From Our Students Posts

18 January 2018

James Hall: ‘I just kept writing’

by Rufus Purdy Author Interviews, From Our Students, Novels by CBC Alumni, Student Successes

A couple of weeks ago, we blogged about James Hall and Maria Realf – our 36th and 37th students to get a book deal – both of whom studied on our Autumn 2012 novel-writing course in London. We caught up with Maria in this blog post, but now it’s the turn of James to tell […]

10 January 2018

How to finish your novel, by former CBC student Jenny Quintana

by Anna Davis From Our Students, Guest Blog, Novels by CBC Alumni, Opinion, Writing Tips

The latest CBC student to be published is Jenny Quintana. Jenny came to CBC’s six-month London-based novel-writing course to work on her debut novel, The Missing Girl, with support from tutor Erin Kelly and a lively student cohort which included fellow published author Caz Frear. Soon after the course finished, Jenny was signed up by […]

08 January 2018

Maria Realf: how my writing course led to a book deal

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

Maria Realf took our London-based novel-writing course back in 2012, and was in the same student cohort as bestselling YA author Lisa Williamson. Maria has had an interesting journey to publication. Her debut novel The One was first sold in Germany, where it became a bestseller. Now, with HarperCollins shortly to publish in the English language, we caught up […]

04 January 2018

Jeffrey Archer visits the Curtis Brown Creative Students

by Jack Hadley Events, From Our Students, Our Courses

We’re lucky to have some fantastic visiting speakers for our London-based courses, from top publishers and editors such as Mary Mount, and Louisa Joyner, to writers as diverse as William Boyd and Jess Kidd. Recently we were delighted to welcome back our regular guest Jeffrey Archer. He came in to speak to our three-month course, alongside his literary agent and […]

02 November 2017

What my free place on a CBC writing course meant to me

by Rufus Purdy From Our Students

At Curtis Brown Creative we always try our best to offer a free place on our course to a student of limited financial means. And though we’re unable to provide free writing courses, we’ve worked with outside benefactors (both individuals and companies) to offer a fully funded scholarship place whenever we can. The Yesterday Scholarship […]

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 one of our online children’s writing courses 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 creative writing courses students since her course finished in […]

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 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 […]

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 how to write suspense. Anna gives students […]

10 August 2017

Do writing courses help in getting published?

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

Laura Marshall, who studied on one of our London writing courses 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 […]

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