Sarah Daniels: ‘You’ll find all the inspiration you need by observing things happening in the world right now’
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by Katie Smart
1y ago
Sarah Daniels studied on our six-month online Writing Your Novel course in 2017. Now she’s represented by Curtis Brown literary agent Felicity Blunt and she has an exciting book deal for her dystopian YA duology with Penguin Random House Children’s, the first book in the series The Stranded will be published later this month. We spoke to Sarah about her time studying with us, the surprising joy of sharing your work with others for the first time and the inspiration behind her debut. You took our six-month online Writing Your Novel course in 2017. How did your time on the course impact your app ..read more
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Joanne Clague: ‘Be thorough in your research but wear it lightly; you’re not giving a history lesson’
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by Katie Smart
1y ago
Joanne Clague studied with us on a six-month online Writing Your Novel course led by tutor Suzannah Dunn in 2017 – now Joanne is one of five students from her group with a debut out this year! Joanne’s debut historical fiction novel The Ragged Valley was published earlier this month by Canelo. We caught up with Joanne to find out more about her time studying with us and the Great Sheffield Flood that inspired her debut. You studied on our six-month online Writing Your Novel course in 2017. How did your time on the course impact your approach to writing? I had zero experience of the publishing ..read more
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Announcing the Discoveries Prize winner 2022
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by Discoveries
1y ago
We’re delighted to announce the winner of this year’s Discoveries Prize selected by our judging panel from the 2,500+ unpublished women that submitted their works of fiction. The winner of the prize is Sui Annukka with her compelling novel-in-progress Thursday. As the winner of Discoveries, Sui recieves an offer of representation by Curtis Brown Literary Agency, a cash prize of £5,000, and the opportunity to workshop her manuscript with an Audible commissioning editor. We are also very pleased to announce that Nikki Logan has been chosen from the shortlist of six writers as the Discoveries Sch ..read more
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Announcing the Discoveries Prize shortlist 2022
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by admin
1y ago
We’re delighted to share this year’s Discoveries Prize, shortlist comprised of six novels-in-progress from unpublished women writers currently residing in the UK and Ireland. Over 2,500 women submitted their works of fiction to Discoveries (up from 2,300 in 2021). Sixteen authors were initially longlisted by a judging panel that included chair of Chair of judges Kate Mosse, international bestselling novelist and Founder Director of the Women’s Prize, and her judging panel: esteemed writers Ayisha Malik and Irenosen Okojie, Curtis Brown literary agent Lucy Morris, and&n ..read more
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Nicola Masters: ‘Don’t hold things back for the author you plan to be one day. You deserve those things now.’
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by Katie Smart
1y ago
Nicola Masters studied on our three-month Writing Your Novel course with Laura Barnett. Her debut novel, Happy Happy Happy, will be published by Lake Union Publishing on 19 May. We caught up with Nicola about the inspiration behind her novel and her writing journey so far… You took our three-month Writing Your Novel course in 2019. How did your time on the course impact your approach to writing? Getting accepted onto the course gave me permission to take writing seriously. Not that anyone should need permission, but it made me think that I might actually be onto something, and it could be wor ..read more
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Kirsty Eyre: ‘Allow the reader to read between the lines and draw their own conclusions about what might be funny’
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by Katie Smart
1y ago
Kirsty Eyre studied on our three-month Writing Your Novel course in 2017. Two years later, she won the inaugural Comedy Women in Print award with her debut novel Cow Girl – which she developed on the course. She has gone on to write further romantic comedy novels under a pseudonym, Ginger Jones. Her latest work You Had Me at Halloumi is out now. Read on to discover Kirsty’s advice for writing romantic comedies and scroll to the end of the blog for details of an exciting giveaway we’re running on Twitter! Where do you start with writing comedy? I first started writing comedy for the stage. Live ..read more
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#WriteCBC tip and task from Abbie Greaves
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by Katie Smart
1y ago
Welcome to our May edition of #WriteCBC. I hope you’re ready to be inspired by our latest writing challenge! If you haven’t taken part in a #WriteCBC competition before, we’re excited to welcome you to our writing community – and you can quickly get up to speed by reading this blog with information about how to play. It’s a lot of fun, and you might just win a free place on one of our six-week online writing courses. This month’s special guest is the wonderful Abbie Greaves. Abbie is the author of The Silent Treatment and The Ends of the Earth. Her novels have been translated in ..read more
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Abbie Greaves: ‘I’m still surprised by the strands which join together and provide me with original entry points into a story’
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by Katie Smart
2y ago
We are delighted to welcome Abbie Greaves to the Curtis Brown Creative teaching team, she is the tutor of our upcoming Edit & Pitch Your Novel – Advanced course. Abbie is the author of The Silent Treatment and The Ends of the Earth. Her novels have been translated into over a dozen languages, selected for the Radio 2 Book Club and shortlisted for the RNA Debut Novel of the Year Award. Abbie worked in publishing for three years, including at Curtis Brown as literary agent’s assistant to Sheila Crowley, before leaving to write full time. When Abbie worked at Curtis Brown she was a ..read more
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Amita Parikh: ‘The most fun is when a story is taking shape and I can use my imagination to my heart’s content’
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by Katie Smart
2y ago
Amita Parikh took our six-month Writing Your Novel course in 2014. Her debut novel The Circus Train has sold in multiple territories, it was published by HarperCollins Canada earlier this year and is already a Canadian bestseller. This magical debut is to be published by Putnam in the US and Little, Brown in the UK. We caught up with Amita to find out more about her time studying with us and the inspiration behind The Circus Train. You studied on our six-month Writing Your Novel course in 2014, how did your time on the course impact your approach to writing? Getting accepted onto the six-month ..read more
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#WriteCBC tip and task from Bonnie Garmus
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by Katie Smart
2y ago
Welcome to our April edition of #WriteCBC. I hope you’re ready to be inspired by our latest writing challenge! If you haven’t taken part in a #WriteCBC competition before, we’re excited to welcome you to our writing community – and you can quickly get up to speed by reading this blog with information about how to play. It’s a lot of fun, and you might just win a free place on one of our six-week online writing courses. This month’s special guest is the brilliant Bonnie Garmus. Bonnie took part in our six-week online Write to the End of Your Novel course before studying on our three-month ..read more
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