Guest Blog Posts

20 March 2017

Killer facts and fiction: how to write a crime thriller

by Stuart Prebble Guest Blog, Writing Tips

Anyone who’s writing a crime and thriller novel, and is thinking of applying to our creative writing courses in London or online, needs to understand the expectations of the genre and what its readers want. Stuart Prebble (above) – whose novel The Bridge is published by our sister company Studio 28 today – tells us […]

13 March 2017

Lisa O’Donnell: ‘With Two Books Behind Me, I decided to do a Creative Writing Course’

by Jack Hadley Guest Blog

Ahead of our spring creative writing courses in London and online (starting next month), we’ve asked some of our tutors to offer their thoughts on the writing process. Here, The Death of Bees author Lisa O’Donnell – tutor on our upcoming Three-Month Online Novel Writing course – explores ideas of fiction and truth in writing, as […]

06 March 2017

Writing Tips from Christopher Wakling

by Jack Hadley Guest Blog

Christopher Wakling has taught for Curtis Brown Creative since 2011, teaching on our creative writing courses both in London and online. It’s fair to say, then, that he knows a thing or two about the subject. Ahead of his next 3 Month course novel writing course which starts in April (with applications closing on Sunday […]

22 February 2017

‘Make sure every thing matters’: Writing Tips from Children’s Author Catherine Johnson

by Jack Hadley Guest Blog

Ahead of our next tranche of creative writing courses in London and online kicking off in April, we’ve asked a few of our tutors to treat us with some writing tips, and thoughts on the writing life. Here Catherine Johnson  (Children’s and YA author, and tutor on our Writing YA and Children’s Fiction course) delivers some […]

23 January 2017

Online Writing for Children course with Catherine Johnson – a review

by Stuart White From Our Students, Guest Blog

It’s always great to see groups of our ex-students from our creative writing courses in London and online keeping in touch, and continuing to work together. One group, who took our Online Writing for Children course in 2015 now run a collective blog together. They’re called The Scribblers, and their blog is full of useful tips […]

29 November 2016

Starting to Write Your Novel: a student’s view

by Carlie Lee Guest Blog

Curtis Brown Creative runs creative writing courses in London and online – and Carlie Lee (above) was a student on our last six-week online 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 […]

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

Starting to Write Your Novel: a student’s experience

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

Curtis Brown Creative runs creative writing courses in London and online. Chandra G (above) was a student on our very first Starting to Write Your Novel 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. […]

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

Curtis Brown Creative runs creative writing courses in London and online. 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 […]

19 August 2016

The CBC Writing for Children course – a review

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

Curtis Brown Creative runs creative writing courses in London and online. Ian Brooks (above) studied with tutor Catherine Johnson and 14 other students on our Online Writing for Children course at the beginning of last year. Here, in a piece we’ve borrowed from Ian’s own blog, he tells us about his time with Curtis Brown […]

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