15 February 2018

Jane Harper’s Force of Nature is a bestseller

by Jack Hadley Opinion, Student Successes

We’ve been thrilled this week to see Jane Harper’s second novel, Force Of Nature, enter the Sunday Times Bestseller list at number 7, following on from the success of her first novel The Dry. Jane started out by taking a CBC creative writing course in 2014, and soon after secured representation at CB Australia, with Alice Lutyens at Curtis […]

15 February 2018

Keeping it real: three ways of bringing your novel to life

by Suzannah Dunn Author Interviews, Opinion, Writing Tips

Novelist Suzannah Dunn is one of the tutors of our creative writing courses. Here she talks to us about that most tricky conjuring act that all novelists have to master: How to give the illusion of truth in your novel – and the irony that this very struggle to show a convincing reality can cause […]

09 February 2018

Want to work for CBC? We’re recruiting …

by Anna Davis

Curtis Brown Creative is hiring a full-time Team Assistant. Could it be you?  We are looking for a smart newcomer to join our small team, which provides high-quality creative writing courses to aspiring novelists, online and in London. The role offers the opportunity to assist in the running and marketing of all our creative-writing courses […]

31 January 2018

“I’m looking for beautifully crafted books for a younger reader”: YA agent Lisa Babalis

by Anna Davis From the Agents

Lisa Babalis has worked editorially with the Curtis Brown literary agent team and their clients for some time. Now she’s building her own list of YA and children’s fiction. We asked her to tell us more …  Hi Lisa, What you do at CB and what you did before you came to the agency? I work […]

30 January 2018

Three things every budding children’s writer should know

by Anna Davis Writing Tips

Catherine Johnson is the much-loved tutor of our 3-month online Writing Children’s Fiction and YA course, as well as having written some fantastic YA and children’s novels herself. This week we asked her to name the three most important things you need to do if you want to write a children’s book. This is a […]

29 January 2018

How to find the right narrative voice for your novel

by Lucy Courtenay Guest Blog, Opinion, Writing Tips

Children’s and YA author Lucy Courtenay is a client of Curtis Brown agent Stephanie Thwaites. In this special guest blog, Lucy tells us how she came to write her new YA romantic comedy Movie Night (newly out from Hodder Children’s Books) as a dual narrative – and why she generally prefers writing in first person in her novels. […]

24 January 2018

Tips on how to write a children’s book

by Anna Davis Guest Blog, Writing Tips

Author Jo Simmons‘ hilarious new book I Swapped My Brother On the Internet (Bloomsbury) explores an idea that SO many kids have dreamed about: What if you could trade your obnoxious sibling in for a an awesome replacement? Naturally, when SiblingSwap.com turns the dream into a reality for Jonny, the result isn’t quite what he’d hoped for … Jo […]

22 January 2018

How to blend truth and imagination in your writing

by Lisa O'Donnell Opinion, Writing Tips

Award-winning novelist Lisa O’Donnell is the tutor of our next six-month online creative writing course. Here she talks about why it’s important to do more than just ‘write what you know’ in your novel …  I’ve had some interesting debates recently around truth as a storytelling device. People tend to say you should write what you […]

21 January 2018

Reviewing the first draft: how to read your own novel

by Anna Davis From the Agents, Our Courses, Writing Tips

In the excitement of typing ‘The End’ on your completed first draft, you could be forgiven for thinking you’re all set to start sending your work out to literary agents (many students on our creative writing courses have fallen into this trap). But I would always recommend you go the extra mile (or indeed the […]

19 January 2018

Submission tips from literary agents

by Rufus Purdy From the Agents, Writing Tips

The literary agents at Curtis Brown and C+W get hundreds of submissions each week, so how do you – as a writer – make your work stand out? We asked the literary agents for their top submission tips for new writers who are trying to find an agent. Here’s a selection of their responses… Good […]

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