Guest Blog Posts

29 January 2018

How to find the right narrative voice for your novel

by Lucy Courtenay Guest Blog, Opinion, Writing Tips

Children’s and YA author Lucy Courtenay is a client of Curtis Brown agent Stephanie Thwaites. In this special guest blog, Lucy tells us how she came to write her new YA romantic comedy Movie Night (newly out from Hodder Children’s Books) as a dual narrative – and why she generally prefers writing in first person in her novels. […]

24 January 2018

Tips on how to write a children’s book

by Anna Davis Guest Blog, Writing Tips

Author Jo Simmons‘ hilarious new book I Swapped My Brother On the Internet (Bloomsbury) explores an idea that SO many kids have dreamed about: What if you could trade your obnoxious sibling in for a an awesome replacement? Naturally, when turns the dream into a reality for Jonny, the result isn’t quite what he’d hoped for … Jo […]

13 January 2018

A tutor’s story: When you’re told your creative writing student has a book deal

by Anna Davis Guest Blog, Our Courses, Student Successes,

Christopher Wakling has taught many creative writing courses  for CBC, both in London and online. A quick bit of adding up shows that Chris has been the tutor of more of our published alumni than anyone else on the team – including Kate Hamer, Nicholas Searle, Lisa Williamson, SD Sykes, Catherine Bennetto – and most recently Maria Realf and James Hall. […]

10 January 2018

How to finish your novel, by former CBC student Jenny Quintana

by Anna Davis From Our Students, Guest Blog, Novels by CBC Alumni, Opinion, Writing Tips

The latest CBC student to be published is Jenny Quintana. Jenny came to CBC’s six-month London-based novel-writing course to work on her debut novel, The Missing Girl, with support from tutor Erin Kelly and a lively student cohort which included fellow published author Caz Frear. Soon after the course finished, Jenny was signed up by […]

30 November 2017

Neglected lady novelists and me

by Judith Kinghorn Guest Blog, Opinion

It was the 1980s and I was a student in London when I began to discover women writers who, despite belonging to my grandmothers’ – or even my great-grandmothers’ – generation, had voices so compelling and authentic I couldn’t stop reading them. They included Rosamond Lehmann, Elizabeth Taylor, Elizabeth Bowen, Barbara Comyns, Rebecca West, Stevie […]

10 August 2017

Do writing courses help in getting published?

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

Laura Marshall, who studied on one of our London writing courses 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

Debut author to provide creative writing scholarship

by Felicia Yap Guest Blog

Debut author Felicia Yap (above), whose stylish psychological thriller Yesterday is to be published on 10 August, will be sponsoring one talented writer from a less-privileged background through either our London-based Six-Month Novel-Writing Course or our Online Six-Month Novel-Writing Course, both of which begin in February 2018. Here, in a piece from her own blog, […]

12 July 2017

Are all book reviews valid?

by Alex Gerlis Guest Blog, Opinion

Spy fiction writer Alex Gerlis, author of Vienna Spies and two other espionage novels, on why book reviews posted on public sites should be treated with caution. Literary agent and Curtis Brown joint-CEO Jonny Geller recently posted some sound advice for authors on this very blog, a handy list of dos and don’ts including ‘do […]

29 June 2017

How to edit your novel: Lisa O’Donnell on cutting and crafting

by Jack Hadley Guest Blog

The biggest fib we writers tell ourselves is that we don’t know what’s wrong with our book. We always know. If I asked you to list five things you could work on in your manuscript, or areas you should develop, chances are that’s where you should begin to edit your novel. Some people come to […]

17 May 2017

Curtis Brown Creative meets… book blogger CrimeBookJunkie

by Noelle Holten Guest Blog, Opinion

Many of our students want to know how to write crime fiction and, indeed, several of those who’ve taken our creative writing courses have gone on to secure book deals for their fabulous crime novels – step forward Jane Harper, Alice Clark-Platts, Jake Woodhouse, Caz Frear and Alex Clare. Underpinning this perennially popular genre, and […]

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