From the Agents Posts

21 April 2022

Author Alex Hay & agent Alice Lutyens on The Housekeepers

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

Alex Hay (pictured left) was a student on our three-month Writing Your Novel course in 2015. So far, 2022 has been a brilliant, monumental year for Alex’s writing journey! He was awarded the 2022 Caledonia Novel Award, for his unpublished debut heist novel The Housekeepers. After winning the award he went on to sign with Caledonia judge […]

03 February 2022

#WriteCBC tip and task from Joanna Lee

by Katie Smart Events, From the Agents, Writing Tips

Welcome to our February edition of #WriteCBC, our monthly Twitter competition. I hope you’re ready to be inspired by our latest writing challenge! If you haven’t taken part in a #WriteCBC competition before, we’re excited to welcome you to our writing community – and you can quickly get up to speed by reading this blog with […]

26 January 2022

Advice on editing and submitting your novel

by Katie Smart Author Interviews, From the Agents, Writing Tips

Last week our founder and Director Anna Davis took to Twitter to answer your burning questions about writing and publishing – from advising you on how best to approach literary agents to discussing the current book market. It was clear from your questions that many of you are aiming to submit your novel to agents […]

25 January 2022

How to make your memoir submission stand out

by Abby Parsons From the Agents, Writing Tips

The craft of writing a memoir is all about turning your life experiences into a compelling narrative – but how can you make sure your personal story captures the attention of a literary agent?  I asked some of the agents at Curtis Brown and C&W about their top tips for writers getting ready to submit their memoir or proposal, the dos and don’ts, and the memoirs that they’ve read and loved.   […]

12 January 2022

Final advice from the Discoveries 2022 judges

by Discoveries Author Interviews, Discoveries, From the Agents, Writing Tips

CBC and Curtis Brown are proud to be partnering with the Women’s Prize Trust and Audible to run Discoveries, a writing development prize and programme, which offers practical support and encouragement to aspiring female novelists of all ages and backgrounds, from across the UK and Ireland. The final week for you to send in your submission to […]

05 January 2022

Jess Molloy: ‘I’m looking for stories with big heart and emotionally accessible characters’

by Discoveries Discoveries, From the Agents, Writing Tips

We caught up with Jess Molloy to find out more about what it is like working at a literary agency, what she enjoys reading and her advice for writers submitting to Discoveries 2022.

15 December 2021

Rosie Pierce: ‘I am always looking for storytelling that is led by a fresh and confident voice’

by Discoveries Discoveries, From the Agents, Writing Tips

Rosie Pierce joined Curtis Brown in 2018, after working in the editorial department of an independent publisher in Edinburgh. She currently works alongside Felicity Blunt and is also building her own list of authors. Rosie is also one of the team working behind the scenes on Discoveries 2022, and is a reader for the prize.

03 November 2021

Lucy Morris: ‘I am always drawn to clever observation and inventive storytelling’

by Discoveries Discoveries, From the Agents, Writing Tips

This week the Discoveries team talk books and writing advice with Curtis Brown literary agent Lucy Morris. Lucy is on the Discoveries 2022 judging panel – she will be joined by chair of judges and founder of the Women’s Prize Kate Mosse, acclaimed authors Ayisha Malik and Irenosen Okojie, and CBC’s founder Anna Davis.

12 August 2021

Camilla Young: ‘I want to be pitched something that I’ve never seen before’

by Jennifer Kerslake From the Agents, Screenwriting, Writing Tips

Camilla Young is an agent working in Curtis Brown’s Theatre, Film and TV department. Her clients include Dolly Alderton, Kevin Barry, Joss Agnew and Emma Jane Unsworth. Camilla is one of the agents involved in our our eighteen-week Writing an Original TV Drama Serial course. We caught up with Camilla to find out how she got […]

28 July 2021

Writing children’s fiction: Advice from author Penny Chrimes and literary agent Lisa Babalis

by Abby Parsons Author Interviews, From the Agents, Writing Tips

Earlier this month, we hosted a webinar with Curtis Brown literary agent Lisa Babalis and her client and former CBC student Penny Chrimes. These special webinars are an exclusive component of our Writing YA & Children’s Fiction course, and they give our students the chance to discover more about finding an agent and the publishing process. Since finishing […]

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