05 April 2018

Celebrating forty book deals from our students

Books from published alumni of our novel writing courses
by Katie Smart Course News

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 publishing deals!

To celebrate this satisfyingly round number, we thought we’d share a few of the publishing highlights from the past few years. You can get the full list of our published students here.

It’s such a thrill following an author’s journey from that germ of an idea, right through to screen adaptations and high-profile awards. We couldn’t be prouder of them!

Jessie Burton, Author

Jessie took our very first London course back in 2011, which was taught by Jake Arnott and Anna Davis. Fast-forward to 2018 and she’s had two bestsellers, The Miniaturist (2014) and The Muse (2016). The BBC miniseries of her debut novel, The Miniaturist aired over Christmas 2017, and Jessie’s first children’s novel, The Restless Girls will be published in September 2018.

Kate Hamer, Author

Kate Hamer was a student on our 3 month London course in 2011. Kate’s debut novel, The Girl in the Red Coat (2015) was a Sunday Times bestseller and was shortlisted for numerous prizes including The Costa First Novel Prize. Her second novel, The Doll Funeral (2017) was The Bookseller book of the month for February 2017.

Nicholas Searle, Author

Nicholas was a student on one of our first online novel writing courses in 2014. He’s now represented by Curtis Brown’s very own Jonny Geller, who sold his debut to Viking in 2015. The Good Liar is being adapted for the big screen by New Line Cinema, and is set to star Ian McKellen and Helen Mirren. Searle’s third novel, A Fatal Game will be published in October 2019.

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Lisa took our three-month novel-writing course back in 2012. Her debut novel The Art of Being Normal went on to win the 2016 Waterstones Children’s Book Prize for Best Older Fiction, and was described by Phillip Pullman as a ‘a life-changing and life-saving book’. Her second novel, All About Mia was published in 2017. You can watch a video interview we did with Lisa here.

Jane Harper, Author

Jane started our online course in 2014 having only written the opening chapters of her first novel. She’s now an international bestseller, and her debut novel, The Dry, has won a multitude of awards including the UK Crime Writers’ Association Gold Dagger and ABIA Australian Book of the Year. The Dry has recently been shortlisted for The British Book Award’s Crime & Thriller Book of the Year. Her second novel Force of Nature was published in February 2018. Harper was recently featured in a Guardian round up of ‘50 fresh voices you should read now‘.

Laura Marshall, Author

Laura was a student on our London based course in 2015, and went on to get represented by Curtis Brown’s Felicity Blunt. Her debut, Friend Request (2017) was a Sunday Times and eBook bestseller, as well as being shortlisted for the Lucy Cavendish Fiction Prize 2016. Her second novel Three Little Lies will be published in January 2019.

Caz Frear, Author

Caz took our six-month London based course in 2014, and went on to win the Richard and Judy Search for a Bestseller competition with her crime thriller Sweet Little Lies, which was published by Bonnier Zaffre in the summer of 2017. Sweet Little Lies has since been optioned for TV by Carnival Films, the production company behind Downtown Abbey and Whitechapel.

Greg Chivers, Author

Greg Chivers was the fortieth CBC student with a publishing deal, after taking our three-month novel writing course in 2016, taught by Charlotte Mendelson. Greg’s debut, The Crying Machine will be published by HarperVoyager in September 2019. We recently interviewed Greg about his publishing deal and his time on our novel writing course.

If you’ve got a great idea for a novel, apply for one of our selective entry courses today. Both our London based three-month novel writing course with Charlotte Mendelson (with a scholarship opportunity available) and our online three-month novel writing course with Suzannah Dunn close for applications this Sunday (April 8th) at midnight!

Or, if you’re writing for younger readers apply for our Writing YA and Children’s Fiction Course with Catherine Johnson (applications close at midnight on April 22nd).

We also offer a selection of 6-week online courses for all-comers led by our MD, Anna Davis: Starting to Write Your Novel, Writing to the End of Your Novel and Edit & Pitch Your Novel.

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