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From Our Students Posts

09 September 2020

Meet Clarissa Angus, winner of The Adam Kay Scholarship for Black Writers

by Katie Smart Author Interviews, Events, From Our Students

We’re pleased to announce that Clarissa Angus has been awarded The Adam Kay Scholarship for Black Writers for her novel-in-progress Duppy Season. Clarissa has won a fully-funded place on our Three-Month Online Novel-Writing course taught by Suzannah Dunn. We are so grateful to Adam Kay for providing the full fee for Clarissa to join this online course. The […]

02 September 2020

Mignon Bravo Dutt: ‘Believe in yourself and don’t listen to naysayers’

by Katie Smart Author Interviews, From Our Students

Mignon Bravo Dutt was a student on our six-week online Edit & Pitch Your Novel course in 2019. Her debut The Rosales House was published by Penguin Random House SEA earlier this year. Read on to find out about Mignon’s time studying online with CBC and the inspiration behind her debut novel … You took our online Edit […]

26 August 2020

Aliya Ali-Afzal: ‘I can’t wait to hold a real, physical copy of my book’

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

Aliya Ali-Afzal joined us for a Three-Month Novel-Writing course in 2013. Now she has an exciting two-book deal with Head of Zeus. We caught up with Aliya to find out more about her debut novel Would I Lie to You? and to discover her secret writing fuel (magnums!). You took our Three-Month Novel-Writing course in […]

19 August 2020

Polly Phillips: ‘Write what you enjoy and don’t be afraid to be yourself’

by Katie Smart Author Interviews, From Our Students

Polly Phillips was a student on our inaugural six-week online Write to the End of Your Novel course in 2019. Her debut thriller My Best Friend’s Murder was recently acquired by Simon & Schuster and will be published next year. Read on to find out about Polly’s time studying online with CBC and the inspiration behind her […]

28 July 2020

Cynthia Murphy: ‘I knew that I wanted to write something scary but also fun’

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

We’re over the moon to share the news that Cynthia Murphy is our 100th former student with a major publishing deal. In honour of this huge milestone, we’ve got lots of exciting celebratory content coming your way, so please join us on social media by following the hashtag: #CBC100Authors! (Twitter @cbcreative and Instagram @curtisbrowncreative) Cynthia […]

15 July 2020

Meet Rachel Driscoll, our Write From Home Scholar

by Katie Smart Author Interviews, Course News, From Our Students

We’re pleased to announce that Rachel Driscoll has been awarded the Write From Home Scholarship for her novel-in-progress His Name is Oskar. Rachel has won a fully-funded place on our Three-Month Online Novel-Writing course taught by Andrew Michael Hurley. At CBC we were captivated by Rachel’s unique narrator – Darkness itself. We’re thrilled to have her on board for […]

09 July 2020

Philippa Swan: ‘Write about something that intrigues or confuses you’

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

We talk to former Edit & Pitch Your Novel student Philippa Swan about writing routines and her debut novel The Night of All Souls.

02 July 2020

#WriteCBC tip and task from Kirsty Eyre

by Anna Davis Events, From Our Students, Writing Tips

Inject humour into your writing with this #WriteCBC tip and task from Kirsty Eyre, author of the Comedy Women In Print prize-winning novel Cow Girl.

26 June 2020

Michael Mann: ‘I wanted to write a book with a mixed-race hero, who was half-something, like I am’

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

Michael Mann took online Writing YA & Children’s Fiction course in 2018. After taking the course he became a client of Curtis Brown agent Stephanie Thwaites and now he has an exciting book deal with Hachette Children’s for his debut middle grade novel Ghostcloud. Read on to find out about Michael’s ‘messy’ excel spreadsheet (used […]

25 June 2020

Kirsty Eyre’s top tips for writing comedy: ‘You want people to laugh, not cringe’

by Kirsty Eyre From Our Students, Writing Tips

Kirsty Eyre took our London-based Three-Month Novel-Writing course in 2017.  Cow Girl – the novel she worked on with us that went on to be awarded the inaugural Comedy Women in Print Unpublished Prize in 2019 – is out now. Kirsty shares some of her top tips for writing comedy and talks about her journey from first draft to publication. […]

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