Novels by CBC Alumni Posts

20 September 2018

Stephanie Thwaites and Struan Murray on editing and submitting a children’s book

by Jack Hadley Author Interviews, From Our Students, From the Agents, Novels by CBC Alumni

It’s been quite a year for Struan Murray, who took our London-based novel-writing course way back in 2013. For Struan – as for many of our students, the path to publication has been long and started out bumpy: he finished a novel and gained an agent soon after his CBC course, but not a publisher.

22 August 2018

An interview with Ann-Marie Howell, the 50th CBC student to get a major book deal

by Katie Smart Author Interviews, Novels by CBC Alumni, Student Successes

Ann-Marie Howell is our 50th former novel-writing student to get a major publishing deal. Her debut middle grade novel, The Garden of Found and Lost, will be published by Usborne in 2019. Ann-Marie was a student on our online Writing YA and Children’s Fiction course back in 2015 (check out this blog about her time on the course). Here we […]

09 August 2018

CBC celebrates 50 commercial publishing deals for its novel-writing students

by Katie Smart Novels by CBC Alumni, Student Successes

This week at Curtis Brown Creative we reached our half-century, our golden anniversary … that’s right, our 50th former novel-writing student has gone on to get a major publishing deal and we couldn’t be more thrilled. We are so proud of each and every one of our students, and here’s to the next 50! In honour of […]

28 June 2018

Summer must-reads from former CBC students

by Katie Smart Novels by CBC Alumni

A heatwave has hit UK this week – and as we swelter in the London heat, now feels like a good time for a round-up of the hot new summer reads from of our published students. So here’s a selection of upcoming publications from Curtis Brown Creative students, which will make perfect beach reads and travel companions. […]

21 June 2018

Rae DelBianco: At CBC I was judged by the quality of my writing, not my CV or pedigree

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

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 was published by Arcade in the US earlier this month, and is currently being translated into French and Italian. We caught up with Rae to discuss […]

21 June 2018

Laura Marshall’s Three Little (Writing) Tips

by Laura Marshall From Our Students, Novels by CBC Alumni, Student Successes, Writing Tips

Regular readers of this blog will already be familiar with Laura Marshall – whose psychological thriller Friend Request became an instant bestseller when it was published last year. Laura took one of our London-based creative writing courses, and rapidly went on to secure representation with Curtis Brown agent Felicity Blunt and UK publication with Sphere (part of Little Brown). A US publication deal with Grand […]

11 June 2018

Developing and writing crime series

by Geoff Sanders From Our Students, Novels by CBC Alumni, Student Successes, Writing Tips

Geoff Sanders worked on an early draft of his novel The Taken Girls on our 3-month London-based novel-writing course back in 2013. I remember intensive discussions with him about plotting – particularly the decision to split his original complex idea into two separate novels – and about the development of his series detective DI Ogborne […]

08 June 2018

Scholarship student gets major book deal: ‘I swear I slipped into another reality, someone else’s life.’

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

We are utterly thrilled to say that Kiare Ladner, the current HW Fisher scholar on our London-based novel-writing course, has just landed a major book deal. Nightshift, the novel she was working on in class,  has been snapped up by Picador in a deal agented by Curtis Brown’s Cathryn Summerhayes. We caught up with Kiare to […]

08 June 2018

The road to success: One writer’s journey from first page to major publishing deal

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

Rachel Marks took our 3-month online novel-writing course taught by Lisa O’Donnell back in 2016. Now her debut novel has been sold at auction to Michael Joseph (part of the Penguin Random House group) via Curtis Brown agent Alice Lutyens, who represents more former CBC students than any other literary agent – including Jane Harper, Kate Hamer […]

31 May 2018

Writing a novel with dual timelines

by Caroline Beecham From Our Students, Guest Blog, Novels by CBC Alumni, Writing Tips

Caroline Beecham’s first novel Maggie’s Kitchen (a romance set in WWII) was published by Ebury Press in 2017. Now she’s back with her second book, Eleanor’s Secret – the novel she worked on during her time on our 6-month online novel-writing course – which moves back and forth between two timelines: London, 1942 When art school graduate, Eleanor Roy, is recruited by […]

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