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From the Agents Posts

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 […]

13 May 2021

Ciara Finan: ‘Clarity, conciseness and confidence. A pitch letter shouldn’t be long and rambling…’

by Katie Smart From the Agents, Writing Tips

Ciara Finan joined Curtis Brown in 2018 and currently assists top literary agent Jonny Geller. She is also currently accepting fiction submissions. We caught up with Ciara 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 agents to the […]

03 February 2021

Author Hiron Ennes & agent Alexander Cochran on Leech

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

Hiron Ennes (pictured left) was a student on our six-month Writing Your Novel course in 2017. Hiron used their time on the course to work on a fascinating science fiction novel unlike anything we’d ever seen. After the course they gained representation from C&W’s Alexander Cochran (pictured right). We were delighted to start 2021 with […]

13 January 2021

Ten tips for writing dialogue

by Discoveries Discoveries, From the Agents, Writing Tips

CBC and Curtis Brown are proud to be partnering with the Women’s Prize Trust and NatWest to create Discoveries, a writing development prize and programme that offers aspiring female authors of all ages and backgrounds encouragement and support at the beginning of their creative journeys. This week Discoveries team member and Curtis Brown associate agent, Viola Hayden is talking […]

06 January 2021

How to edit your novel before submitting

by Discoveries Discoveries, From the Agents, How To ..., Writing Tips

CBC and Curtis Brown are proud to be partnering with the Women’s Prize Trust and NatWest to create Discoveries, a writing development prize and programme that offers aspiring female authors of all ages and backgrounds encouragement and support at the beginning of their creative journeys. This week Discoveries team member, experienced editor and Curtis Brown literary agent, […]

01 December 2020

How to write for younger readers: Advice from literary agent Stephanie Thwaites and authors Michael Mann and Cynthia Murphy

by Danni Georgiou Author Interviews, From the Agents, How To ..., Writing Tips

Last week, we hosted a very special webinar with top Curtis Brown literary agent Stephanie Thwaites and two of her clients, former CBC students, Cynthia Murphy and Michael Mann. 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 […]

25 November 2020

Hannah Beer: ‘Have faith that what you’ve written is worth being read’

by Katie Smart From the Agents, Writing Tips

Hannah Beer joined Curtis Brown in 2019 and currently assists Jonathan Lloyd. She is also building her own list of fiction and non-fiction authors. We caught up with Hannah to find out more about what she enjoys reading and what she’s looking for from debut authors… You joined Curtis Brown in 2019 as Jonathan Lloyd’s […]

04 November 2020

Sabhbh Curran: ‘A smart, engaging pitch letter will stand you in good stead to get attention’

by Katie Smart From the Agents, Writing Tips

Sabhbh Curran joined Curtis Brown in 2018 and currently assists Sheila Crowley. She is also building her own list of fiction and non-fiction authors. We caught up with Sabhbh to find out more about what she enjoys reading and what she’d love to see from a debut author… You joined Curtis Brown in 2018 as Jonathan […]

22 October 2020

Author Bonnie Garmus & agent Felicity Blunt on Lessons in Chemistry

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

Last week, during the publishing industry’s first ever virtual Frankfurt Book Fair, we received some spectacular news – former novel-writing student Bonnie Garmus was the talk of the fair! Bonnie’s agent, Curtis Brown’s Felicity Blunt, sold Lessons in Chemistry (which she worked on with us) to Doubleday in a massive 16-way auction, and by the […]

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