03 May 2018

Agent Sophie Lambert and author Fiona Cummins: “Stay true to your instincts”

by Jack Hadley Author Interviews, From the Agents, Writing Tips

Our London-based novel-writing courses all feature sessions where the literary agents from Curtis Brown and C+W come in as visiting speakers with their author-clients or leading publishers. These evening events give our students a great chance to find out about the reality of publishing and pick up some really good tips on writing and pitching. There’s […]

02 May 2018

Curious Arts Festival July 2018

by Katie Smart Events

Once again, we’re delighted to offer our CBC newsletter subscribers an exclusive special offer of 25% off the price of tickets for the Curious Arts Festival – the most boutique and bohemian literary and music festival that you’re likely to encounter this summer, founded and co-run by our lovely colleague Clare Conville from the C+W agency. It all takes place on […]

26 April 2018

Jonny Geller: ‘I want books that will change my world view’

by Anna Davis From the Agents, Writing Tips

Uber-Agent Jonny Geller has been a strong supporter of Curtis Brown Creative, since its conception, and has come in as a visiting speaker to more of our creative writing courses than anyone else.  Here he talks to us about how he got started as an agent, what he’s looking for now, and what makes him […]

26 April 2018

Using writing tasks and prompts to get through writer’s block

by Katie Smart From Our Students, Writing Tips

Students of our 6-week online courses: Starting to Write Your Novel and Write to the End of Your Novel with Curtis Brown Creative MD Anna Davis get lots of helpful tips and tricks geared towards writers stuck in at various points of their novel faced with the dreaded (yet infamously inevitable) writer’s block. Throughout the courses Anna sets a number […]

25 April 2018

‘Finish the book’: 42nd published CBC student on writing your novel

by Katie Smart Author Interviews, Student Successes, Writing Tips

We’ve just heard of yet another publishing deal for a former CBC student: Rachael Blok – who took our 3-month novel writing course in London back in 2016 – has just become the 42nd published CBC student, landing a two-book deal with Head of Zeus. Her debut novel Shadows of the Lake is set to launch in eBook this November […]

20 April 2018

Why authors should be using social media

by Rae DelBianco Guest Blog, Novels by CBC Alumni, Opinion

Rae DelBianco was a student on our London novel-writing course in 2015 – in fact she came over from the US for six months specifically to study on our course! Her much anticipated debut Rough Animals is out from Arcade publishing on June 5th, and has already been compared to the likes of Cormac McCarthy. Rae grew up in Bucks […]

19 April 2018

Jessica Jarlvi: ‘you only need one agent to believe in you’

by Katie Smart Author Interviews, From Our Students, Novels by CBC Alumni, Student Successes

Jessica Jarlvi completed our online six month novel writing course back in 2016. After this Jessica became one of the 2016 winners of the Montegrappa Prize for First Fiction, and shortly after she signed a book deal with Head of Zeus imprint Aria.  Her debut novel, the psychological thriller When I Wake Up is available now in paperback. Her second […]

17 April 2018

How to tackle tough subjects in YA fiction

by Eve Ainsworth Author Interviews, Guest Blog, Opinion, Writing Tips

Eve Ainsworth is the acclaimed author of four YA novels, and is represented by Curtis Brown agent, Stephanie Thwaites. Before she became a published author, Eve worked in a large secondary school supporting pupils with their emotional and behavioural issues. Now she’s taken this interest forward into her fiction, which tackles real-life teen issues. Her latest novel, Tender, explores mental […]

12 April 2018

Our 41st student to get a publishing deal: ‘Never give up no matter how hard it gets’

by Katie Smart Author Interviews, From Our Students, Student Successes

We’re SO happy to be able to say that Lesley Sanderson is now our 41st student to get a commercial publishing deal! (The very lovely) Lesley was a student on our London-based Six-Month Novel-Writing Course back in 2015. She’s just signed a contract with Bookouture for her psychological thriller, The Orchid Girls, plus one further novel. […]

06 April 2018

How not to write a children’s book

by Chris Smith Guest Blog, Writing Tips

Greg James and Chris Smith are the creative minds behind the best-selling Kid Normal children’s books. The duo are represented by Curtis Brown’s very own Stephanie Thwaites.  With the second Kid Normal book, Kid Normal and the Rogue Heroes new out (March 2018), Chris Smith is here to offer some advice on how NOT to write a children’s book: […]

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