From the Agents Posts

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

Are you settling down into the new decade by starting to write a novel? 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 […]

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 […]

15 August 2019

Summer reads from the literary agents

by Katie Smart From the Agents

Barack Obama recently shared his summer reading recommendations which include the works of literary great Toni Morrison, Hilary Mantel’s 2009 Man Booker Prize winning novel Wolf Hall and Haruki Murkami’s short story collection Men Without Women … Here at CBC we can never have enough books on our to-be-read pile… So, this leads us to ask the […]

22 July 2019

Lucy Morris: ‘Learn everything about your main character’

by Curtis Brown 120 Curtis Brown 120, From the Agents, Writing Tips

As part of our 120th birthday celebrations, Curtis Brown – in partnership with Curtis Brown Creative – have launched the Curtis Brown First Novel Prize! Our mission is to find the exciting new voices of the future. To enter all you need is a 10,000 word novel opening and a one-page synopsis (find out more here). The deadline for entering the Curtis Brown […]

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