From Our Students Posts

09 May 2018

Researching your historical novel: 6 Key Points

by James Hall From Our Students, Guest Blog, Opinion, Student Successes

James Hall took our London based novel-writing course in 2012, and his debut novel, The Industry of Human Happiness (Lightning Books), is set in the murky backstage world of late-Victorian theatreland. It lovingly depicts the early years of recorded music in turn-of-the-century London. James offers us some insights on how he approached the research for his book, a key question for anyone writing […]

26 April 2018

Using writing tasks and prompts to get through writer’s block

by Katie Smart From Our Students, Writing Tips

Students of our 6-week online courses: Starting to Write Your Novel and Write to the End of Your Novel with Curtis Brown Creative MD Anna Davis get lots of helpful tips and tricks geared towards writers stuck in at various points of their novel faced with the dreaded (yet infamously inevitable) writer’s block. Throughout the courses Anna sets a number […]

19 April 2018

Jessica Jarlvi: ‘you only need one agent to believe in you’

by Katie Smart Author Interviews, From Our Students, Novels by CBC Alumni, Student Successes

Jessica Jarlvi completed our online six month novel writing course back in 2016. After this Jessica became one of the 2016 winners of the Montegrappa Prize for First Fiction, and shortly after she signed a book deal with Head of Zeus imprint Aria.  Her debut novel, the psychological thriller When I Wake Up is available now in paperback. Her second […]

12 April 2018

Our 41st student to get a publishing deal: ‘Never give up no matter how hard it gets’

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

We’re SO happy to be able to say that Lesley Sanderson is now our 41st student to get a commercial publishing deal! (The very lovely) Lesley was a student on our London-based Six-Month Novel-Writing Course back in 2015. She’s just signed a contract with Bookouture for her psychological thriller, The Orchid Girls, plus one further novel. […]

04 April 2018

Meet the 40th CBC student to get a publishing deal: Greg Chivers

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

We’re thrilled to introduce Greg Chivers, who has just become the 40th former Curtis Brown Creative student to get a book deal! He’s signed with Voyager, the science fiction imprint of HarperCollins. We caught up with Greg to talk about his novel The Crying Machine and how he spent his time getting it ready for publication after completing […]

29 March 2018

Finding your trusted readers: What you can get from a CBC course

by Katie Smart From Our Students, Our Courses, Student Successes

Andrea Barton took one of our online Creative Writing Courses, along with fellow course mates, Sarah Linhart and Sarah Hawthorn, with whom she has formed a lasting ‘Pen Pals Writing Group’. Recently they caught up to discuss their experiences studying with CBC … Andrea Barton: I was stuck. I’d written several complete manuscripts but agents had showed […]

21 March 2018

Five pitfalls to avoid as a new author  

by Maria Realf From Our Students, Guest Blog, Student Successes, Writing Tips

Want to boost your chances of getting that book deal? Then steer clear of these common mistakes. Here are five pitfalls that new authors should avoid, as told by author and Curtis Brown Creative Novel-Writing Course alumna, Maria Realf. Don’t try to second-guess the market It may seem tempting to write for the genre du jour, but […]

16 March 2018

When your book-writing leads to book-keeping …

by Jenny Quintana From Our Students, Guest Blog, Opinion,

Jenny Quintana studied on one of CBC’s London-based creative writing courses, and now her debut novel, The Missing Girl has been published by Mantle in the UK – with German, Italian and audio rights also sold. All great news – but publishing deals come with new responsibilities, and – like many authors before her – Jenny soon realised […]

16 March 2018

How to get through the first draft of your novel

by Hannah Mary McKinnon From Our Students, Guest Blog, Novels by CBC Alumni, Student Successes, Writing Tips

Hannah Mary McKinnon took one of our online creative writing courses, and is now a published author with her second novel,  The Neighbours, newly launched in the US, UK – and Canada, where she lives. Hannah has been one of our most positive and persevering students, and she brings these qualities very much to bear […]

08 March 2018

‘Dream. Come. True.’ – published ex-CBC-student Jo Jakeman

by Anna Davis From Our Students, Novels by CBC Alumni, Student Successes

Jo Jakeman took one of our online creative writing courses in 2016. Now she has a three-book deal with Harvill Secker (part of Penguin Random House), and her first novel – Sticks and Stones – comes out in July of this year. We talked to her about her novel, her time on the Curtis Brown […]

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