06 March 2019

Michelle Kenney, author

7 tips on fantasy novel worldbuilding

by Michelle Kenney From Our Students, Writing Tips

Michelle Kenney is the author of the Book of Fire Trilogy, a dystopian YA Lit series published by HarperCollins HQDigital. Michelle took our Writing YA and Children’s Fiction course back in 2015 with the inspirational Catherine Johnson. Here she explains her approach to fantasy worldbuilding … I should probably confess at the outset that I’m very […]

04 March 2019

Fran Quinn, author

Meet Frances Quinn, the 60th former CBC student to get a book deal

by Katie Smart Author Interviews, From Our Students

Frances Quinn is our 60th former student to land a publishing deal (it was only in the summer of 2018 that we announced our 50th former student with a book deal!). She was a student on our 6-Month Novel-Writing course in London back in 2014 – and at the end of the course Frances gained […]

28 February 2019

Novels by Curtis Brown Creative alumni

YA and children’s fiction authors who’ve taken our writing courses

by Katie Smart From Our Students

We’ve been running creative writing courses from Curtis Brown’s offices in London since 2011 – our selective-entry novel-writing courses are at the heart of what we do, and we’re really proud of our students’ achievements. From discovering fresh voices and helping them to get the best out of their novels – to guiding authors through practical aspects of the industry – […]

28 February 2019

Hazel Barkworth and Lucy Morris

Author Hazel Barkworth and her agent Lucy Morris on their shared vision

by Anna Davis Author Interviews, From the Agents

Hazel Barkworth has just become the 59th former CBC student to gain a publishing deal – her deliciously intense and beautifully written novel Heatstroke has been sold to Headline by Lucy Morris at Curtis Brown. Hazel took our six-month novel-writing course in London back in the Spring of 2016, and it’s been brilliant to follow […]

25 February 2019

Elisa Lodato

Elisa Lodato: ‘Make sure your book reflects you as a writer’

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. Curtis Brown 120 is all about celebrating the extraordinary debuts which have come out of the agency. So we’re over the moon to have got the […]

22 February 2019

Gordon Wise agent

Bookwise (mostly): Gordon Wise on the ‘crime page-turners on my list’

by Gordon Wise From the Agents

Gordon Wise is a literary agent at Curtis Brown, representing a variety of brilliant non-fiction authors as well as talented literary and commercial fiction writers, including former Curtis Brown Creative student Janet Ellis. Gordon will be taking to the CBC blog every once in a while to talk about exciting industry news, and the novels that […]

21 February 2019

Nikki Smith and Sophie Lambert

Author Nikki Smith and agent Sophie Lambert on the importance of trust & ambition

by Katie Smart Author Interviews, From Our Students, From the Agents

Nikki Smith took not one but three Curtis Brown Creative writing courses back in 2017, starting with two of our 6-week online courses before applying to and then securing a place on our 3-month online novel-writing course. Nikki initially ‘met’ her agent – C& W’s Sophie Lambert – during an online agent feedback session on this longer course and decided to […]

18 February 2019

Emad Akhtar, publishing director for Orion Fiction

Emad Akhtar: ‘Write the book you want to read’

by Curtis Brown 120 Curtis Brown 120, Writing Tips

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’re talking to Emad Akhtar, publishing director at Orion Fiction. Emad is the lead for crime novels and thrillers. Read on to find out more about […]

14 February 2019

Anna Davis, CBC managing director

Top tips for new writers on getting started

by Curtis Brown 120 Curtis Brown 120, Writing Tips

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. Curtis Brown 120 is a celebration of the agency’s 120th birthday – and it’s also a celebration of beginnings and how Curtis Brown have been […]

14 February 2019

Valentines day books

Mad About the Book: Valentine’s Day book recommendations

by Curtis Brown 120 Curtis Brown 120, From the Agents

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. For Valentine’s Day, we’re talking about the books we’re mad about #MadAbouttheBook. From Kate Atkinson and Nora Ephron to the Brontës, L.M. Montgomery and Philip […]

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