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From Our Students Posts

18 November 2020

#Deskoveries | Writing desk round-up

by Discoveries Discoveries, From Our Students

CBC and Curtis Brown are proud to be partnering with the Women’s Prize Trust and NatWest to create Discoveries, a writing development prize and programme that offers aspiring female authors of all ages and backgrounds encouragement and support at the beginning of their creative journeys. Last week we asked the Twitter writing community where they like to […]

10 November 2020

Five tips: How reading helps you write historical fiction

by Caroline Beecham From Our Students, Writing Tips

Caroline Beecham studied on our six-month online Writing Your Novel course in 2015 and has gone on to write three novels. Caroline is currently working on a fourth novel for publication in 2022, as well as adapting her first novel Maggie’s Kitchen as a drama series. Here Caroline talks about the power of reading and […]

02 November 2020

Katie Hutton: ‘Write every day. Don’t worry about how good or bad it is…’

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

Katie Hutton was a student on our six-week online Edit & Pitch Your Novel course in 2016. Her debut The Gypsy Bride was published by Bonnier Zaffre earlier this year. Read on to find out about Katie’s time studying online with CBC and what inspires her to write historical fiction… You took our online Edit & Pitch Your […]

27 October 2020

CBC student Julie Ma wins the Richard & Judy Search For A Bestseller Competition

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

Julie Ma studied on our three-month online Writing Your Novel course back in 2014, since then she’s returned to take some of our other online courses including our popular ‘How to Write Your Novel’ series. We were delighted to hear the news that her debut Happy Families won this year’s Richard and Judy Search For […]

22 October 2020

Author Bonnie Garmus & agent Felicity Blunt on Lessons in Chemistry

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

Last week, during the publishing industry’s first ever virtual Frankfurt Book Fair, we received some spectacular news – former novel-writing student Bonnie Garmus was the talk of the fair! Bonnie’s agent, Curtis Brown’s Felicity Blunt, sold Lessons in Chemistry (which she worked on with us) to Doubleday in a massive 16-way auction, and by the […]

01 October 2020

How to write a novel with dual timelines

by Ella Berman From Our Students, How To ..., Writing Tips

Ella Berman studied on one of our three-month novel-writing courses in 2016. Her debut novel The Comeback was published by Berkley in August this year and has been well-received – it was also selected as an August fiction pick for NBC’s Today Show. Read on to find out what tips and tricks Ella used to write this compelling […]

09 September 2020

Meet Clarissa Angus, winner of The Adam Kay Scholarship for Black Writers

by Katie Smart Author Interviews, Events, From Our Students

We’re pleased to announce that Clarissa Angus has been awarded The Adam Kay Scholarship for Black Writers for her novel-in-progress Duppy Season. Clarissa has won a fully-funded place on our Three-Month Online Novel-Writing course taught by Suzannah Dunn. We are so grateful to Adam Kay for providing the full fee for Clarissa to join this online course. The […]

02 September 2020

Mignon Bravo Dutt: ‘Believe in yourself and don’t listen to naysayers’

by Katie Smart Author Interviews, From Our Students

Mignon Bravo Dutt was a student on our six-week online Edit & Pitch Your Novel course in 2019. Her debut The Rosales House was published by Penguin Random House SEA earlier this year. Read on to find out about Mignon’s time studying online with CBC and the inspiration behind her debut novel … You took our online Edit […]

26 August 2020

Aliya Ali-Afzal: ‘I can’t wait to hold a real, physical copy of my book’

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

Aliya Ali-Afzal joined us for a Three-Month Novel-Writing course in 2013. Now she has an exciting two-book deal with Head of Zeus. We caught up with Aliya to find out more about her debut novel Would I Lie to You? and to discover her secret writing fuel (magnums!). You took our Three-Month Novel-Writing course in […]

19 August 2020

Polly Phillips: ‘Write what you enjoy and don’t be afraid to be yourself’

by Katie Smart Author Interviews, From Our Students

Polly Phillips was a student on our inaugural six-week online Write to the End of Your Novel course in 2019. Her debut thriller My Best Friend’s Murder was recently acquired by Simon & Schuster and will be published next year. Read on to find out about Polly’s time studying online with CBC and the inspiration behind her […]

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