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Author Interviews Posts

15 July 2020

Meet Rachel Driscoll, our Write From Home Scholar

by Katie Smart Author Interviews, Course News, From Our Students

We’re pleased to announce that Rachel Driscoll has been awarded the Write From Home Scholarship for her novel-in-progress His Name is Oskar. Rachel has won a fully-funded place on our Three-Month Online Novel-Writing course taught by Andrew Michael Hurley. At CBC we were captivated by Rachel’s unique narrator – Darkness itself. We’re thrilled to have her on board for […]

09 July 2020

Philippa Swan: ‘Write about something that intrigues or confuses you’

by Katie Smart Author Interviews, From Our Students, Writing Tips

We talk to former Edit & Pitch Your Novel student Philippa Swan about writing routines and her debut novel The Night of All Souls.

26 June 2020

Michael Mann: ‘I wanted to write a book with a mixed-race hero, who was half-something, like I am’

by Katie Smart Author Interviews, From Our Students, Writing Tips

Michael Mann took online Writing YA & Children’s Fiction course in 2018. After taking the course he became a client of Curtis Brown agent Stephanie Thwaites and now he has an exciting book deal with Hachette Children’s for his debut middle grade novel Ghostcloud. Read on to find out about Michael’s ‘messy’ excel spreadsheet (used […]

24 June 2020

Kate Mosse: ‘Throughout history, too many women’s voices have been left unheard or underheard’

by Discoveries Author Interviews, Discoveries, Writing Tips

CBC and Curtis Brown are proud to be partnering with the Women’s Prize Trust and NatWest to launch Discoveries, a writing development programme that will offer aspiring female authors of all ages and backgrounds encouragement and support at the beginning of their creative journeys. The Discoveries team talk books and writing advice with Kate Mosse, the […]

18 June 2020

Celia Rees’ writing rules

by Celia Rees Author Interviews, Writing Tips

Celia Rees is an award-winning author of Young Adult fiction. She is a client of Curtis Brown literary agent Stephanie Thwaites. Her first historical novel Witch Child was translated into 28 languages. Witch Child and subsequent titles Sorceress and Pirates! won awards in the UK, USA, France and Italy. Her first adult novel Miss Graham’s Cold War Cookbook was recently published by […]

17 June 2020

Gianna Pollero: ‘Write as much as you can … but always make it something you enjoy writing about’

by Katie Smart Author Interviews, From Our Students, Writing Tips

Gianna Pollero took our online Writing YA & Children’s Fiction course in 2016. Now she has a three-book deal with Piccadilly Press, an imprint of Bonnier. Her debut middle grade novel Monster Doughnuts will be illustrated by Sarah Horne and published in August 2021. We caught up with Gianna to find out more about her […]

03 June 2020

Lisa Bradley: ‘I let the story guide me in the right direction’

by Katie Smart Author Interviews, From Our Students, Writing Tips

Lisa Bradley took a three-month online Writing YA & Children’s Fiction course in 2015. Now she has a two-book deal with Quercus and her debut novel Paper Dolls comes out this August. We found out more about Lisa’s time on the course – where she learnt to follow the writing ‘rules’ and know when to break them – and […]

28 May 2020

Meet Elliot Agyemang, our latest HW Fisher Novel-Writing Scholar

by Katie Smart Author Interviews, Course News, From Our Students

We’re pleased to announce that Elliot Agyemang has been awarded the HW Fisher Novel-Writing Scholarship for his novel-in-progress Where the Rain Gods Go. Elliot has won a fully-funded place on our Three-Month Online Novel-Writing course taught by Lisa O’Donnell. Elliot is the ninth talented writer of limited financial means to be offered a scholarship on one of our selective […]

19 May 2020

Three-book deal for CBC’s first writing duo

by Katie Smart Author Interviews, From Our Students, Writing Tips

Barney Thompson and Christopher Rickaby met on our first-ever novel-writing course in 2011. Now they’re a writing duo and they have gained an exciting three-book deal with Welbeck for their jointly-penned ‘Revol Rossel’ thriller series. We caught up with Barney and Chris to discuss their time studying with us and what inspired them to become […]

13 May 2020

Jennifer Harvey: ‘Persevere. It can be a very long journey from writing to publication…’

by Katie Smart Author Interviews, From Our Students, Writing Tips

Jennifer Harvey was a student on our popular six-week online Starting to Write Your Novel course in 2016. Now she has a three-book deal with Bookouture! Read on to find out more about Jennifer’s time studying online with CBC and her debut novel Someone Else’s Daughter … You took our online Starting to Write Your Novel course in […]

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