Student Successes Posts

21 September 2017

Former CBC student Jane Harper in The Sydney Morning Herald

by Rufus Purdy Student Successes

Huge congratulations to our former online novel-writing course student 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 – […]

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 our online Writing YA and Children’s Fiction course 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 Curtis Brown Creative students since her course finished […]

10 August 2017

Do creative writing courses help in getting published?

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

Laura Marshall, who studied on our Three-Month Novel-Writing Course in London 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 […]

27 July 2017

Romantic fiction novel Maggie’s Kitchen by Caroline Beecham is published today

by Rufus Purdy Student Successes

Congratulations to our former student Caroline Beecham, whose debut romantic fiction novel Maggie’s Kitchen is published in the UK today by Ebury Press. Caroline – who was on our online novel-writing course in 2015 – shares her publication day with another former Curtis Brown Creative student: Laura Marshall, whose debut Friend Request also hits the […]

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 […]

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