From Our Students 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.

12 September 2018

Introducing the Marian Keyes Novel-Writing Scholar

by Katie Smart From Our Students, Our Courses

We are thrilled to announce that Liz Xifaras is the winner of the Marian Keyes Novel-Writing Scholarship. Liz has joined the 6-month online novel-writing course, taught by Lisa O’Donnell, which kicked-off this week. We received over 200 applications, the most that we’ve ever had for a scholarship place, and competition was hot! We are immensely grateful to everyone who […]

03 August 2018

Dawn Goodwin: ‘the course fuelled my motivation to finish the novel’

by Dawn Goodwin From Our Students, Guest Blog

Dawn Goodwin studied on the very first of our online writing courses in 2013 – alongside fellow novelists Alice Clark-Platts and Catherine Bennetto. Her debut novel The Accident a gripping psychological thriller was published last year by Head of Zeus imprint Aria. Here Dawn discusses how the CBC course helped her to finish that first novel and then go on to write her second thriller The Pupil  (published […]

03 August 2018

Writing female friendships: ‘the best relationships in fiction are hard won’

by Jo Jakeman From Our Students, Guest Blog, Opinion

Jo Jakeman studied on our six-month online novel-writing course in the spring of 2016, taught by CBC veteran Lisa O’Donnell. Her debut novel Stick and Stones was snapped up at auction by Harvill Secker in a high-profile deal, and came out in hardback on July 12th. Sticks and Stones is a thriller centered on three very different women all […]

18 July 2018

Former CBC student’s novel to be published by Dialogue Books

by Katie Smart Author Interviews, From Our Students, Student Successes

Angela Chadwick was a student on our 6-month online novel-writing course in 2015. Angela’s debut novel XX was one of Sharmaine Lovegroves’ first acquisitions for the new Little, Brown imprint, Dialogue Books, and will be published in hardback and ebook this October. XX follows a lesbian couple who take part in the first trial of ovum to ovum fertilisation. […]

05 July 2018

Six tips for writing romantic comedy for the modern reader

by Catherine Bennetto From Our Students, Guest Blog, Writing Tips

Catherine Bennetto was a student on our first ever online novel-writing course in autumn 2013, and after the course she gained representation from CB’s Alice Lutyens. Her debut novel How Not to Fall in Love, Actually was published as an e-book and then in paperback (S&S), and took a fresh, laugh-out-loud look at contemporary romance. Her second novel, Make Or Break, is out […]

05 July 2018

Five things I’ve learnt about writing a psychological thriller

by Heidi Perks From Our Students, Guest Blog, Student Successes, Writing Tips

Heidi Perks took our online novel-writing course back in 2013, and after impressively self-publishing her debut Beneath the Surface in 2016, her second psychological thriller, Now You See Her, was bought by Century in a major deal. Here she shares five important lessons she’s learnt about writing psychological thrillers … One of the very first things I remember my CBC tutor, Chris […]

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 […]

15 June 2018

How writer Rachel Marks hooked her agent, Alice Lutyens

by Katie Smart Author Interviews, From Our Students, From the Agents, 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 and Catherine Bennetto. Rachel’s novel, The […]

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