Novels by CBC Alumni Posts

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 Curtis Brown Creative three-month novel-writing course, back in 2011. One Thursday evening, the 15 of us began to gather in the reception at Curtis Brown, forming a gradually widening […]

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 our online Writing YA and Children’s Fiction course in Autumn 2015, and developed the novel in a […]

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 our online creative 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 After being one of the winners of the Montegrappa Prize for First Fiction – awarded to unpublished novelists – in 2016, she then signed a deal with Head of Zeus imprint Aria, […]

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 our Online Six-Month Novel-Writing Course 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 he […]

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

Hit Australian crime novel The Dry by ex-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 creative 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 […]

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 one of the three-month creative writing courses 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 […]

01 January 2017

Curtis Brown Creative’s review of the year

by Rufus Purdy Events, Novels by CBC Alumni, Student Successes

Another year over; a new one just begun – John and Yoko could just as easily have been singing about creative writing courses as eliminating global conflict. And though we at Curtis Brown Creative had a wonderful 2016, we’re looking forward every bit as much to the new year. First, though, let’s look back to […]

15 July 2016

Author Q&A: David Barbaree

by Eli Keren Author Interviews, Novels by CBC Alumni, Student Successes

Joining the swelling ranks of published novelists to come out of our online creative writing courses is David Barbaree, who completed his course with us in April of this year (which is practically yesterday in the books world). David novel, The Deposed, which he worked on extensively over his 6-month novel-writing course, blends historical fiction with murder mystery. Former emperor Nero, having […]

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