Student Successes Posts

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 […]

21 February 2017

BookMachine interview with Curtis Brown Creative editor Rufus Purdy

by Jack Hadley Our Courses, Student Successes

Our creative writing courses were highlighted by influential book-industry blog BookMachine this week, when our editor Rufus Purdy was interviewed by the site’s Norah Myers (@bookish_norah). Here, he tells her what sets CBC apart, and how 27 of our former students have gone on to get book deals. What was the inspiration behind starting Curtis […]

11 January 2017

Hit Australian crime novel The Dry by ex-student Jane Harper arrives in the UK

by Jack Hadley Novels by CBC Alumni, Student Successes

We’re delighted to announce that Jane Harper’s first novel The Dry, which she worked on while taking one of our online creative writing courses in 2014, is being published by Little, Brown today (12 January). Centred around an investigation into a brutal family massacre in a small Australian farming community, the novel was released in […]

01 January 2017

Curtis Brown Creative’s review of the year

by Rufus Purdy Events, Novels by CBC Alumni, Student Successes

Another year over; a new one just begun – John and Yoko could just as easily have been singing about creative writing courses as eliminating global conflict. And though we at Curtis Brown Creative had a wonderful 2016, we’re looking forward every bit as much to the new year. First, though, let’s look back to […]

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 […]

18 August 2016

Former Curtis Brown Creative student Jessie Burton to write her first book for children

by Rufus Purdy Events, Student Successes

A student on the very first of our creative writing courses in London back in 2011, author Jessie Burton has since gone on to become a household name. There’s barely a bedside table in Britain that doesn’t hold her bestselling debut The Miniaturist or her recently published follow-up The Muse. And with rights to the […]

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