Guest Blog Posts

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 […]

09 May 2017

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

by Jack Hadley Guest Blog

A tutor on our London writing courses, 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 world of […]

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 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 on […]

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, 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 online writing courses – explores ideas of fiction and truth in writing, as well as her positive experiences both teaching and studying […]

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 – and has more than a few writing tips up his sleeve. Ahead of the next of the London writing courses he’ll be teaching, we asked Chris to […]

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