From Our Students Posts

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 Cow Girl, the novel she was working on with us has gone on to win the inaugural Comedy Women in Print Unpublished Prize and a publishing contract with HarperCollins.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

Allie Reynolds took all three of our 6-week online novel-writing courses. Her debut novel Shiver was scooped up by Headline in a 10-way book auction and has already sold in several territories – including to Penguin in the US and HarperCollins in Germany. We caught up with Allie to find out more about her experience studying with us, […]

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, […]

11 July 2019

Charlotte Philby: ‘Writing fiction can be hugely therapeutic’

by Katie Smart Author Interviews, From Our Students

Charlotte Philby’s debut spy thriller The Most Difficult Thing is out now from Borough Press. She starting working on her early version of this novel on two of our six-week online novel-writing courses (Starting to Write Your Novel and Write to the End of Your Novel). We asked Charlotte more about her experience of the course what motivates […]

03 July 2019

Ruth Kvarnström-Jones: ‘a painful rejection may only last a day …’

by Katie Smart Author Interviews, From Our Students

Ruth Kvarnström-Jones is a British-Swedish author, she studied on our three-month online novel-writing course in 2018 and now she has a three-book deal with Printz Publishing for her historical trilogy Halleholm. The first novel in the series is set to be published in 2020.  We found out more about Ruth’s approach to writing and her experience of studying online […]

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 […]

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