21 September 2017

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 […]

21 September 2017

Former CBC student Jane Harper in The Sydney Morning Herald

by Rufus Purdy Student Successes

Huge congratulations to former student from our online writing courses Jane Harper (above, with the CBC team), who we’ve just heard has passed the 100,000 paperback sales mark in the UK for her debut novel The Dry. Jane, who studied with us back in 2014, came up with the idea for the bestselling crime thriller […]

15 September 2017

How to make your YA or children’s writing submission stand out

by Jack Hadley From the Agents

The children’s writing and YA writing market is a particularly tough one, with trends often hard to spot and audiences shifting regularly. As we get ready for our next round of children’s writing courses, we talk to someone who knows a bit about how to make a submission stand out in this crowded market: Isobel […]

07 September 2017

Are booktubers the future of reviewing?

by Jack Hadley Opinion

There was an interesting piece in The Times last week discussing the recent and intriguing phenomenon of the so called ‘booktubers’. It is, unfortunately, behind a paywall, so unless you’re a subscriber you won’t be able to access it. To summarise – it profiles a few prominent video bloggers whose focus is not on delivering make-up tips, or lengthy […]

07 September 2017

Michelle Kenney: how I signed a three book deal

by Jack Hadley Author Interviews, From Our Students, Student Successes

Michelle Kenney (@MKenneyPR) was on one of our online children’s writing courses in 2015, and this year signed a three book deal with HQ Digital for her Book of Fire trilogy. We talked to Michelle about her approach to world-building, and how she’s kept in touch with her fellow creative writing courses students since her course finished in […]

17 August 2017

How to write good characters – stories from our Starting to Write Your Novel course

by Jack Hadley From Our Students

It’s hard to overstate how important distinctive or relatable characters are to novels. Top agent and Curtis Brown joint-CEO Jonny Geller recently wrote on Twitter that ‘plot is key, but not at the expense of character. We’ll go anywhere with a full character, but question every move with a thin one.’ On our online Starting […]

17 August 2017

Crowdfunding a novel: one student’s route to publication

by Kate Bulpitt From Our Students, Novels by CBC Alumni

Six years ago, I met a group of people who would change my life (this is somewhat soppy, but true). I was part of the second of Curtis Brown Creative’s London writing courses, back in 2011. One Thursday evening, the 15 of us began to gather in the reception at Curtis Brown, forming a gradually […]

10 August 2017

How to write suspense – stories from our Write to the End of Your Novel course

by Jack Hadley From Our Students

During our six-week Write to the End of Your Novel course, the second of our three ‘foundation’ courses, Anna Davis sets a number of writing tasks which are designed to get students thinking about different elements of the writing process. In week four the topic in question is how to write suspense. Anna gives students […]

10 August 2017

Do writing courses help in getting published?

by Laura Marshall From Our Students, Guest Blog, Opinion, Student Successes

Laura Marshall, who studied on one of our London writing courses in 2015, has just had her debut novel Friend Request published by Little, Brown. Here, in a piece that originally appeared on her own author blog, she talks about how her time with CBC helped her, and asks whether such creative writing courses can […]

27 July 2017

Romantic fiction novel Maggie’s Kitchen by Caroline Beecham is published today

by Rufus Purdy Student Successes

Congratulations to our former student Caroline Beecham, whose debut romantic fiction novel Maggie’s Kitchen is published in the UK today by Ebury Press. Caroline – who was on one of our online writing courses in 2015 – shares her publication day with another former Curtis Brown Creative student: Laura Marshall, whose debut Friend Request also […]

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