25 March 2020

Tim Adler, author

Tim Adler: ‘The great thing about being a novelist is that it’s a form of self-therapy’

by Katie Smart Author Interviews, From Our Students

Tim Adler worked on his crime thriller Dead Already with us on our London-based novel-writing course. Dead Already is set to be published this June by the independent crime and horror publishing house Caffeine Nights. We found out more about Tim’s time on the course and his approach to crime writing … You were a […]

24 March 2020

Writing from Home

Start writing while you’re stuck at home

by Anna Davis Events, Writing Tips

Well, who’d have thought even a few weeks ago that so many of us in the world would now be restricted to our homes for potentially quite a long time? These are undoubtedly very challenging times for all of us – and for some much more so. But for many of us, this could be […]

23 March 2020

Clare Pooley, author

When your debut novel launches in a pandemic

by Clare Pooley From Our Students

Clare Pooley took our three-month novel-writing course in London in 2018, where she worked on her debut novel The Authenticity Project with tutor Charlotte Mendelson. Within months of finishing the course, she gained representation and a major book deal for her debut novel, which was sold to Transworld in the UK and Penguin Random House in the […]

18 March 2020

Books to keep you company in self-isolation

by Katie Smart From the Agents

It’s important that we all take care of ourselves in this time of self-isolation. What better way to keep your spirits up than to read, read, read … From much needed comedy to comforting classics, sweeping fantasy and the latest must-reads, these recommendations from the literary agent teams at Curtis Brown and C&W will provide […]

16 March 2020

Cecilia Lyra, author

Cecilia Lyra: ‘The two main ingredients are: a strong voice and a high-stakes central conflict’

by Katie Smart Author Interviews, From Our Students, Writing Tips

Cecilia Lyra took our online novel-writing course with Lisa O’Donnell in 2014. Now Cecilia has a two-book deal with Bookouture. Her debut novel The Sunset Sisters has already been a number one bestseller in Germany and we’re excited for it to be published in the UK. As well as being an author Cecilia is a […]

11 March 2020

Loraine Peck

Loraine Peck: ‘It amazes me daily that I’m a writer now’

by Katie Smart Author Interviews, From Our Students, Writing Tips

Loraine Peck developed her debut crime novel on our online novel-writing course, and subsequently secured representation with Curtis Brown’s Alice Lutyens and Curtis Brown Australia’s Pippa Masson. Loraine now has an exciting two-book deal with Australian publishing house Text – The Second Son will be published in February 2021. We caught up with Loraine to […]

09 March 2020

Eleni Kyriacou, author of She Came to Stay

Five things I’ve learnt from my writing groups

by Eleni Kyriacou From Our Students, Writing Tips

Eleni Kyriacou worked on her debut novel She Came To Stay on one of our three-month novel-writing courses in London. Set among the glittering, grimy streets of Soho during the Great Smog of 1952, it’s a compelling tale of friendship, rivalry and lies. During the ten years she’s been writing fiction, Eleni’s been a member […]

05 March 2020

Kerry Hudson: ‘I am interested in why the world around me is how it is’

by Kerry Hudson Author Interviews

Kerry Hudson is the critically acclaimed author of two novels, Tony Hogan Bought Me an Ice-cream Float Before He Stole My Ma and Thirst. Last year saw the publication of her powerful memoir Lowborn, in which she returned to the towns of her childhood and investigated her own past and what it means to be […]

05 March 2020

Stephanie Thwaites, literary agent

#WriteCBC Tip and Task from Stephanie Thwaites

by Anna Davis Events, Writing Tips

It’s that time again! Are you ready and primed for another edition of #WriteCBC, our Twitter writing competition? Our March special guest is the fabulous Curtis Brown literary agent Stephanie Thwaites – and we are most delighted to have her on board. Stephanie has been a friend and supporter of Curtis Brown Creative for a […]

05 March 2020

Adam Simcox, author

Adam Simcox: ‘feedback is a huge part of writing and publishing a novel’

by Katie Smart Author Interviews, From Our Students

Adam Simcox is our 81st former student with a publishing deal. He has an exciting three-book deal for his supernatural crime series from Gollancz. Adam is also one half of our first-ever published alumni married couple! His wife Kirsty Eyre’s debut novel Cow Girl is set to be published by HarperCollins later this year. They […]

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