From Our Students Posts

07 March 2019

Jenny Pearson: ‘Get yourself a writing group’

by Katie Smart Author Interviews, From Our Students

Former Writing YA and Children’s Fiction course student Jenny Pearson has received a three book deal from Usborne (after an eight way auction!) for her debut middle grade novel – The Super Miraculous Journey of Freddie Yates – which will be published in 2020. Here Jenny talks about the importance of finding your writing tribe, perseverance, and what she […]

06 March 2019

7 tips on fantasy novel worldbuilding

by Michelle Kenney From Our Students, Writing Tips

Michelle Kenney is the author of the Book of Fire Trilogy, a dystopian YA Lit series published by HarperCollins HQDigital. Michelle took our Writing YA and Children’s Fiction course back in 2015 with the inspirational Catherine Johnson. Here she explains her approach to fantasy worldbuilding … I should probably confess at the outset that I’m very […]

04 March 2019

Meet Frances Quinn, the 60th former CBC student to get a book deal

by Katie Smart Author Interviews, From Our Students

Frances Quinn is our 60th former student to land a publishing deal (it was only in the summer of 2018 that we announced our 50th former student with a book deal!). She was a student on our 6-Month Novel-Writing course in London back in 2014 – and at the end of the course Frances gained […]

28 February 2019

YA and children’s fiction authors who’ve taken our writing courses

by Katie Smart Course News, From Our Students

We’ve been running creative writing courses from Curtis Brown’s offices in London since 2011 – our selective-entry novel-writing courses are at the heart of what we do, and we’re really proud of our students’ achievements. From discovering fresh voices and helping them to get the best out of their novels – to guiding authors through practical aspects of the industry – […]

21 February 2019

Author Nikki Smith and agent Sophie Lambert on the importance of trust & ambition

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

Nikki Smith took not one but three Curtis Brown Creative writing courses back in 2017, starting with two of our 6-week online courses before applying to and then securing a place on our 3-month online novel-writing course. Nikki initially ‘met’ her agent – C& W’s Sophie Lambert – during an online agent feedback session on this longer course and decided to […]

07 February 2019

HW Fisher novel-writing scholar Louise McCreesh gets a book deal

by Katie Smart Author Interviews, From Our Students

Louise McCreesh was awarded the HW Fisher Scholarship in 2016, giving her a fully-paid place on our 3-month novel-writing course in London. Her novel stood out to the CBC team for its unique narrative voice, which powerfully expressed the mental frailty and anxiety suffered by many of us – and which deployed that voice in […]

16 November 2018

Read your way into editing your novel

by Rachael Blok From Our Students, Writing Tips

Debut author Rachael Blok shares her tips for editing your novel and how reading other novels will help you with finishing your own.

12 November 2018

5 tips on writing historical fiction for younger readers

by Ann-Marie Howell From Our Students, Writing Tips

Author Anne-Marie Howell (the 50th CBC student to get a major book deal) shares her top tips on writing historical fiction for young readers.

08 November 2018

Celebrating 55 commercial publishing deals for our former students

by Katie Smart Course News, From Our Students

It was only this summer that we announced the 50th former CBC student  to gain a major publishing deal. In just a few short months we have received news of a further five exciting deals for our alumni – some of them brokered at the recent Frankfurt Book Fair – a major annual trade fair […]

26 October 2018

How to write a suspenseful scene for Halloween

by Katie Smart From Our Students, Writing Tips

Suspense isn’t purely the domain of  horror, thrillers and ghost stories – it’s something every novelist should know how to create, and should deploy at key moments of tension in their story. As All Hallows’ Eve approaches, we thought it would be a good time to share with you some creepy, suspenseful scenes written by budding novelists […]

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