Student Successes Posts

22 August 2018

An interview with Ann-Marie Howell, the 50th CBC student to get a major book deal

by Katie Smart Author Interviews, Novels by CBC Alumni, Student Successes

Ann-Marie Howell is our 50th former novel-writing student to get a major publishing deal. Her debut middle grade novel, The Garden of Found and Lost, will be published by Usborne in 2019. Ann-Marie was a student on our online Writing YA and Children’s Fiction course back in 2015 (check out this blog about her time on the course). Here we […]

09 August 2018

CBC celebrates 50 commercial publishing deals for its novel-writing students

by Katie Smart Novels by CBC Alumni, Student Successes

This week at Curtis Brown Creative we reached our half-century, our golden anniversary … that’s right, our 50th former novel-writing student has gone on to get a major publishing deal and we couldn’t be more thrilled. We are so proud of each and every one of our students, and here’s to the next 50! In honour of […]

20 July 2018

From creative writing student to author of Waterstones Crime Thriller of the Month

by Katie Smart Student Successes

In the past few years Waterstones has proved its ability to ‘make’ a book, through its influential ‘book of the month’ promotion. Each month the bookshop picks four paperbacks: a fiction and non-fiction title, a children’s book and a thriller. It was this time last year that Jane Harper’s The Dry held the coveted ‘thriller’ spot, which was key […]

18 July 2018

Former CBC student’s novel to be published by Dialogue Books

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

Angela Chadwick was a student on our 6-month online novel-writing course in 2015. Angela’s debut novel XX was one of Sharmaine Lovegroves’ first acquisitions for the new Little, Brown imprint, Dialogue Books, and will be published in hardback and ebook this October. XX follows a lesbian couple who take part in the first trial of ovum to ovum fertilisation. […]

05 July 2018

Five things I’ve learnt about writing a psychological thriller

by Heidi Perks From Our Students, Guest Blog, Student Successes, Writing Tips

Heidi Perks took our online novel-writing course back in 2013, and after impressively self-publishing her debut Beneath the Surface in 2016, her second psychological thriller, Now You See Her, was bought by Century in a major deal. Here she shares five important lessons she’s learnt about writing psychological thrillers … One of the very first things I remember my CBC tutor, Chris […]

21 June 2018

Rae DelBianco: At CBC I was judged by the quality of my writing, not my CV or pedigree

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

Rae DelBianco was a student on our London novel-writing course in 2015 – in fact she came over from the US for six months specifically to study on our course! Her much anticipated debut Rough Animals was published by Arcade in the US earlier this month, and is currently being translated into French and Italian. We caught up with Rae to discuss […]

21 June 2018

Laura Marshall’s Three Little (Writing) Tips

by Laura Marshall From Our Students, Novels by CBC Alumni, Student Successes, Writing Tips

Regular readers of this blog will already be familiar with Laura Marshall – whose psychological thriller Friend Request became an instant bestseller when it was published last year. Laura took one of our London-based creative writing courses, and rapidly went on to secure representation with Curtis Brown agent Felicity Blunt and UK publication with Sphere (part of Little Brown). A US publication deal with Grand […]

15 June 2018

How writer Rachel Marks hooked her agent, Alice Lutyens

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

Rachel Marks took our 3-month online novel-writing course taught by Lisa O’Donnell back in 2016. Now her debut novel has been sold at auction to Michael Joseph (part of the Penguin Random House group) via Curtis Brown agent Alice Lutyens, who represents more former CBC students than any other literary agent – including Jane Harper, Kate Hamer and Catherine Bennetto. Rachel’s novel, The […]

11 June 2018

Developing and writing crime series

by Geoff Sanders From Our Students, Novels by CBC Alumni, Student Successes, Writing Tips

Geoff Sanders worked on an early draft of his novel The Taken Girls on our 3-month London-based novel-writing course back in 2013. I remember intensive discussions with him about plotting – particularly the decision to split his original complex idea into two separate novels – and about the development of his series detective DI Ogborne […]

08 June 2018

Scholarship student gets major book deal: ‘I swear I slipped into another reality, someone else’s life.’

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

We are utterly thrilled to say that Kiare Ladner, the current HW Fisher scholar on our London-based novel-writing course, has just landed a major book deal. Nightshift, the novel she was working on in class,  has been snapped up by Picador in a deal agented by Curtis Brown’s Cathryn Summerhayes. We caught up with Kiare to […]

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