Student Successes Posts

16 November 2018

Read your way into editing your novel

by Rachael Blok From Our Students, Student Successes, Writing Tips

Rachael Blok took our 3-month novel-writing course in London back in 2016, and has gone on to get a publishing deal with Head of Zeus for the book she was working on with CBC: Under the Ice is just out and its publication date couldn’t be more apt: it’s an emotional crime-thriller set in the 12-day lead up to Christmas, when an […]

16 November 2018

‘Don’t write in a vacuum: Ask other people to read your work…’

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

Former CBC student Karen Cole’s psychological thriller, Deliver Me, is new out in eBook from Quercus this month, with the paperback publication to follow in spring 2019. Karen was a student on our Writing YA and Children’s Fiction course taught by Catherine Johnson, but it was during her time studying with us that she discovered her talent for writing thrillers. Here she […]

12 November 2018

5 tips on writing historical fiction for younger readers

by Ann-Marie Howell From Our Students, Student Successes, Writing Tips

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

08 November 2018

Celebrating 55 commercial publishing deals for our former students

by Katie Smart Novels by CBC Alumni, Student Successes

It was only this summer that we announced the 50th former CBC student  to gain a major publishing deal. In just a few short months we have received news of a further five exciting deals for our alumni – some of them brokered at the recent Frankfurt Book Fair – a major annual trade fair […]

10 October 2018

Ella Dove: ‘Ask yourself, what is the overall message of this book?’

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

Ella Dove studied on our 3-month London-based novel-writing course, back in the Spring of 2015. She was a lively, funny, self-deprecating student – very sociable and always smiling. She was also a very talented writer, though I think she won’t mind my telling you that she hadn’t yet settled into the right novel at that […]

03 October 2018

Clare Pooley: ‘If you’re compelled to write it, others will be compelled to read it’

by Katie Smart Author Interviews, Student Successes

Clare Pooley is the author The Sober Diaries, a memoir based on her experience of getting sober and overcoming breast cancer. She took a 3-month novel-writing course in London with us earlier this year, taught by Charlotte Mendelson, in order to turn her talent for writing towards fiction. Now her debut novel The Authenticity Project has been auctioned […]

26 September 2018

Julia Armfield: ‘you don’t have to throw every trick and simile at every sentence’

by Anna Davis Author Interviews, From Our Students, Student Successes

Julia Armfield was one of the VERY talented bunch of students on our second-ever London-based novel-writing course in 2011 – along with Kate Hamer, James Hannah, Annabelle Thorpe and Tim Glencross, to name just a few (there will be more deals from that group yet, mark my words). Julia was the youngest on the course […]

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 […]

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