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From Our Students Posts

24 June 2021

Selali Fiamanya wins the Borough Press open submission competition

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

Selali Fiamanya was a student on our inaugural Breakthrough Novel-Writing Course for Black Writers at the start of the year. We were thrilled to hear that his debut novel Between the Train and The Platform will be published by Borough Press following his win of their open submission competition. We caught up with Selali to […]

23 June 2021

Tina Orr Munro: ‘I wanted to delve deeper into my character’s life and really test her’

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

Tina Orr Munro studied on our six-month online Writing Your Novel course back in 2017. Tina is a journalist, specialising in writing about policing and security. In another life, she was a police scenes of crime officer. We were thrilled to hear the news earlier this month that her agent Lucy Morris (Curtis Brown) has […]

10 June 2021

Meet Sakura Matsushima & Kwan Ann Tan, our Elizabeth Zott novel-writing scholars

by Katie Smart Course News, From Our Students

We’re pleased to introduce the two talented writers that have been awarded the Elizabeth Zott Novel-Writing Scholarships for writers of colour. Sakura Matsushima has won a free place on our three-month online Writing Your Novel course for her brilliantly compelling novel-in-progress Makuno-uchi Bento. Kwan Ann Tan has won a free place on our six-month online […]

27 April 2021

Heather Darwent: ‘The edit is where the real magic happens’

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

Heather Darwent has studied on two of our online courses; our six-week Edit & Pitch Your Novel course and our selective three-month Writing Your Novel course. We were excited to hear the recent news of her book deal, her debut thriller The Things We Do to Our Friends is to be published by Viking in 2023. […]

20 April 2021

Sue Divin: ‘Give yourself permission to fit your writing around what works for you’

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

Sue Divin was a student on our six-week online Edit & Pitch Your Novel course back in 2018. The novel she worked on during the course – Guard Your Heart – is out now from Macmillan. We caught up with Sue to find out more about her time on the course, her approach to writing […]

14 April 2021

#ChooseBookshops | New fiction from our novel-writing alumni

by Katie Smart From Our Students

In honour of bookshops re-opening their doors in England and Wales this week we’ve collated a selection of recently published must-read debuts by our talented former students. Whether you’re heading out to support your local bookshop or continuing to shop online don’t forget to add one of these page-turners to your basket! Tall Bones by […]

12 April 2021

Claire Alexander: ‘Make a commitment to yourself to write every day’

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

Claire Alexander wrote her debut novel Meredith, Alone during our six-week online How to Write Your Novel course series (Starting to Write Your Novel, Write to the End of Your Novel and Edit & Pitch Your Novel). The book was recently pre-empted by Michael Joseph in a major six-figure deal and rights have also been […]

06 April 2021

Damhnait Monaghan: ‘Keep polishing until your prose sparkles’

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

Damhnait Monaghan studied on our six-month online Writing Your Novel course back in 2014. Her debut novel New Girl in Little Cove is out now in Canada (HarperCollins) and will be published in the UK and US next month. We caught up with Damhnait to talk about the writing community she met on our course, […]

30 March 2021

Emilia Hart: ‘If it doesn’t convince you as the writer, it won’t convince the reader’

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

Emilia Hart was a student on our three-month Writing Your Novel course in 2020. After the course she gained representation from Curtis Brown’s Felicity Blunt. Felicity sold Emilia’s debut Weyward to Borough Press in an exciting 48-hour pre-empt deal, it will be published in spring 2023. We’re thrilled to say that Emilia is now our 125th former […]

25 March 2021

Siya Turabi: ‘Try to write something every day even if it’s just for fifteen minutes’

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

Siya Turabi was a student on our three-month Writing Your Novel course in 2018 – she was part of a hugely supportive group of students which included Bonnie Garmus, who has also gained a book deal for her novel Lessons in Chemistry. Siya’s debut novel The Last Beekeeper will be published by One More Chapter (HarperCollins) […]

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