Student Successes Posts

15 February 2018

Jane Harper’s Force of Nature is a bestseller

by Jack Hadley Opinion, Student Successes

We’ve been thrilled this week to see Jane Harper’s second novel, Force Of Nature, enter the Sunday Times Bestseller list at number 7, following on from the success of her first novel The Dry. Jane started out by taking a CBC creative writing course in 2014, and soon after secured representation at CB Australia, with Alice Lutyens at Curtis […]

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 […]

13 January 2018

A tutor’s story: When you’re told your creative writing student has a book deal

by Anna Davis Guest Blog, Our Courses, Student Successes,

Christopher Wakling has taught many creative writing courses  for CBC, both in London and online. A quick bit of adding up shows that Chris has been the tutor of more of our published alumni than anyone else on the team – including Kate Hamer, Nicholas Searle, Lisa Williamson, SD Sykes, Catherine Bennetto – and most recently Maria Realf and James Hall. […]

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 […]

22 December 2017

The number of former CBC students to be published rises to 37

by Rufus Purdy Student Successes

It’s always thrilling when we hear that former students of ours have achieved their goal and had their novels picked up by publishers. So imagine our excitement last week when we heard that two people who’ve taken our creative writing courses (took the same course, in fact) have landed a book deal. Step forward James […]

02 November 2017

Former CBC student Jane Harper wins CWA Gold Dagger award

by Rufus Purdy Novels by CBC Alumni, Student Successes

Huge congratulations to our former student Jane Harper (above, with the CBC team), who has just won the Crime Writers’ Association Gold Dagger prize for her debut novel The Dry. Jane, who studied on one of our online writing courses in Autumn 2014, and developed the book on the course along with her 14 coursemates […]

05 October 2017

Five authors who’ve taken our creative writing course in London

by Jack Hadley Novels by CBC Alumni, Student Successes

We’ve been running our London writing courses from our offices on the Haymarket since 2011, and it’s always quite something to look back and take stock of our student successes in recent years. From discovering new voices and honing talent to guiding authors through practical aspects of the industry, working with serious, hard-working writers is what […]

28 September 2017

Five authors who took an online creative writing course

by Rufus Purdy Novels by CBC Alumni, Student Successes

Following the recent announcement that Heidi Perks, who studied on the very first of our online writing courses, has become our 35th former student to get a book deal, we thought it was time to shine a light on those published CBC alumni who – like Heidi – opted to study on the online version […]

28 September 2017

How I secured a book deal with Century for my second novel

by Jack Hadley Author Interviews, Student Successes

Heidi Perks took the very first of our online writing courses back in 2013, which was taught by CBC stalwart Christopher Wakling. It’s been an interesting journey for Heidi since since then, with her making the choice to self-publish her first book, Beneath the Surface. Last week it was announced that Heidi had been offered a healthy preempt […]

21 September 2017

Former CBC student Jane Harper in The Sydney Morning Herald

by Rufus Purdy Student Successes

Huge congratulations to former student from our online writing courses Jane Harper (above, with the CBC team), who we’ve just heard has passed the 100,000 paperback sales mark in the UK for her debut novel The Dry. Jane, who studied with us back in 2014, came up with the idea for the bestselling crime thriller […]

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