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 Curtis Brown Creative three-month novel-writing course, back in 2011. One Thursday evening, the 15 of us began to gather in the reception at Curtis Brown, forming a gradually widening […]

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 suspense. Anna gives students three prompts, and […]

10 August 2017

Do creative writing courses help in getting published?

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

Laura Marshall, who studied on our Three-Month Novel-Writing Course in London 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 our online novel-writing course in 2015 – shares her publication day with another former Curtis Brown Creative student: Laura Marshall, whose debut Friend Request also hits the […]

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