24 April 2019

Sarah McIntyre, author-illustrator

Sarah McIntyre on creativity, procrastination, and the making of Grumpycorn!

by Sarah McIntyre Writing Tips

Sarah Mcintyre discusses the themes of creativity and procrastination in her picture book, Grumpycorn, and offers tips on avoiding distractions when writing or illustrating!

18 April 2019


Lizzie Mary Cullen: ‘I’ve always loved storytelling through my illustration’

by Jack Hadley From Our Students

Lizzie Mary Cullen is a multi award-winning illustrator, speaker and artist based in London, as well as a member of the AOI (Association of Illustrators). Last year she took part in our inaugural online Writing and Illustrating a Picture Book course, written and presented by Sarah McIntyre and David O’Connell.  We interviewed Lizzie for the AOI website about the challenges […]

16 April 2019


Hannah O’Brien: ‘Be prepared to be part of a team’

by Curtis Brown 120 Curtis Brown 120

Welcome to the next in our series of Curtis Brown 120 blog posts, these blogs include exclusive interviews with authors, agents and publishers; writing tips; industry insights – and much more besides. Today the CB120 team talk to the wonderful Hannah O’Brien (@HannahGamon), the Marketing Director for HarperFiction and Avon (HarperCollins). Among other things, Hannah talks about her first […]

15 April 2019

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Tracy Chevalier: ‘Consistency is key’

by Curtis Brown 120 Author Interviews, Curtis Brown 120

Welcome to the next in our series of Curtis Brown 120 blog posts, these blogs include exclusive interviews with authors, agents and publishers; writing tips; industry insights – and much more besides. This week we are rather excited to be talking to Tracy Chevalier. Tracy is, of course, the bestselling author of the likes of Girl with a Pearl Earring, The […]

10 April 2019

Christina Pishiris, author

Christina Pishiris: ‘I didn’t realise how important it was to have regular feedback’

by Katie Smart Author Interviews, From Our Students

Christina Pishiris studied on our Autumn 2012 novel-writing course in London, alongside fellow published alumni Lisa Williamson (author of YA bestseller The Art of Being Normal), James Hall (The Industry of Happiness),  Maria Realf (The One) and Fiona Perrin (The Story After Us). Christina’s debut Love Song For Sceptics – the novel she worked on during the course – is set to be published […]

09 April 2019

Curtis Brown First Novel Prize

How to prepare a great submission to the Curtis Brown First Novel Prize

by Curtis Brown 120 Curtis Brown 120, Events

As part of its 120th birthday celebrations, Curtis Brown – in partnership with Curtis Brown Creative – has launched the inaugural Curtis Brown First Novel Prize, our mission to find the exciting new voices of the future. Tracy Chevalier, bestselling author of Girl with a Pearl Earring and A Single Thread, will chair the judging […]

04 April 2019

Lucy Morris, literary agent

#WriteCBC: Writing tip and writing task from Lucy Morris

by Anna Davis Events, From the Agents, Writing Tips

Spring has sprung at CBC Towers in London – and we are celebrating with our April edition of #WriteCBC, our monthly writing competition on Twitter. This month we’re joined by the very lovely Lucy Morris – the Curtis Brown literary agent who recently negotiated a fab publishing deal with Headline for former CBC student Hazel Barkworth. Lucy […]

03 April 2019

Louise McCreesh, Polly Crosby and Kiare Ladner

Celebrating three novel-writing scholarship winners with book deals

by Katie Smart Events, From Our Students

At Curtis Brown Creative we are committed to championing talented writers and helping them to get the best out of their novels. We are thrilled to be able to find a writers through scholarship programs who we might not otherwise have heard from. Over the past year three of our novel-writing scholarship winners have gone on to get […]

02 April 2019

Greg Chivers, author

Science Fiction author Greg Chivers interviews himself

by Greg Chivers Author Interviews, From Our Students, Writing Tips

We caught up with Greg Chivers* to talk about his novel The Crying Machine (HarperVoyager) which is coming out on April 4th. He wrote it while participating in our 3-month London-based course with Charlotte Mendelson. Tell us about your novel in a way that looks like it’s imparting valuable knowledge to all the aspiring authors who’ll be reading this. […]

29 March 2019

Lucy Morris, literary agent

Lucy Morris: ‘Have confidence – avoid the urge to be self-deprecating’

by Katie Smart From the Agents

We’re thrilled to announce that our special guest for April’s #WriteCBC is Curtis Brown agent Lucy Morris. #WriteCBC is our monthly Twitter writing competition, find out more about how to join in the fun here. Before you check out Lucy’s writing tip and writing task, we wanted you to find out a bit more about […]

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