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Author Interviews Posts

23 September 2020

Stephanie Merritt: ‘The novelist begins where the historical record leaves gaps’

by Katie Smart Author Interviews, Writing Tips

Our brand new six-week online course, Writing a Historical Fiction, led by bestselling novelist S J Parris – aka Stephanie Merritt – is open now for enrolment. Writing as S J Parris, Stephanie is the author of the number one bestselling Giordano Bruno historical thriller series, which centres on the sixteenth-century renegade monk, philosopher and heretic Giordano Bruno. […]

09 September 2020

Meet Clarissa Angus, winner of The Adam Kay Scholarship for Black Writers

by Katie Smart Author Interviews, Events, From Our Students

We’re pleased to announce that Clarissa Angus has been awarded The Adam Kay Scholarship for Black Writers for her novel-in-progress Duppy Season. Clarissa has won a fully-funded place on our Three-Month Online Novel-Writing course taught by Suzannah Dunn. We are so grateful to Adam Kay for providing the full fee for Clarissa to join this online course. The […]

02 September 2020

Mignon Bravo Dutt: ‘Believe in yourself and don’t listen to naysayers’

by Katie Smart Author Interviews, From Our Students

Mignon Bravo Dutt was a student on our six-week online Edit & Pitch Your Novel course in 2019. Her debut The Rosales House was published by Penguin Random House SEA earlier this year. Read on to find out about Mignon’s time studying online with CBC and the inspiration behind her debut novel … You took our online Edit […]

26 August 2020

Aliya Ali-Afzal: ‘I can’t wait to hold a real, physical copy of my book’

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

Aliya Ali-Afzal joined us for a Three-Month Novel-Writing course in 2013. Now she has an exciting two-book deal with Head of Zeus. We caught up with Aliya to find out more about her debut novel Would I Lie to You? and to discover her secret writing fuel (magnums!). You took our Three-Month Novel-Writing course in […]

19 August 2020

Polly Phillips: ‘Write what you enjoy and don’t be afraid to be yourself’

by Katie Smart Author Interviews, From Our Students

Polly Phillips was a student on our inaugural six-week online Write to the End of Your Novel course in 2019. Her debut thriller My Best Friend’s Murder was recently acquired by Simon & Schuster and will be published next year. Read on to find out about Polly’s time studying online with CBC and the inspiration behind her […]

11 August 2020

Adam Kay: ‘My writing is best when it’s at its most naturalistic’

by Katie Smart Author Interviews, Writing Tips

Adam Kay is an award-winning writer and performer. His debut memoir This is Going to Hurt was a Sunday Times number one bestseller for a record-breaking nine months – it has sold over a million copies in the UK and been translated into 33 languages (and counting). We’re thrilled that Adam is generously providing funding for […]

30 July 2020

Tessa Hadley: ‘There’s nothing unpolitical about intimate stories of family life’

by Katie Smart Author Interviews, Writing Tips

Tessa Hadley is the author of seven highly acclaimed novels and three short story collections. In 2016 she was awarded the Windham Campbell Prize and the Hawthornden Prize, and she won the Edge Hill Short Story Prize for her collection Bad Dreams in 2018. Her stories appear regularly in The New Yorker, Granta and other magazines. We’re thrilled that Tessa […]

28 July 2020

Cynthia Murphy: ‘I knew that I wanted to write something scary but also fun’

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

We’re over the moon to share the news that Cynthia Murphy is our 100th former student with a major publishing deal. In honour of this huge milestone, we’ve got lots of exciting celebratory content coming your way, so please join us on social media by following the hashtag: #CBC100Authors! (Twitter @cbcreative and Instagram @curtisbrowncreative) Cynthia […]

21 July 2020

Erin Kelly: ‘The only thing all published writers have in common is that they finished writing their books’

by Emmanuel Omodeinde Author Interviews, Writing Tips

Our brand new six-week online course, Writing a Psychological Thriller, led by bestselling novelist Erin Kelly is open now for enrolment. Erin’s first novel The Poison Tree became a major ITV drama and a Richard and Judy bestseller, and she has since written six novels including the Sunday Times bestseller, He Said/She Said and the […]

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 […]

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