Author Interviews Posts

25 March 2020

Tim Adler: ‘The great thing about being a novelist is that it’s a form of self-therapy’

by Katie Smart Author Interviews, From Our Students

Tim Adler worked on his crime thriller Dead Already with us on our London-based novel-writing course. Dead Already is set to be published this June by the independent crime and horror publishing house Caffeine Nights. We found out more about Tim’s time on the course and his approach to crime writing … You were a […]

16 March 2020

Cecilia Lyra: ‘The two main ingredients are: a strong voice and a high-stakes central conflict’

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

Cecilia Lyra took our online novel-writing course with Lisa O’Donnell in 2014. Now Cecilia has a two-book deal with Bookouture. Her debut novel The Sunset Sisters has already been a number one bestseller in Germany and we’re excited for it to be published in the UK. As well as being an author Cecilia is a […]

11 March 2020

Loraine Peck: ‘It amazes me daily that I’m a writer now’

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

Loraine Peck developed her debut crime novel on our online novel-writing course, and subsequently secured representation with Curtis Brown’s Alice Lutyens and Curtis Brown Australia’s Pippa Masson. Loraine now has an exciting two-book deal with Australian publishing house Text – The Second Son will be published in February 2021. We caught up with Loraine to […]

05 March 2020

Kerry Hudson: ‘I am interested in why the world around me is how it is’

by Kerry Hudson Author Interviews

Kerry Hudson is the critically acclaimed author of two novels, Tony Hogan Bought Me an Ice-cream Float Before He Stole My Ma and Thirst. Last year saw the publication of her powerful memoir Lowborn, in which she returned to the towns of her childhood and investigated her own past and what it means to be […]

05 March 2020

Adam Simcox: ‘feedback is a huge part of writing and publishing a novel’

by Katie Smart Author Interviews, From Our Students

Adam Simcox is our 81st former student with a publishing deal. He has an exciting three-book deal for his supernatural crime series from Gollancz. Adam is also one half of our first-ever published alumni married couple! His wife Kirsty Eyre’s debut novel Cow Girl is set to be published by HarperCollins later this year. They […]

19 February 2020

Writing your memoir: Four steps to get you started

by Cathy Rentzenbrink Author Interviews, Writing Tips

Cathy Rentzenbrink is the tutor of our online Writing a Memoir course – and she’s going to teach a brand new Four-Day Intensive Memoir-Writing Course at our London offices this April (now open for applications). 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 […]

11 February 2020

Colin Teevan: ‘Research is paramount – you can’t fill in the dots later’

by Katie Smart Author Interviews, Writing Tips

We’re so excited to welcome celebrated screenwriter, playwright and translator Colin Teevan to the the Curtis Brown Creative tutor team. He will lead fifteen screenwriting students in our first ever Writing an Original TV Drama Serial course this spring. Colin is writer and executive producer of Rebellion (RTE, Netflix) and lead writer, showrunner and executive producer on […]

31 January 2020

Charlotte Northedge: ‘Get a first draft finished. It doesn’t have to be perfect …’

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

We are ecstatic to share the news of our 80th former student with a publishing deal! Charlotte Northedge studied with us in London in 2015 and was part of a lively group of novel-writing students which included Ella Dove – whose debut novel Five Steps to Happy was published by Trapeze last year. Now Charlotte’s […]

23 January 2020

Elif Shafak and Jonny Geller: ‘You have to follow the story’

by Katie Smart Author Interviews, From the Agents, Writing Tips

A very special component of our London-based novel-writing courses are the visiting speaker sessions where the literary agents from Curtis Brown and C&W come in with major authors or leading publishers to talk to the student group. These evening events give our students a great chance to find out about the reality of publishing and […]

15 January 2020

Jake Arnott: ‘You have to create the whole world of your novel …’

by Katie Smart Author Interviews, Writing Tips

We’re excited to welcome back celebrated author Jake Arnott, who was the tutor of our first ever writing course in 2011 – the course on which Jessie Burton began writing her global bestseller, The Miniaturist – as tutor of our upcoming six-month novel writing course in London. Jake is the author of seven highly acclaimed novels including The […]

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