From Our Students Posts

13 June 2019

Julia Armfield’s 6 top tips for writing short stories

by Julia Armfield From Our Students, Writing Tips

Julia Armfield studied on our second-ever London-based novel-writing course in 2011 – along with Kate Hamer, James Hannah, Annabelle Thorpe and Tim Glencross, to name just a few. Julia was the youngest on the course – and, at a mere 21, one of the youngest students we’ve had full-stop! Her mesmerising short story collection Salt Slow was recently published by Picador. Her debut novel will follow […]

06 June 2019

Ella Berman: ‘I always try to find the humour wherever I can’

by Katie Smart Author Interviews, From Our Students

Ella Berman studied novel-writing with us in London on a 3-month course in 2016. Now she’s our 63rd former student with a book deal! Her debut novel The Comeback will be published in the US by Berkley in 2020. We caught up with Ella to find out more about her time on the course and her […]

03 June 2019

Neema Shah: ‘Write something you feel passionate about’

by Katie Smart Author Interviews, From Our Students

You can often find Neema Shah taking part in our monthly Twitter writing competition #WriteCBC (first Thursday of every month), last year she won one of the monthly challenges and was awarded a place on our Edit & Pitch Your Novel 6-week online course. Now she has a two book deal with Picador! Read on to […]

23 May 2019

Meet our latest HW Fisher Novel-Writing Scholar

by Katie Smart Events, From Our Students

We’re pleased to announce that Emma Harding has been awarded the HW Fisher Scholarship for her novel-in-progress When I Love You I am Sick. Emma has won a fully-funded place on our 3-month novel-writing course taught by Charlotte Mendelson in London. Emma is the seventh talented writer of limited financial means to study on one of our selective entry London-based creative […]

22 May 2019

Writing Advice to My Younger Self

by Hannah Mary McKinnon From Our Students, Writing Tips

Hannah Mary McKinnon was born in the U.K., grew up in Switzerland and moved to Canada in 2010. After a successful career in recruitment, she quit the corporate world in favor of writing. Hannah took our six-month online novel-writing course back in 2014. Her third novel Her Secret Son will be published next week, to celebrate Hannah shares with […]

18 April 2019

Lizzie Mary Cullen: ‘I’ve always loved storytelling through my illustration’

by Jack Hadley From Our Students

Lizzie Mary Cullen is a multi award-winning illustrator, speaker and artist based in London, as well as a member of the AOI (Association of Illustrators). Last year she took part in our inaugural online Writing and Illustrating a Picture Book course, written and presented by Sarah McIntyre and David O’Connell.  We interviewed Lizzie for the AOI website about the challenges […]

10 April 2019

Christina Pishiris: ‘I didn’t realise how important it was to have regular feedback’

by Katie Smart Author Interviews, From Our Students

Christina Pishiris studied on our Autumn 2012 novel-writing course in London, alongside fellow published alumni Lisa Williamson (author of YA bestseller The Art of Being Normal), James Hall (The Industry of Happiness),  Maria Realf (The One) and Fiona Perrin (The Story After Us). Christina’s debut Love Song For Sceptics – the novel she worked on during the course – is set to be published […]

03 April 2019

Celebrating three novel-writing scholarship winners with book deals

by Katie Smart Events, From Our Students

At Curtis Brown Creative we are committed to championing talented writers and helping them to get the best out of their novels. We are thrilled to be able to find a writers through scholarship programs who we might not otherwise have heard from. Over the past year three of our novel-writing scholarship winners have gone on to get […]

02 April 2019

Science Fiction author Greg Chivers interviews himself

by Greg Chivers Author Interviews, From Our Students, Writing Tips

We caught up with Greg Chivers* to talk about his novel The Crying Machine (HarperVoyager) which is coming out on April 4th. He wrote it while participating in our 3-month London-based course with Charlotte Mendelson. Tell us about your novel in a way that looks like it’s imparting valuable knowledge to all the aspiring authors who’ll be reading this. […]

26 March 2019

The science behind Susan Hurley’s biotech thriller

by Katie Smart Author Interviews, From Our Students

Susan Hurley took our 6-month online novel-writing course back in 2016. Her debut novel (and the novel she worked on during the course) Eight Lives is out now in Australia, published by Affirm Press. We caught up with Susan to find out more about the science behind her biotech thriller and her writing techniques … You […]

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