From Our Students Posts

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 Online Writing for Children 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, and […]

27 September 2016

Starting to Write Your Novel: a student’s experience

by Chandra G From Our Students, Guest Blog, Opinion, Our Courses

Chandra G (above) was a student on our very first Starting to Write Your Novel course last year – and was one of the students selected at the end for a free tutorial with one of the Curtis Brown and C&W literary-agent team. Here, in a piece taken from the Medium writing community blog, he […]

02 September 2016

The Online Writing For Children Course: how it helped me

by Ann Marie Howell From Our Students, Guest Blog, Our Courses, Student Successes

Ann Marie Howell joined our Online Writing For Children course in Autumn 2015. Here she tells us how our creative writing courses helped her to finish her novel and find an agent: I had been working on a children’s book for a few months, but something still wasn’t quite right. The plot? Clunky dialogue? I wasn’t […]

19 August 2016

The CBC Writing for Children course – a review

by Ian Brooks From Our Students, Guest Blog, Our Courses

Ian Brooks (above) studied with tutor Catherine Johnson and 14 other students on our Online Writing for Children course at the beginning of last year. Here, in a piece we’ve borrowed from Ian’s own blog, he tells us about his time on our creative writing courses. In December 2014, I saw an advertisement for an […]

05 July 2016

Why study online? Let our students answer that…

by Eli Keren From Our Students, Opinion, Our Courses

Back in autumn 2013, we widened the reach of our creative writing courses by moving into the virtual realm and offering our first online novel-writing course. And since those courses began, seven of our online students have gone on to get book deals – David Barbaree, Catherine Bennetto, Alice Clark-Platts, Lisa Duffy, Jane Harper, Hannah McKinnon […]

19 May 2016

Great new writing from our Starting to Write Your Novel course #2

by Eli Keren From Our Students, Our Courses

The final week of the Starting to Write Your Novel online test course is fast approaching. We’ve seen a steady transition over the past few weeks: at the beginning, my fellow diligent testers on this newest of CBC’s creative writing courses were reporting faults as they found them, giving us feedback on site navigation and completing their […]

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