Guest Blog Posts

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 […]

09 May 2017

‘Drawing fiction from life is not merely a preference for me’ – Simon Wroe on inspiration

by Jack Hadley Guest Blog

Lead tutor on our upcoming Six-month Novel Writing Course, Simon Wroe has followed up his Costa-nominated debut, Chop Chop, with the equally impressive Here Comes Trouble. Set within a struggling newspaper house in Kyrzbekistan (a fictional Eurasian country), Simon talks here about the extraordinary work he did to make the world of the novel vivid and believable. Sometimes the […]

02 May 2017

Laura Marshall: how I got my literary agent

by Jack Hadley From Our Students, Guest Blog

What can an aspiring author do to get a literary agent? Laura Marshall, who took one of our London-based creative writing courses in 2015, explains how she managed to attract the attention of Curtis Brown agent Felicity Blunt, which led to her securing a six-figure advance from Little, Brown last year. To read this post […]

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, 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 how he created such […]

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 (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 well as her positive […]

06 March 2017

Writing tips from Christopher Wakling

by Jack Hadley Guest Blog

Christopher Wakling has taught creative writing courses for Curtis Brown Creative since 2011. 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 12th March) we asked Chris to supply a few tips […]

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 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 words of wisdom. These […]

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 ex-students from our creative writing courses 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 and ideas on novel-writing, and […]

29 November 2016

Starting to Write Your Novel: a student’s view

by Carlie Lee Guest Blog

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

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, we at Curtis Brown Creative are huge supporters 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 top UK publishers […]

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