Author Interviews Posts

01 August 2019

Kirsty Eyre: ‘comedy writing is an art in itself’

by Katie Smart Author Interviews, From Our Students

Kirsty Eyre took our London-based 3-month novel-writing course in 2017. Cow Girl, the novel she was working on with us has gone on to win the inaugural Comedy Women in Print Unpublished Prize and a publishing contract with HarperCollins. Here Kirsty talks comedy, writing tips and finding her trusted readers … You were working on your debut […]

30 July 2019

Allie Reynolds: ‘Keep revising and re-submitting’

by Katie Smart Author Interviews, From Our Students

Allie Reynolds took all three of our 6-week online novel-writing courses. Her debut novel Shiver was scooped up by Headline in a 10-way book auction and has already sold in several territories – including to Penguin in the US and HarperCollins in Germany. We caught up with Allie to find out more about her experience studying with us, […]

24 July 2019

Cynan Jones: ‘Don’t write to be published’

by Katie Smart Author Interviews, Writing Tips

We’re so excited to share with you our brand new 6-week online course, Writing Short Stories, led by award-winning short story author Cynan Jones. Cynan Jones won the Betty Trask award for his novel The Long Dry and he won BBC National Short Story Award in 2017, for which he is on the 2019 judging panel (shortlist to be announced […]

11 July 2019

Meet Sophie Jai our 70th former student with a major book deal!

by Katie Smart Author Interviews, From Our Students

It was only 11 months ago that we announced our 50th book deal, but we are thrilled to announce that Sophie Jai is now our 70th former student to get a book deal! We’re so incredibly proud of all of our students, and here’s to 70 more … Sophie has just finished our 6-month novel-writing course in London, […]

11 July 2019

Charlotte Philby: ‘Writing fiction can be hugely therapeutic’

by Katie Smart Author Interviews, From Our Students

Charlotte Philby’s debut spy thriller The Most Difficult Thing is out now from Borough Press. She starting working on her early version of this novel on two of our six-week online novel-writing courses (Starting to Write Your Novel and Write to the End of Your Novel). We asked Charlotte more about her experience of the course what motivates […]

08 July 2019

Norah Perkins: ‘Read your submission aloud to catch repetitions and awkwardness’

by Curtis Brown 120 Author Interviews, Curtis Brown 120

As part of our 120th birthday celebrations, Curtis Brown – in partnership with Curtis Brown Creative – have launched the Curtis Brown First Novel Prize! Our mission is to find the exciting new voices of the future. To enter all you need is a 10,000 word novel opening and a one-page synopsis (find out more here). The deadline for entering the Curtis Brown […]

03 July 2019

Ruth Kvarnström-Jones: ‘a painful rejection may only last a day …’

by Katie Smart Author Interviews, From Our Students

Ruth Kvarnström-Jones is a British-Swedish author, she studied on our three-month online novel-writing course in 2018 and now she has a three-book deal with Printz Publishing for her historical trilogy Halleholm. The first novel in the series is set to be published in 2020.  We found out more about Ruth’s approach to writing and her experience of studying online […]

13 June 2019

Cathy Rentzenbrink: ‘Don’t try to sound like a writer – try to sound like yourself’

by Katie Smart Author Interviews, Writing Tips

We’re so excited to share with you our brand new 6-week online course, Writing a Memoir, led by bestselling memoirist Cathy Rentzenbrink. Cathy is the author of The Last Act of Love, which was a Sunday Times bestseller and was shortlisted for the Wellcome Prize. She followed it with A Manual for Heartache – and her next book, Dear Reader: The Comfort […]

06 June 2019

Ella Berman: ‘I always try to find the humour wherever I can’

by Katie Smart Author Interviews, From Our Students

Ella Berman studied novel-writing with us in London on a 3-month course in 2016. Now she’s our 63rd former student with a book deal! Her debut novel The Comeback will be published in the US by Berkley in 2020. We caught up with Ella to find out more about her time on the course and her […]

03 June 2019

Neema Shah: ‘Write something you feel passionate about’

by Katie Smart Author Interviews, From Our Students

You can often find Neema Shah taking part in our monthly Twitter writing competition #WriteCBC (first Thursday of every month), last year she won one of the monthly challenges and was awarded a place on our Edit & Pitch Your Novel 6-week online course. Now she has a two book deal with Picador! Read on to […]

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