From the Agents Posts

08 May 2017

Video interview: author Tammy Cohen and literary agent Felicity Blunt

by Rufus Purdy Author Interviews, From the Agents

One of the perks of working at Curtis Brown Creative is getting to meet all the fabulous authors who come in with their literary agents to speak to students on our creative writing courses. Recently, the bestselling novelist Tammy Cohen came in with her Curtis Brown agent Felicity Blunt to speak to our Six-Month Novel-Writing […]

02 May 2017

Literary agent Alice Lutyens: ‘tell me why I might like your book’

by Jack Hadley From the Agents

The close involvement of the literary agents at Curtis Brown and C&W are what makes our creative writing courses unique. Whether the agents are taking part in lively visiting speaker sessions, or becoming honorary members of our online courses during q&a sessions, they are always keen to share their breadth of knowledge and experience to our students. […]

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. 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 week we caught up […]

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 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 with your central […]

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 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 with applications for our […]

19 January 2017

Submission tips from literary agents at Curtis Brown

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 […]

13 January 2017

How to build suspense in your novel

by Anna Davis From the Agents, Opinion, Writing Tips

Lots of students on our creative writing courses are working 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 suspense: When a young girl, […]

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 director Anna Davis, who provides the video lectures and teaching notes for our Starting to Write Your Novel and Write to the End of Your Novel creative writing courses, 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 […]

07 December 2016

Agent Q&A: Lucy Luck

by Jack Hadley From the Agents

On our London creative writing courses, we’re 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 as a visiting speaker on our Six-month Novel Writing course on […]

03 October 2016

Tips on preparing your submission package

by Anna Davis From the Agents, Opinion, Writing Tips

January is a great month to send your work in to literary agents. But how do you put together a submission package that will catch their eye and make them want to read your work? Here are some tips on how to do it – and, by the way, most of them also apply to […]

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