Student Successes Posts

20 July 2017

Former Curtis Brown Creative student to publish psychological thriller

by Rufus Purdy Student Successes

Huge congratulations to our former student Dawn Goodwin, who has just become our 34th student to get a book deal. Dawn, who studied on our very first online novel-writing course in 2013 – along with fellow published novelists Alice Clark-Platts and Catherine Bennetto – will have her debut novel – psychological thriller The Accident – […]

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 […]

27 June 2017

Another former student gets a book deal

by Rufus Purdy Student Successes

Huge congratulations to author Jo Jakeman (above), who recently became the 32nd former Curtis Brown Creative student to get a book deal. Her debut novel, the psychological thriller Sticks and Stones, will be published by Harvill Secker in July 2018. Jo – who lives in Derbyshire – studied on our Online Six-Month Novel-Writing Course in […]

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 After being one of the winners of the Montegrappa Prize for First Fiction – awarded to unpublished novelists – in 2016, she then signed a deal with Head of Zeus imprint Aria, […]

01 June 2017

Lisa Duffy: ‘The creative writing course breathed new life into my work’

by Jack Hadley Author Interviews, Student Successes

Debut novelist Lisa Duffy took part in our online novel-writing course in 2015, writing a novel with the help of her tutor and 14 coursemates, before securing a publishing deal at Touchstone for her debut, The Salt House. Set in a coastal town in Maine, Lisa’s novel centres on the Kelly family, as they come […]

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 […]

23 March 2017

Former student longlisted for top short story prize

by Rufus Purdy Student Successes

Though we concentrate on the novel on our creative writing courses, we’re equally passionate about short stories. Our Autumn 2011 student group – including published authors Tim Glencross, Kate Hamer, James Hannah and Annabelle Thorpe – brought out their own short-story collection The Book of Unwritten Rules last year. And now we’ve just heard that […]

21 March 2017

Curtis Brown Creative: an award-winning author’s perspective

by Rufus Purdy Author Interviews, Student Successes

Our creative writing courses have once more been featured in influential book-industry blog BookMachine – this time in the form of an interview with our former student and bestselling author of The Dry Jane Harper (above). Here, she speaks to Norah Myers about her reasons for joining CBC, her advice for those thinking of applying […]

08 March 2017

Caz Frear becomes 30th ex-student to get a book deal

by Rufus Purdy Student Successes

You may have noticed on our homepage that the number of students going on to get book deals from our creative writing courses has just risen to 30. Equivalent to the number of two entire CBC student groups (we only take 15 students at a time on to our selective courses), this new figure is […]

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