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From the Agents Posts

07 May 2020

Viola Hayden: ‘Give your manuscript to people you trust to read’

by Katie Smart From the Agents, Writing Tips

Viola Hayden joined Curtis Brown as an associate agent in Jonny Geller’s office after working in publishing at Cornerstone, Michael Joseph and most recently as a commissioning editor at Sphere, an imprint of Little, Brown. We caught up with Viola to find out more about her love of books, how she’s adapted to working from […]

30 April 2020

Cathryn Summerhayes: ‘It’s the eclectic nature of the job and of the authors you work with that make you fizz with excitement’

by Katie Smart From the Agents, Writing Tips

Cathryn Summerhayes re-joined Curtis Brown in September 2016 having started her literary agency career there as an intern in 2004. She represents an amazing list of clients including Dr Adam Kay, Naomi Wood, Kirsty Logan, Lisa Taddeo, Lucy Foley and Sir Ranulph Fiennes. Cathryn was named Literary Agent of the Year at the 2019 British Book Awards. […]

18 March 2020

Books to keep you company in self-isolation

by Katie Smart From the Agents

It’s important that we all take care of ourselves in this time of self-isolation. What better way to keep your spirits up than to read, read, read … From much needed comedy to comforting classics, sweeping fantasy and the latest must-reads, these recommendations from the literary agent teams at Curtis Brown and C&W will provide […]

25 February 2020

How to plan your novel in ten steps

by Jennifer Kerslake From the Agents, How To ..., Writing Tips

Every author will ultimately develop their own approach to planning and writing a novel and there’s certainly no one-size-fits-all solution. Nor is there a consensus among the professionals. If you’re wondering how to plan your own novel, here are ten steps to get you started.

06 February 2020

Nick Marston: ‘You have to be the client’s confidant – and give them confidence’

by Nick Marston Course News, From the Agents, Writing Tips

Nick Marston is the Chairman of Curtis Brown’s Theatre, TV and Film department. He’s been an agent here at Curtis Brown since 1997, representing an extraordinary array of screenwriters, directors and playwrights including Conor McPherson, Enda Walsh, Mark O’Rowe, Stuart Carolan, Eugene O’Brien, Hossein Amini and Rowan Joffe. Ahead of our first ever course in Writing an Original TV Drama Serial […]

23 January 2020

Elif Shafak and Jonny Geller: ‘You have to follow the story’

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

A very special component of our London-based novel-writing courses are the visiting speaker sessions where the literary agents from Curtis Brown and C&W come in with major authors or leading publishers to talk to the student group. These evening events give our students a great chance to find out about the reality of publishing and […]

16 January 2020

How to start writing a novel

by Anna Davis From the Agents, How To ..., Writing Tips

Have you been mulling over a good story idea for years but failing to actually get it started? Or perhaps you’re putting words down but feeling unsure of what you’re doing and where you’re headed with it? Writing a novel can be exciting and hugely satisfying, but at times it can feel like an impossibly […]

12 December 2019

Author Elizabeth Lee and her agent Lucy Morris on their passion for Cunning Women

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

We are thrilled for Elizabeth Lee, our 79th student to get a major book deal. Liz was awarded the Marian Keyes scholarship to study on our six-month online novel-writing course. After completing the course, Curtis Brown’s Lucy Morris fell in love with her novel, Cunning Women, a searing story of forbidden love and the curtailing […]

31 October 2019

Frighteningly good books for Halloween

by Katie Smart From the Agents

When the wind is howling and you feel the crunch of leaves underfoot there’s nothing quite like escaping the cold and opting for a different type of chill – by getting your teeth stuck into creepy ghost stories (and maybe some sweets) … To help you get in the Halloween spirit we asked the book […]

27 September 2019

Announcing the Curtis Brown First Novel Prize Longlist

by Curtis Brown 120 Curtis Brown 120, Events, From the Agents

We are delighted to announce the longlist for the Curtis Brown First Novel Prize. We received 3,000 submissions from across the UK & Ireland. We were so impressed by the standard of the submissions; it was truly difficult to choose our longlist. After many weeks of reading, our judging team narrowed the longlist to these […]

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