03 January 2017

How to write historical fiction

by Jack Hadley Author Interviews, Opinion

For students on our creative-writing courses who are working on historical fiction, or who are writing something based around a historical figure, questions about how much or how little a writer should rely on research, and how much they should invent, come up regularly. History offers compelling and dramatic stories ready made for use in […]

01 January 2017

Curtis Brown Creative’s review of the year

by Rufus Purdy Events, Novels by CBC Alumni, Student Successes

Another year over; a new one just begun – John and Yoko could just as easily have been singing about creative-writing courses as eliminating global conflict. And though we at Curtis Brown Creative had a wonderful 2016, we’re looking forward every bit as much to the new year. First, though, let’s look back to those […]

21 December 2016

Location, Location?

by Jack Hadley

As all students on our creative-writing courses know, writing can be a lonely activity (unless of course you’re the Henry James or Agatha Christie type, and employ a typist). But, whether it’s a nondescript desk in your bedroom, a shed in your back garden, or something a little more exotic, writers can often develop peculiar […]

08 December 2016

All writers start their novels in one of two ways – which is you?

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

Curtis Brown Creative’s director, Anna Davis, believes that when you start writing a novel, you will inevitably fall into one of two categories. Here’s her theory and her tips to help you get going …  When you decide to write your novel, there are two basic starting positions. *Sweeping generalisation alert* – but bear with me, […]

07 December 2016

Agent Q&A: Lucy Luck

by Jack Hadley From the Agents

Lucy Luck is the new agent at Conville and Walsh, having previously worked at Rogers, Coleridge & White, Lucy Luck Associates and Aitken Alexander. Joining CBC as a visiting speaker on our Six-month Novel Writing course on the 7th March, Lucy represents a list of prize-winning authors which include Catherine O’Flynn, Colin Barrett, Kevin Barry, Sara Baume, Sara […]

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