From the Agents Posts

08 March 2017

‘Every author must be able to sum up their book in a couple of sentences’

by Jack Hadley From the Agents

The literary agents at Curtis Brown and C&W are a huge part of our creative writing courses in London and online. They come in as guest speakers to our London courses, bringing a top author or publisher with them, and go online for special Q&A days with our students from all over the world. This […]

03 March 2017

Does your protagonist have to be likeable?

by Anna Davis From the Agents, Opinion, Writing Tips

A question I’m often asked by students on our online and London-based creative writing courses is, “Does my central character have to be likeable?” The honest answer is, it depends on how you’re constructing your novel and how reader-sympathies need to work with it. Let me explain … If you need the reader firmly on-side […]

25 January 2017

Our favourite children’s and Young Adult novels

by Jack Hadley From the Agents, Our Courses

As applications for our spring creative writing courses in London and online come in, it’s always good for us to have a sense of what the agents at Curtis Brown and C&W are reading and getting excited about. We at Curtis Brown Creative would love to help nurture the next generation of great children’s writers, and […]

19 January 2017

Submission tips from the Curtis Brown literary agents

by Rufus Purdy From the Agents, Writing Tips

We get a lot of submissions to our creative writing courses in London and online – as do the literary agents at Curtis Brown and C&W. And all of us have strong opinions about what makes a submission ‘good’. So we asked the agents for their top tips for new writers planning to send their work […]

13 January 2017

How to build suspense in your novel

by Anna Davis From the Agents, Opinion, Writing Tips

Lots of students join our creative writing courses in London and online to work on psychological suspense novels – one of the biggest-selling genres at the moment. We associate suspenseful writing with other genres too, particularly crime fiction, action thrillers, horror and supernatural novels. But actually lots of other sorts of novels make use of […]

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 runs creative writing courses in London and online. Our 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 […]

07 December 2016

Agent Q&A: Lucy Luck

by Jack Hadley From the Agents

Curtis Brown Creative runs creative writing courses in London and online. And, on our London courses, we are visited regularly by the literary agents at Curtis Brown and Conville & Walsh. 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 […]

03 October 2016

Tips on preparing your submission package

by Anna Davis From the Agents, Opinion, Writing Tips

Curtis Brown Creative runs creative writing courses in London and online, but we also specialise in giving our students book-industry advice. January is a great month to send your work in to agents. But how do you put together a submission package that will catch their eye and make them want to read your work? […]

29 September 2016

This month’s #Pitch CB: Agent tips

by Richard Pike From the Agents, Guest Blog, Writing Tips

When not running creative writing courses in London and online, Curtis Brown Creative is a huge supporter of what else goes on in the Curtis Brown Books Department. #PitchCB is Curtis Brown’s monthly Twitter pitching party for authors looking for agents. This month we’re focussing on contemporary fiction and we’ve invited two leading editors from […]

27 September 2016

How to get the best out of your creative writing course

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

Curtis Brown Creative runs creative writing courses in London and online. And, each time I welcome a new bunch of students to one of Curtis Brown Creative’s novel-writing courses in London, I always make a point of telling them how to get the best out of their experience with us. And actually, much of my […]

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