A student on the very first of our creative writing courses in London back in 2011, author Jessie Burton has since gone on to become a household name. There’s barely a bedside table in Britain that doesn’t hold her bestselling debut The Miniaturist or her recently published follow-up The Muse. And with rights to the two titles sold to many territories throughout the world, you’d be hard pushed to walk into a bookshop anywhere from Alberta to Zürich and not find a copy.
So it’s particularly exciting to hear that Jessie has just signed a deal with Bloomsbury Children’s Books to write her first book for young readers. The imprint approached Jessie with the idea of writing a modern fairytale with a feminist slant, and she accepted eagerly. ‘Writing these stories will be somewhat of a fairytale for me too, and I’m utterly delighted to have this chance with a very different audience,’ says Jessie. ‘I can’t wait to delve deep into the treasure trove of fairytale tradition and write something old but something new, something borrowed, but something true.’
‘It means so much to Bloomsbury to welcome Jessie Burton to our list and to publish her first children’s stories,’ says Ellen Holgate, editorial director at Bloomsbury Children’s Books. ‘She’s a spellbinding, magical author and the brilliance of her characters has captured the hearts and imaginations of us all. She’s the perfect author to reinvent the roles of fairytale women and girls, and these stories will resonate with generations of children to come.’
Jessie is set to become the second former Curtis Brown Creative student to take the world of children’s/Young Adult fiction by storm. Lisa Williamson, who studied with us in 2012, topped the children’s charts last year with the groundbreaking The Art of Being Normal – a novel that also won the Waterstones Children’s Book Prize in 2016 and was nominated for both the Young Adult Book Prize and the Carnegie Medal the same year.
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 Wed 17 January).
Six-Month Online Novel-Writing Course with Lisa O’Donnell (deadline for applications is Wed 24 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 Sun 28 Jan).
We are offering three low-cost ‘foundation’ 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).