Opinion Posts

03 March 2017

Does your protagonist have to be likeable?

by Anna Davis From the Agents, Opinion, Writing Tips

A question I’m often asked by students on our online and London-based creative writing courses is, “Does my central character have to be likeable?” The honest answer is, it depends on how you’re constructing your novel and how reader-sympathies need to work with it. Let me explain … If you need the reader firmly on-side […]

13 January 2017

How to build suspense in your novel

by Anna Davis From the Agents, Opinion, Writing Tips

Lots of students join our creative writing courses in London and online to work on psychological suspense novels – one of the biggest-selling genres at the moment. We associate suspenseful writing with other genres too, particularly crime fiction, action thrillers, horror and supernatural novels. But actually lots of other sorts of novels make use of […]

05 January 2017

Q&A: John Williams, Crime Fiction Reviewer at the Mail on Sunday

by Jack Hadley Author Interviews, Opinion

For students on our creative writing courses in London and online, the possibility of one day having their novels reviewed in a national newspaper or magazine is a thrilling prospect. We thought it would be useful to get to know a little more about the process behind book reviewing itself, so we got in touch with […]

03 January 2017

How to write historical fiction

by Jack Hadley Author Interviews, Opinion

For students on our creative writing courses in London and online who are working on historical fiction, or who are writing something based around a historical figure, questions about how much or how little a writer should rely on research, and how much they should invent, come up regularly. History offers compelling and dramatic stories […]

08 December 2016

All writers start their novels in one of two ways – which is you?

by Anna Davis From the Agents, Opinion, Our Courses, Writing Tips

Curtis Brown Creative runs creative writing courses in London and online. Our director, Anna Davis, believes that when you start writing a novel, you will inevitably fall into one of two categories. Here’s her theory and her tips to help you get going …  When you decide to write your novel, there are two basic starting […]

06 December 2016

Books or boutique hotels?

by Rufus Purdy Opinion

Before he arrived at Curtis Brown Creative to help run our creative writing courses in London and online, Rufus Purdy was editor of an upmarket boutique-hotel guidebook. So why is he so narked that a library in his home town is to be turned into a luxury hotel? In a 21st-century twist on the old […]

28 October 2016

A Halloween Reading List

by Jack Hadley Opinion, Writing Tips

As our creative writing courses in London and online get into full swing, the nights draw in ever further. The November darkness beckons –  we’ve long cast off our cosy summer reads; we want to engage in something which can supply that thrill of discomfort and fear. Clichés aside, the horror tradition is a rich […]

07 October 2016

What Novel Are You Writing: Literary or Commercial?

by Jack Hadley Opinion, Writing Tips

One of the most frequently asked questions on our creative writing courses in London and online is, ‘What kind of novel am I writing – literary or commercial?’ Our students are often confused about what the terms mean and are uncertain of what they should be aiming for. It wasn’t always this way. Dickens was […]

03 October 2016

Tips on preparing your submission package

by Anna Davis From the Agents, Opinion, Writing Tips

Curtis Brown Creative runs creative writing courses in London and online, but we also specialise in giving our students book-industry advice. January is a great month to send your work in to agents. But how do you put together a submission package that will catch their eye and make them want to read your work? […]

27 September 2016

How to get the best out of your creative writing course

by Anna Davis From the Agents, Opinion, Our Courses, Writing Tips

Curtis Brown Creative runs creative writing courses in London and online. And, each time I welcome a new bunch of students to one of Curtis Brown Creative’s novel-writing courses in London, I always make a point of telling them how to get the best out of their experience with us. And actually, much of my […]

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