writing courses back in 2015. After being one of the winners of the Montegrappa Prize for First Fiction – awarded to unpublished novelists – in 2016, she then signed a deal with Head of Zeus imprint […]

08 May 2017

Author and former Curtis Brown Creative student David Barbaree on research

by Rufus Purdy Novels by CBC Alumni, Student Successes

A student on one of our online writing courses back in 2014, David Barbaree (above) has just had his debut novel Deposed – an epic thriller set in the time of Emperor Nero – published by Bonnier Zaffre imprint Twenty7. Here, in a piece from the What Cathy Read Next blog, David talks about how […]

03 April 2017

Interview with award-winning author and former student Kate Hamer

by Rufus Purdy Author Interviews, Novels by CBC Alumni, Student Successes

Our creative writing courses have been featured on the influential book-industry blog BookMachine quite regularly of late. In this post from last week, Norah Myers interviews our former student and author of The Girl in the Red Coat and The Doll Funeral Kate Hamer. What motivated you to take a Curtis Brown Creative course in […]

12 January 2017

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

by Jack Hadley Novels by CBC Alumni

When we first began running online creative writing courses as well as in our London offices 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 […]

11 January 2017

The Dry by former CBC student Jane Harper arrives in the UK

by Jack Hadley Novels by CBC Alumni, Student Successes

We’re delighted to announce that Jane Harper’s first novel The Dry, which she worked on while taking one of our online writing courses 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 […]

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