Novels by CBC Alumni Posts

20 April 2018

Why authors should be using social media

by Rae DelBianco Guest Blog, Novels by CBC Alumni, Opinion

Rae DelBianco was a student on our London novel-writing course in 2015 – in fact she came over from the US for six months specifically to study on our course! Her much anticipated debut Rough Animals is out from Arcade publishing on June 5th, and has already been compared to the likes of Cormac McCarthy. Rae grew up in Bucks […]

19 April 2018

Jessica Jarlvi: ‘you only need one agent to believe in you’

by Katie Smart Author Interviews, From Our Students, Novels by CBC Alumni, Student Successes

Jessica Jarlvi completed our online six month novel writing course back in 2016. After this Jessica became one of the 2016 winners of the Montegrappa Prize for First Fiction, and shortly after she signed a book deal with Head of Zeus imprint Aria.  Her debut novel, the psychological thriller When I Wake Up is available now in paperback. Her second […]

28 March 2018

The difficult second novel

by Annabelle Thorpe Guest Blog, Novels by CBC Alumni, Opinion, Writing Tips

So, the hard part is over, you’ve published your first novel! Well, former CBC student and author Annabelle Thorpe is here to tell us all about the difficulties of writing that second novel from her own experience, and offers some guidance along the way. Considering it’s a known thing, like the Difficult Second Album, you […]

16 March 2018

How to get through the first draft of your novel

by Hannah Mary McKinnon From Our Students, Guest Blog, Novels by CBC Alumni, Student Successes, Writing Tips

Hannah Mary McKinnon took one of our online creative writing courses, and is now a published author with her second novel,  The Neighbours, newly launched in the US, UK – and Canada, where she lives. Hannah has been one of our most positive and persevering students, and she brings these qualities very much to bear […]

08 March 2018

‘Dream. Come. True.’ – published ex-CBC-student Jo Jakeman

by Anna Davis From Our Students, Novels by CBC Alumni, Student Successes

Jo Jakeman took one of our online creative writing courses in 2016. Now she has a three-book deal with Harvill Secker (part of Penguin Random House), and her first novel – Sticks and Stones – comes out in July of this year. We talked to her about her novel, her time on the Curtis Brown […]

18 January 2018

James Hall: ‘I just kept writing’

by Rufus Purdy Author Interviews, From Our Students, Novels by CBC Alumni, Student Successes

A couple of weeks ago, we blogged about James Hall and Maria Realf – our 36th and 37th students to get a book deal – both of whom studied on our Autumn 2012 novel-writing course in London. We caught up with Maria in this blog post, but now it’s the turn of James to tell […]

10 January 2018

How to finish your novel, by former CBC student Jenny Quintana

by Anna Davis From Our Students, Guest Blog, Novels by CBC Alumni, Opinion, Writing Tips

The latest CBC student to be published is Jenny Quintana. Jenny came to CBC’s six-month London-based novel-writing course to work on her debut novel, The Missing Girl, with support from tutor Erin Kelly and a lively student cohort which included fellow published author Caz Frear. Soon after the course finished, Jenny was signed up by […]

12 December 2017

The Miniaturist by former CBC student Jessie Burton to begin on BBC1 this Boxing Day

by Rufus Purdy Events, Novels by CBC Alumni

When then-actress and office temp Jessie Burton turned up for the first session of her Curtis Brown Creative writing course back in 2011, she would never have imagined the novel she was to work on over the next three months – The Miniaturist – would end up as one of the main events of the […]

02 November 2017

Former CBC student Jane Harper wins CWA Gold Dagger award

by Rufus Purdy Novels by CBC Alumni, Student Successes

Huge congratulations to our former student Jane Harper (above, with the CBC team), who has just won the Crime Writers’ Association Gold Dagger prize for her debut novel The Dry. Jane, who studied on one of our online writing courses in Autumn 2014, and developed the book on the course along with her 14 coursemates […]

05 October 2017

Five authors who’ve taken our creative writing course in London

by Jack Hadley Novels by CBC Alumni, Student Successes

We’ve been running our London writing courses from our offices on the Haymarket since 2011, and it’s always quite something to look back and take stock of our student successes in recent years. From discovering new voices and honing talent to guiding authors through practical aspects of the industry, working with serious, hard-working writers is what […]

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