From Our Students Posts

16 October 2019

Create believable psychological thriller characters

by Dawn Goodwin From Our Students, Writing Tips

Dawn Goodwin studied on our very first online novel-writing course in 2013 – alongside fellow novelists Alice Clark-Platts and Catherine Bennetto. Her debut novel The Accident, a gripping psychological thriller, was published in 2017 by Head of Zeus imprint Aria. She followed this with a second thriller The Pupil. Her latest novel Best Friends Forever is out now! Here Dawn shares her method for creating believable characters in thrillers, and explains why even […]

09 October 2019

Julietta Henderson: ‘The one piece of advice that underpins every other – just keep on writing’

by Katie Smart Author Interviews, From Our Students

Julietta Henderson studied on our three-month online novel-writing course in 2013. She met her agent, C&W’s Sue Armstrong on one of our alumni summer schools and now she has a fantastic six-figure two-book deal with Transworld for her debut novel The Funny Thing About Norman Foreman. We caught up with Julietta to find our more about the […]

26 September 2019

Jack Meggitt-Phillips: ‘I started The Beast and the Bethany because I wanted to have some fun writing again’

by Katie Smart Author Interviews, From Our Students

Jack Meggitt-Phillips was studying on our three-month novel-writing course in London this time last year. Now he is our 73rd student with a major publishing deal! Jack is author of The Beast and the Bethany, a middle-grade children’s book set to be published by Egmont in Autumn 2020.  We caught up with Jack to talk beasts, books and […]

12 September 2019

Janet Ellis: ‘My writing is very character driven and the stories start when I hear voices’

by Katie Smart Author Interviews, From Our Students

Janet Ellis was our 16th former student to secure a book deal. After taking our three-month course in London in 2014 she was signed by Curtis Brown literary agent Gordon Wise. Her debut historical novel The Butcher’s Hook was published by Two Roads in 2016. Her second novel How It Was was released this August. We caught up with Janet […]

29 August 2019

How audiobooks make you a better author

by Hannah Mary McKinnon From Our Students, Writing Tips

Hannah Mary McKinnon had a successful career in recruitment, then she quit the corporate world in favor of writing. Hannah took our six-month online novel-writing course back in 2014, she is now the author of three novels. Here she shares the benefits of listening to audiobooks and how they’ve helped her become a better author.   Once upon a time, […]

28 August 2019

Sarah Linley: ‘The first draft is just the start of the journey’

by Katie Smart Author Interviews, From Our Students

Sarah Linley studied on our 3-month online novel-writing course back in 2015 – now she has an eBook deal with HarperCollins. We caught up with Sarah to find out more about her time studying with us, her debut thriller and her approach to writing …  What was the first thing you did when you found out […]

01 August 2019

Kirsty Eyre: ‘comedy writing is an art in itself’

by Katie Smart Author Interviews, From Our Students

Kirsty Eyre took our London-based 3-month novel-writing course in 2017. Cow Girl, the novel she was working on with us has gone on to win the inaugural Comedy Women in Print Unpublished Prize and a publishing contract with HarperCollins. Here Kirsty talks comedy, writing tips and finding her trusted readers … You were working on your debut […]

30 July 2019

Allie Reynolds: ‘Keep revising and re-submitting’

by Katie Smart Author Interviews, From Our Students

We caught up with Allie to find out more about her experience studying with us, her book deal and how her former snowboarding career helped inspire the setting of her debut thriller …

25 July 2019

SD Sykes: ‘Give your main characters room to grow …’

by SD Sykes From Our Students, Writing Tips

SD Sykes (Sarah) was a student on our three-month novel-writing course in London back in 2012. Since then, she’s written four books in the ‘Somershill’ historical crime series, set in the aftermath of the Black Death. Her fourth novel in the series, The Bone Fire is published by Hodder and Stoughton.  Here she shares 6 […]

11 July 2019

Meet Sophie Jai our 70th former student with a major book deal!

by Katie Smart Author Interviews, From Our Students

It was only 11 months ago that we announced our 50th book deal, but we are thrilled to announce that Sophie Jai is now our 70th former student to get a book deal! We’re so incredibly proud of all of our students, and here’s to 70 more … Sophie has just finished our 6-month novel-writing course in London, […]

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