From Our Students Posts

07 September 2017

Michelle Kenney: How I signed a three book deal

by Jack Hadley Author Interviews, From Our Students, Student Successes

Michelle Kenney (@MKenneyPR) was on our online Writing YA and Children’s Fiction course in 2015, and this year signed a three book deal with HQ Digital for her Book of Fire trilogy. We talked to Michelle about her approach to world-building, and how she’s kept in touch with her fellow Curtis Brown Creative students since her course finished […]

17 August 2017

How to write good characters – stories from our Starting to Write Your Novel course

by Jack Hadley From Our Students

It’s hard to overstate how important distinctive or relatable characters are to novels. Top agent and Curtis Brown joint-CEO Jonny Geller recently wrote on Twitter that ‘plot is key, but not at the expense of character. We’ll go anywhere with a full character, but question every move with a thin one.’ On our online Starting […]

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 […]

10 August 2017

How to write suspense – stories from our Write to the End of Your Novel course

by Jack Hadley From Our Students

During our six-week Write to the End of Your Novel course, the second of our three ‘foundation’ courses, Anna Davis sets a number of writing tasks which are designed to get students thinking about different elements of the writing process. In week four the topic in question is suspense. Anna gives students three prompts, and […]

10 August 2017

Do creative writing courses help in getting published?

by Laura Marshall From Our Students, Guest Blog, Opinion, Student Successes

Laura Marshall, who studied on our Three-Month Novel-Writing Course in London in 2015, has just had her debut novel Friend Request published by Little, Brown. Here, in a piece that originally appeared on her own author blog, she talks about how her time with CBC helped her, and asks whether such creative writing courses can […]

15 June 2017

Hannah McKinnon: how I found an agent and got a book deal

by Jack Hadley Author Interviews, From Our Students

Hannah McKinnon (@ MrsElectrilight) took part in our Six-Month Online Novel-Writing Course in 2014, before quickly securing representation then a publishing deal for her debut Time After Time. We caught up with Hannah (who lives in Canada) to find out a bit more about her journey from completing one of our creative writing courses to the publication […]

02 May 2017

Laura Marshall: how I got my literary agent

by Jack Hadley From Our Students, Guest Blog

What can an aspiring author do to get a literary agent? Laura Marshall, who took one of our London-based creative writing courses in 2015, explains how she managed to attract the attention of Curtis Brown agent Felicity Blunt, which led to her securing a six-figure advance from Little, Brown last year. To read this post […]

04 April 2017

‘Our writing group is closer now than ever’

by Ella Dove From Our Students

Many of the students who’ve studied with us on our creative writing courses have gone on to form close relationships – continuing to work together long after their course has ended. Few groups, though, are as close as our Spring 2015 intake. Former student Ella Dove (above) explains… Nearly three years ago, in summer 2015, […]

01 March 2017

Stories from our students

by Jack Hadley From Our Students

For those on our creative writing courses, writing prompts can be a great way to get students’ creative juices flowing. In week three of our online Starting to Write Your Novel course, tutor Anna Davis gives students a ‘line of action’ and asks them to build a story around it. The prompt is: ‘A woman is […]

23 January 2017

Online Writing for Children course with Catherine Johnson – a review

by Stuart White From Our Students, Guest Blog

It’s always great to see groups of ex-students from our creative writing courses keeping in touch, and continuing to work together. One group, who took our Writing YA and Children’s Fiction course in 2015 now run a collective blog together. They’re called The Scribblers, and their blog is full of useful tips and ideas on novel-writing, […]

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