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13 May 2021

Ciara Finan: ‘Clarity, conciseness and confidence. A pitch letter shouldn’t be long and rambling…’

by Katie Smart From the Agents, Writing Tips

Ciara Finan joined Curtis Brown in 2018 and currently assists top literary agent Jonny Geller. She is also currently accepting fiction submissions. We caught up with Ciara to find out more about what it is like working at a literary agency, what she enjoys reading and her advice for writers submitting to agents to the […]

06 May 2021

Anna Davis, Curtis Brown Creative's Managing Director

#WriteCBC tip and task from Anna Davis

by Anna Davis Events, Writing Tips

Welcome one and all to our Double Birthday #WriteCBC! Yep, Curtis Brown Creative is 10 years old today – and actually, #WriteCBC is 3 years old. The team will be convening in my garden later on to eat pizza and cake and raise a glass – and I have to say, it will be so […]

05 May 2021

Announcing the Discoveries Prize longlist

by Discoveries Discoveries, Events

We’re delighted to share the inaugural Discoveries Prize longlist. This list features 16 works-in-progress from unpublished women writers currently residing in the UK and Ireland. These 16 titles have been selected by the Chair of judges Kate Mosse and her judging panel: bestselling author Abi Daré, literary agent Lucy Morris, Curtis Brown Creative’s founder and Managing Director Anna Davis, […]

27 April 2021

Heather Darwent: ‘The edit is where the real magic happens’

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

Heather Darwent has studied on two of our online courses; our six-week Edit & Pitch Your Novel course and our selective three-month Writing Your Novel course. We were excited to hear the recent news of her book deal, her debut thriller The Things We Do to Our Friends is to be published by Viking in 2023. […]

22 April 2021

Simon Ings: ‘Readers are performers of our stories, and it’s our job to nudge them into dreaming the wildest dreams of which they are capable’

by Danni Georgiou Author Interviews, Writing Tips

Simon Ings is an author, editor and regular tutor of our online courses. He has written eight acclaimed books including The Weight of Numbers and Dead Water as well as the science fiction novels Hot Head and The Smoke. We’re thrilled that Simon is the co-tutor on our upcoming six-month online Writing Your Novel course (apply by 9 May). We […]

20 April 2021

Sue Divin: ‘Give yourself permission to fit your writing around what works for you’

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

Sue Divin was a student on our six-week online Edit & Pitch Your Novel course back in 2018. The novel she worked on during the course – Guard Your Heart – is out now from Macmillan. We caught up with Sue to find out more about her time on the course, her approach to writing […]

14 April 2021

#ChooseBookshops | New fiction from our novel-writing alumni

by Katie Smart From Our Students

In honour of bookshops re-opening their doors in England and Wales this week we’ve collated a selection of recently published must-read debuts by our talented former students. Whether you’re heading out to support your local bookshop or continuing to shop online don’t forget to add one of these page-turners to your basket! Tall Bones by […]

12 April 2021

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Claire Alexander: ‘Make a commitment to yourself to write every day’

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

Claire Alexander wrote her debut novel Meredith, Alone during our six-week online How to Write Your Novel course series (Starting to Write Your Novel, Write to the End of Your Novel and Edit & Pitch Your Novel). The book was recently pre-empted by Michael Joseph in a major six-figure deal and rights have also been […]

08 April 2021

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My path to publication | Christina Sweeney-Baird

by Christina Sweeney-Baird Author Interviews, Writing Tips

Christina Sweeney-Baird is an author and freelance journalist. She is represented by Curtis Brown literary agent Felicity Blunt. Her highly anticipated debut novel The End of Men is to be published by Borough Press 29 April 2021. The End of Men is a compelling dystopian novel, when a mysterious illness sweeps through a hospital at […]

06 April 2021

Damhnait Monaghan: ‘Keep polishing until your prose sparkles’

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

Damhnait Monaghan studied on our six-month online Writing Your Novel course back in 2014. Her debut novel New Girl in Little Cove is out now in Canada (HarperCollins) and will be published in the UK and US next month. We caught up with Damhnait to talk about the writing community she met on our course, […]

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