03 October 2019

Literary agent Sophie Lambert

#WriteCBC: Writing tip and task from Sophie Lambert

by Anna Davis Events, Writing Tips

It’s that time of the month again – here we are for October’s edition of #WriteCBC – and we’re thrilled to welcome the very fabulous Sophie Lambert of C&W – literary agent of many a marvellous author, including Costa-winning Nathan Filer, Booker-longlisted Guy Gunaratne, bestselling CBC alumna Jenny Quintana – and now former CBC student […]

03 October 2019

Announcing the Curtis Brown First Novel Prize Shortlist

by Curtis Brown 120 Curtis Brown 120, Events

We are thrilled to announce the shortlist for the Curtis Brown First Novel Prize. We were awed by the quality of the over 3,000 entries to the Prize – we found ourselves arguing passionately as we narrowed down the longlist to the final 7 (one more than we had originally agreed, as we just couldn’t leave a single […]

03 October 2019

Curtis Brown Creative

We’re hiring an ECommerce Manager

by Anna Davis Events

We have an exciting opportunity for an ECommerce Manager to join us in a newly created position and play a key role in the expansion of our online business. You will take on the day-to-day running and relentless improvement of  the Curtis Brown Creative website – encompassing proposition, sales, optimisation and UX. Reporting to the […]

27 September 2019

Announcing the Curtis Brown First Novel Prize Longlist

by Curtis Brown 120 Curtis Brown 120, Events, From the Agents

We are delighted to announce the longlist for the Curtis Brown First Novel Prize. We received 3,000 submissions from across the UK & Ireland. We were so impressed by the standard of the submissions; it was truly difficult to choose our longlist. After many weeks of reading, our judging team narrowed the longlist to these […]

26 September 2019

Jack Meggitt-Phillips, author

Jack Meggitt-Phillips: ‘I started The Beast and the Bethany because I wanted to have some fun writing again’

by Katie Smart Author Interviews, From Our Students

Jack Meggitt-Phillips was studying on our three-month novel-writing course in London this time last year. Now he is our 73rd student with a major publishing deal! Jack is author of The Beast and the Bethany, a middle-grade children’s book set to be published by Egmont in Autumn 2020.  We caught up with Jack to talk beasts, books and […]

24 September 2019

David O'Connell and Sarah McIntyreSarah McIntyre and David O'Connell, photo by Dave Warren

Creating a children’s picture book

by Sarah McIntyre and David OConnell Author Interviews, Writing Tips

We asked author-illustrators Sarah McIntyre and David O’Connell to share some of the secrets behind their approach to creating characters and worlds for a children’s picture book.

19 September 2019

Editing Your Novel

An editor’s guide to editing your novel

by Jennifer Kerslake Writing Tips

Editing is a fundamental part of the writing process, and yet so many authors find it intimidating and overwhelming. I admit, it lacks glamour. Who wants to go back over what they’ve written? To find gaps and holes and work out solutions and rewrite scenes that took a long time to write in the first […]

12 September 2019

Janet Ellis, author

Janet Ellis: ‘My writing is very character driven and the stories start when I hear voices’

by Katie Smart Author Interviews, From Our Students

Janet Ellis was our 16th former student to secure a book deal. After taking our three-month course in London in 2014 she was signed by Curtis Brown literary agent Gordon Wise. Her debut historical novel The Butcher’s Hook was published by Two Roads in 2016. Her second novel How It Was was released this August. We caught up with Janet […]

05 September 2019

Cynan Jones, author

#WriteCBC: Writing tip and writing task from Cynan Jones

by Anna Davis Events, Writing Tips

It’s September, and #WriteCBC is back! Yes, it’s the return of our monthly Twitter writing competition after our summer break, and this month’s splendid guest is Cynan Jones, author of five novels including The Dig, The Long Dry and Everything I Found on the Beach. He has won a Betty Trask Award and the BBC National […]

04 September 2019

Jennifer Kerslake: ‘Keep moving forward and keep writing’

by Jennifer Kerslake Writing Tips

Hello! I’m delighted to be writing my first blog post for Curtis Brown Creative after joining as senior manager for courses and operations. Despite a few technical difficulties, including one tense moment on my first day when I crashed the website (only for a couple of minutes, but obviously not ideal – thank you team […]

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