From Our Students Posts

25 March 2020

Tim Adler: ‘The great thing about being a novelist is that it’s a form of self-therapy’

by Katie Smart Author Interviews, From Our Students

Tim Adler worked on his crime thriller Dead Already with us on our London-based novel-writing course. Dead Already is set to be published this June by the independent crime and horror publishing house Caffeine Nights. We found out more about Tim’s time on the course and his approach to crime writing … You were a […]

23 March 2020

When your debut novel launches in a pandemic

by Clare Pooley From Our Students

Clare Pooley took our three-month novel-writing course in London in 2018, where she worked on her debut novel The Authenticity Project with tutor Charlotte Mendelson. Within months of finishing the course, she gained representation and a major book deal for her debut novel, which was sold to Transworld in the UK and Penguin Random House in the […]

16 March 2020

Cecilia Lyra: ‘The two main ingredients are: a strong voice and a high-stakes central conflict’

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

Cecilia Lyra took our online novel-writing course with Lisa O’Donnell in 2014. Now Cecilia has a two-book deal with Bookouture. Her debut novel The Sunset Sisters has already been a number one bestseller in Germany and we’re excited for it to be published in the UK. As well as being an author Cecilia is a […]

11 March 2020

Loraine Peck: ‘It amazes me daily that I’m a writer now’

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

Loraine Peck developed her debut crime novel on our online novel-writing course, and subsequently secured representation with Curtis Brown’s Alice Lutyens and Curtis Brown Australia’s Pippa Masson. Loraine now has an exciting two-book deal with Australian publishing house Text – The Second Son will be published in February 2021. We caught up with Loraine to […]

09 March 2020

Five things I’ve learnt from my writing groups

by Eleni Kyriacou From Our Students, Writing Tips

Eleni Kyriacou worked on her debut novel She Came To Stay on one of our three-month novel-writing courses in London. Set among the glittering, grimy streets of Soho during the Great Smog of 1952, it’s a compelling tale of friendship, rivalry and lies. During the ten years she’s been writing fiction, Eleni’s been a member […]

05 March 2020

Adam Simcox: ‘feedback is a huge part of writing and publishing a novel’

by Katie Smart Author Interviews, From Our Students

Adam Simcox is our 81st former student with a publishing deal. He has an exciting three-book deal for his supernatural crime series from Gollancz. Adam is also one half of our first-ever published alumni married couple! His wife Kirsty Eyre’s debut novel Cow Girl is set to be published by HarperCollins later this year. They […]

06 February 2020

Six ways to build suspense

by Jenny Quintana From Our Students, Writing Tips

Jenny Quintana worked on her debut novel The Missing Girl on one of our London novel-writing courses. This debut went on to be named the Waterstones Thriller of the Month for July 2018. Her highly anticipated second novel Our Dark Secret is a gripping tale of the lasting damage caused by an obsessive teenage friendship. […]

31 January 2020

Charlotte Northedge: ‘Get a first draft finished. It doesn’t have to be perfect …’

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

We are ecstatic to share the news of our 80th former student with a publishing deal! Charlotte Northedge studied with us in London in 2015 and was part of a lively group of novel-writing students which included Ella Dove – whose debut novel Five Steps to Happy was published by Trapeze last year. Now Charlotte’s […]

23 January 2020

Highly anticipated alumni debut novels of 2020

by Katie Smart 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. Since the very first CBC course in 2011 over 75 of our students have gone on to get major publishing deals. We’re thrilled to share twelve exciting debut novels from our alumni which are to […]

12 December 2019

Author Elizabeth Lee and her agent Lucy Morris on their passion for Cunning Women

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

We are thrilled for Elizabeth Lee, our 79th student to get a major book deal. Liz was awarded the Marian Keyes scholarship to study on our six-month online novel-writing course. After completing the course, Curtis Brown’s Lucy Morris fell in love with her novel, Cunning Women, a searing story of forbidden love and the curtailing […]

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