From Our Students Posts

21 March 2019

Kate Hamer: ‘Everyone’s story is individual and authentic and worth telling’

by Kate Hamer From Our Students, Writing Tips

Kate Hamer was a student on our second ever novel-writing course in London back in 2011. Now Kate is represented by Curtis Brown’s very own Alice Lutyens. She is the bestselling author of two novels, the Costa-shortlisted The Girl in the Red Coat and The Doll Funeral. Her highly anticipated third novel Crushed will be published in May […]

14 March 2019

Lisa Williamson: ‘Write the book only you can write’

by Lisa Williamson From Our Students, Writing Tips

Lisa Williamson studied with us in London way back in the autumn of 2012, in a group that included other published alumni James Hall, Maria Realf, Fiona Perrin and Christina Pishiris. Her groundbreaking YA debut, The Art of Being Normal, was a huge success, winning the Waterstones Children’s Book Prize for Older Fiction, and getting fantastic notices from the likes of Philip Pullman. […]

12 March 2019

Polly Crosby: ‘There is nothing like a deadline to focus creativity’

by Katie Smart Author Interviews, From Our Students

Polly Crosby was a student on our 6-week online Write to the End of Your Novel course and joined our 6-month online novel-writing course with Lisa O’Donnell in 2018 after being awarded the Yesterday Scholarship (generously funded by author Felicia Yap). Felicia and the CBC team were instantly enchanted by Polly’s writing when her application came in, and we were delighted to get […]

07 March 2019

Jenny Pearson: ‘Get yourself a writing group’

by Katie Smart Author Interviews, From Our Students

Former Writing YA and Children’s Fiction course student Jenny Pearson has received a three book deal from Usborne (after an eight way auction!) for her debut middle grade novel – The Super Miraculous Journey of Freddie Yates – which will be published in 2020. Here Jenny talks about the importance of finding your writing tribe, perseverance, and what she […]

06 March 2019

7 tips on fantasy novel worldbuilding

by Michelle Kenney From Our Students, Writing Tips

Michelle Kenney is the author of the Book of Fire Trilogy, a dystopian YA Lit series published by HarperCollins HQDigital. Michelle took our Writing YA and Children’s Fiction course back in 2015 with the inspirational Catherine Johnson. Here she explains her approach to fantasy worldbuilding … I should probably confess at the outset that I’m very […]

04 March 2019

Meet Frances Quinn, the 60th former CBC student to get a book deal

by Katie Smart Author Interviews, From Our Students

Frances Quinn is our 60th former student to land a publishing deal (it was only in the summer of 2018 that we announced our 50th former student with a book deal!). She was a student on our 6-Month Novel-Writing course in London back in 2014 – and at the end of the course Frances gained […]

28 February 2019

YA and children’s fiction authors who’ve taken our writing courses

by Katie Smart Course News, From Our Students

We’ve been running creative writing courses from Curtis Brown’s offices in London since 2011 – our selective-entry novel-writing courses are at the heart of what we do, and we’re really proud of our students’ achievements. From discovering fresh voices and helping them to get the best out of their novels – to guiding authors through practical aspects of the industry – […]

21 February 2019

Author Nikki Smith and agent Sophie Lambert on the importance of trust & ambition

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

Nikki Smith took not one but three Curtis Brown Creative writing courses back in 2017, starting with two of our 6-week online courses before applying to and then securing a place on our 3-month online novel-writing course. Nikki initially ‘met’ her agent – C& W’s Sophie Lambert – during an online agent feedback session on this longer course and decided to […]

07 February 2019

HW Fisher novel-writing scholar Louise McCreesh gets a book deal

by Katie Smart Author Interviews, From Our Students

Louise McCreesh was awarded the HW Fisher Scholarship in 2016, giving her a fully-paid place on our 3-month novel-writing course in London. Her novel stood out to the CBC team for its unique narrative voice, which powerfully expressed the mental frailty and anxiety suffered by many of us – and which deployed that voice in […]

16 November 2018

Read your way into editing your novel

by Rachael Blok From Our Students, Writing Tips

Debut author Rachael Blok shares her tips for editing your novel and how reading other novels will help you with finishing your own.

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