Guest Blog Posts

29 November 2016

Starting to Write Your Novel: a student’s view

by Carlie Lee Guest Blog

Carlie Lee (above) was a student on our last six-week online creative-writing course (Starting to Write Your Novel). There’s no better way for us to give a sense of what our course is like, and whether it might be right for you, than by bringing in the voices of ex-students, so here Carlie tells us how […]

29 September 2016

This month’s #Pitch CB: Agent tips

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

#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 top UK publishers Trapeze and HarperCollins to join in. And as per last month, we’ve asked for some top tips to help you put together your pitches.  Sam […]

27 September 2016

Starting to Write Your Novel: a student’s experience

by Chandra G From Our Students, Guest Blog, Opinion, Our Courses

Chandra G (above) was a student on our very first Starting to Write Your Novel creative-writing course earlier this year – and was one of the students selected at the end for a free tutorial with one of the Curtis Brown and C&W literary-agent team. Here, in a piece taken from the Medium writing community […]

02 September 2016

The Online Writing For Children Course: how it helped me

by Ann Marie Howell From Our Students, Guest Blog, Our Courses, Student Successes

Ann Marie Howell joined our Online Writing For Children course in Autumn 2015. Here she tells us how it helped her to finish her novel and find an agent: I had been working on a children’s book for a few months, but something still wasn’t quite right. The plot? Clunky dialogue? I wasn’t sure and I […]

19 August 2016

The CBC Writing for Children course – a review

by Ian Brooks From Our Students, Guest Blog, Our Courses

The next Curtis Brown Creative Online Writing for Children Course closes for applications on Sunday 11 September – and if you’re umming and aahing about whether or not to submit, why not let someone who’s actually taken the course tell you what it’s like? Ian Brooks (above) studied with tutor Catherine Johnson and 14 other […]

08 July 2016

True life lies: Nikita Lalwani’s writing tips

by Nikita Lalwani Guest Blog, Opinion, Writing Tips

A regular and popular tutor for Curtis Brown Creative, novelist Nikita Lalwani will be teaching our next online creative-writing course this autumn (applications close on Sunday 17 July). Here she talks about the issues that surround writing from life. ‘I would rather be in a room with a man who is telling me the true […]

07 July 2016

Story, character and truth: Louise Wener’s writing tips

by Louise Wener Guest Blog, Opinion, Writing Tips

When I teach a new creative-writing class, the first thing I do is ask students to tell me their endings. This may sound counter-intuitive but if you know where your novel ends, there’s a good chance you know how to get there. With an end point there’s a journey. With journey comes story. And story […]

12 April 2016

Writing Tips from SJ Watson (and Nicole Kidman)

by Stephen Parks From Our Students, Guest Blog, Writing Tips

Stephen Parks is an entrepreneur, geek, writer and foodie from London, who is studying novel-writing on our current creative-writing course. On Wednesday 2 March, bestselling novelist SJ Watson and literary agent Clare Conville visited the students on our novel-writing course, and Stephen wrote about the event on his blog. Take a look at what he had […]

10 March 2016

Discovery Day: In Their Own Words

by Eli Keren Events, Guest Blog, Opinion

  We at Curtis Brown Creative reckon our third Discovery Day at Foyles bookshop was a huge success, but don’t take our word for it. Here’s a collection of personal accounts from some of the authors who attended. These eight were just a few of the many, many writers – in excess of 700, in fact […]

09 March 2016

Why study on our next Writing for Children Course?

by Sophie Joelle Guest Blog, Opinion, Our Courses

As our next Writing for Children Course closes for applications shortly (on Sunday 11 September, 2016, to be precise), we thought you’d be interested in hearing from one of the students who’s just completed the course. Sophie Joelle studied with tutor Catherine Johnson and 14 other writers for children and Young Adults at the end of […]

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