Student Successes Posts

09 May 2018

Researching your historical novel: 6 Key Points

by James Hall From Our Students, Guest Blog, Opinion, Student Successes

James Hall took our London based novel-writing course in 2012, and his debut novel, The Industry of Human Happiness (Lightning Books), is set in the murky backstage world of late-Victorian theatreland. It lovingly depicts the early years of recorded music in turn-of-the-century London. James offers us some insights on how he approached the research for his book, a key question for anyone writing […]

25 April 2018

‘Finish the book’: 42nd published CBC student on writing your novel

by Katie Smart Author Interviews, Student Successes, Writing Tips

We’ve just heard of yet another publishing deal for a former CBC student: Rachael Blok – who took our 3-month novel writing course in London back in 2016 – has just become the 42nd published CBC student, landing a two-book deal with Head of Zeus. Her debut novel Shadows of the Lake is set to launch in eBook this November […]

19 April 2018

Jessica Jarlvi: ‘you only need one agent to believe in you’

by Katie Smart Author Interviews, From Our Students, Novels by CBC Alumni, Student Successes

Jessica Jarlvi completed our online six month novel writing course back in 2016. After this Jessica became one of the 2016 winners of the Montegrappa Prize for First Fiction, and shortly after she signed a book deal with Head of Zeus imprint Aria.  Her debut novel, the psychological thriller When I Wake Up is available now in paperback. Her second […]

12 April 2018

Our 41st student to get a publishing deal: ‘Never give up no matter how hard it gets’

by Katie Smart Author Interviews, From Our Students, Student Successes

We’re SO happy to be able to say that Lesley Sanderson is now our 41st student to get a commercial publishing deal! (The very lovely) Lesley was a student on our London-based Six-Month Novel-Writing Course back in 2015. She’s just signed a contract with Bookouture for her psychological thriller, The Orchid Girls, plus one further novel. […]

05 April 2018

Celebrating forty book deals from our students

by Katie Smart Our Courses, Student Successes

Curtis Brown Creative have been running novel writing courses online and in London for almost seven years now, and it’s incredibly important to us that we continue to discover and nurture fresh new voices. This week we got the news that we’d reached a rather exciting milestone – 40 of our students have gone on to get […]

04 April 2018

Meet the 40th CBC student to get a publishing deal: Greg Chivers

by Katie Smart Author Interviews, From Our Students, Student Successes

We’re thrilled to introduce Greg Chivers, who has just become the 40th former Curtis Brown Creative student to get a book deal! He’s signed with Voyager, the science fiction imprint of HarperCollins. We caught up with Greg to talk about his novel The Crying Machine and how he spent his time getting it ready for publication after completing […]

29 March 2018

Finding your trusted readers: What you can get from a CBC course

by Katie Smart From Our Students, Our Courses, Student Successes

Andrea Barton took one of our online Creative Writing Courses, along with fellow course mates, Sarah Linhart and Sarah Hawthorn, with whom she has formed a lasting ‘Pen Pals Writing Group’. Recently they caught up to discuss their experiences studying with CBC … Andrea Barton: I was stuck. I’d written several complete manuscripts but agents had showed […]

21 March 2018

Five pitfalls to avoid as a new author  

by Maria Realf From Our Students, Guest Blog, Student Successes, Writing Tips

Want to boost your chances of getting that book deal? Then steer clear of these common mistakes. Here are five pitfalls that new authors should avoid, as told by author and Curtis Brown Creative Novel-Writing Course alumna, Maria Realf. Don’t try to second-guess the market It may seem tempting to write for the genre du jour, but […]

16 March 2018

How to get through the first draft of your novel

by Hannah Mary McKinnon From Our Students, Guest Blog, Novels by CBC Alumni, Student Successes, Writing Tips

Hannah Mary McKinnon took one of our online creative writing courses, and is now a published author with her second novel,  The Neighbours, newly launched in the US, UK – and Canada, where she lives. Hannah has been one of our most positive and persevering students, and she brings these qualities very much to bear […]

08 March 2018

‘Dream. Come. True.’ – published ex-CBC-student Jo Jakeman

by Anna Davis From Our Students, Novels by CBC Alumni, Student Successes

Jo Jakeman took one of our online creative writing courses in 2016. Now she has a three-book deal with Harvill Secker (part of Penguin Random House), and her first novel – Sticks and Stones – comes out in July of this year. We talked to her about her novel, her time on the Curtis Brown […]

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