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From Our Students Posts

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 […]

09 July 2020

Philippa Swan: ‘Write about something that intrigues or confuses you’

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

We talk to former Edit & Pitch Your Novel student Philippa Swan about writing routines and her debut novel The Night of All Souls.

02 July 2020

#WriteCBC tip and task from Kirsty Eyre

by Anna Davis Events, From Our Students, Writing Tips

Inject humour into your writing with this #WriteCBC tip and task from Kirsty Eyre, author of the Comedy Women In Print prize-winning novel Cow Girl.

26 June 2020

Michael Mann: ‘I wanted to write a book with a mixed-race hero, who was half-something, like I am’

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

Michael Mann took online Writing YA & Children’s Fiction course in 2018. After taking the course he became a client of Curtis Brown agent Stephanie Thwaites and now he has an exciting book deal with Hachette Children’s for his debut middle grade novel Ghostcloud. Read on to find out about Michael’s ‘messy’ excel spreadsheet (used […]

25 June 2020

Kirsty Eyre’s top tips for writing comedy: ‘You want people to laugh, not cringe’

by Kirsty Eyre From Our Students, Writing Tips

Kirsty Eyre took our London-based Three-Month Novel-Writing course in 2017.  Cow Girl – the novel she worked on with us that went on to be awarded the inaugural Comedy Women in Print Unpublished Prize in 2019 – is out now. Kirsty shares some of her top tips for writing comedy and talks about her journey from first draft to publication. […]

17 June 2020

Gianna Pollero: ‘Write as much as you can … but always make it something you enjoy writing about’

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

Gianna Pollero took our online Writing YA & Children’s Fiction course in 2016. Now she has a three-book deal with Piccadilly Press, an imprint of Bonnier. Her debut middle grade novel Monster Doughnuts will be illustrated by Sarah Horne and published in August 2021. We caught up with Gianna to find out more about her […]

11 June 2020

Celebrating five major publishing deals for our novel-writing scholars

by Katie Smart From Our Students

Since launching our creative writing courses in 2011, we’ve been passionate about supporting talented writers who we might not have otherwise heard from through fully-funded novel-writing scholarships. Over the past couple of years five of our novel-writing scholars have gone on to get publishing deals and many others are hard at work getting their manuscripts […]

04 June 2020

#WriteCBC tip and task from Hazel Barkworth

by Anna Davis Events, From Our Students, Writing Tips

It’s that time again – and the latest edition of our Twitter writing competition features a writing tip and task from the wonderful Hazel Barkworth, whose gorgeous debut Heatstroke was published last week by Headline Review. If you haven’t taken part in #WriteCBC before, we’re delighted to have you join us  – and you can […]

03 June 2020

Lisa Bradley: ‘I let the story guide me in the right direction’

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

Lisa Bradley took a three-month online Writing YA & Children’s Fiction course in 2015. Now she has a two-book deal with Quercus and her debut novel Paper Dolls comes out this August. We found out more about Lisa’s time on the course – where she learnt to follow the writing ‘rules’ and know when to break them – and […]

01 June 2020

Ten authors share their best writing advice

by Hannah Mary McKinnon From Our Students, Writing Tips

Hannah Mary McKinnon was born in the UK, grew up in Switzerland and moved to Canada in 2010. After a successful career in recruitment, she quit the corporate world in favour of writing. Hannah took our Six-Month Online Novel-Writing in 2014, and is now the author of four novels. Sister Dear is Hannah Mary’s fourth novel. […]

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