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From Our Students Posts

14 September 2021

Meet Hanna Tatschl, winner of the Breakthrough Scholarship for Memoir Writers

by Katie Smart Events, From Our Students

We are pleased to announce that Hanna Tatschl has been awarded the Breakthrough Scholarship for Memoir Writers for her memoir-in-progress Relentless. Hanna has won a place on our inaugural three-month online Writing Your Memoir course. We are extremely grateful to the Curtis Brown Literary and Talent Agency for providing this scholarship, and for their support […]

07 September 2021

Meet Ely Percy, winner of the John le Carré Scholarship

by Katie Smart Events, From Our Students

We are pleased to announce that Ely Percy has been awarded the inaugural John le Carré Scholarship for their novel-in-progress Kingstreet. Ely has won a place on our three-month online Writing Your Novel course. We are extremely grateful to the Curtis Brown Literary and Talent Agency for providing this scholarship, and to the family of […]

02 September 2021

Three tips for writing diverse characters

by Michael Mann Author Interviews, From Our Students, Writing Tips

Michael Mann our took online Writing YA & Children’s Fiction course in 2018. After taking the course he became a client of Curtis Brown agent Stephanie Thwaites. His debut middle grade novel Ghostcloud will be published by Hachette Children’s 7 October. Here Michael draws on the guidance he received during our course as well as his own experiences of […]

01 September 2021

Paula Owen: ‘It’s never too late to decide to turn your hand to novel writing’

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

Paula Owen was a student on our Writing Your Novel course in 2020. Now her debut historical novel Little Brown Dog will be published by Honno Press 15 September. We caught up with Paula to talk about her time on the course, her approach to research and her move from writing non-fiction to fiction… You […]

19 August 2021

Melissa Welliver: ‘Write in your most authentic voice’

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

Melissa Welliver took our online Writing YA & Children’s Fiction course in 2016. Now she has a publishing deal with Agora Books for her gripping dystopian YA trilogy. The first book in the series The Undying Tower will be published this October. Melissa reveals the inspiration behind the totalitarian future portrayed in The Undying Tower, […]

30 June 2021

Meet our latest cohort of talented Breakthrough mentees

by Katie Smart Events, From Our Students

The Breakthrough Writers’ Programme is an initiative offering free courses, mentoring and scholarships for under-represented writers. It is fully funded by CBC, Curtis Brown Literary Agency and partners. We caught up with some of the talented writers currently taking part in our nine-month Breakthrough Mentoring Programme to find out more about what they’re working on […]

24 June 2021

Selali Fiamanya wins the Borough Press open submission competition

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

Selali Fiamanya was a student on our inaugural Breakthrough Novel-Writing Course for Black Writers at the start of the year. We were thrilled to hear that his debut novel Between the Train and The Platform will be published by Borough Press following his win of their open submission competition. We caught up with Selali to […]

23 June 2021

Tina Orr Munro: ‘I wanted to delve deeper into my character’s life and really test her’

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

Tina Orr Munro studied on our six-month online Writing Your Novel course back in 2017. Tina is a journalist, specialising in writing about policing and security. In another life, she was a police scenes of crime officer. We were thrilled to hear the news earlier this month that her agent Lucy Morris (Curtis Brown) has […]

10 June 2021

Meet Sakura Matsushima & Kwan Ann Tan, our Elizabeth Zott novel-writing scholars

by Katie Smart Course News, From Our Students

We’re pleased to introduce the two talented writers that have been awarded the Elizabeth Zott Novel-Writing Scholarships for writers of colour. Sakura Matsushima has won a free place on our three-month online Writing Your Novel course for her brilliantly compelling novel-in-progress Makuno-uchi Bento. Kwan Ann Tan has won a free place on our six-month online […]

27 April 2021

Heather Darwent: ‘The edit is where the real magic happens’

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

Heather Darwent has studied on two of our online courses; our six-week Edit & Pitch Your Novel course and our selective three-month Writing Your Novel course. We were excited to hear the recent news of her book deal, her debut thriller The Things We Do to Our Friends is to be published by Viking in 2023. […]

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