02 November 2017

Former CBC student Jane Harper wins CWA Gold Dagger award

by Rufus Purdy From Our Students

Huge congratulations to our former student Jane Harper (above, with the CBC team), who has just won the Crime Writers’ Association Gold Dagger prize for her debut novel The Dry. Jane, who studied on one of our online writing courses in Autumn 2014, and developed the book on the course along with her 14 coursemates and tutor Lisa O’Donnell, has already won several prizes for the novel – including Best First Fiction at the Ned Kelly Awards, Best Crime Novel at the Davitt Awards, and Book of the Year at the Indie Book Awards and the Australian Book Industry Awards – and The Dry has sold more than 100,000 copies in the UK alone.

The Gold Dagger is awarded to the best crime novel of the year. It was originally created in 1955, under the name of the Crossed Red Herrings Award. The first winner was Winston Graham for The Little Walls. It was renamed the Gold Dagger in 1960 and has been awarded ever since with variations in its name depending on sponsorship.

In her Gold Dagger acceptance speech, Jane said she was deeply grateful to the association for recognising The Dry for the award. ‘It’s truly an honour to follow in the footsteps of so many wonderful authors who have won this prize in the past,’ she said. ‘I have thoroughly enjoyed so many of their books so for The Dry to now be named among them is very special.’

Jane’s new novel Force of Nature is currently available in ebook in the UK, and will be published in hardback in February 2018.

For an in-depth course as part of a group of 15 (in which students are selected on the basis of their submission) with a great tutor and participation from our literary agents, apply for:

Six-Month Novel-Writing Course in London with Christopher Wakling (deadline for applications is Sunday 21 January).

Six-Month Online Novel-Writing Course with Lisa O’Donnell (deadline for applications is Sunday 28 January).

For a dedicated online course for those writing for young adults or children as part of a group of 15 (in which students are selected on the basis of their submission), with a top children’s author, apply for: 

Writing YA and Children’s Fiction with Catherine Johnson (deadline for applications is Sunday 4 February).

We are also offering three low-cost ‘foundation’ online courses, featuring tuition from CBC director Anna Davis:

Starting to Write Your Novel (deadline for enrolment is midnight on Mon 15 January).

Write to the End of Your Novel (deadline for enrolment is midnight on Mon 22 January).

Edit & Pitch Your Novel (deadline for enrolment is midnight on Mon 29 January).


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