Opinion Posts

20 April 2018

Why authors should be using social media

by Rae DelBianco Guest Blog, Novels by CBC Alumni, Opinion

Rae DelBianco was a student on our London novel-writing course in 2015 – in fact she came over from the US for six months specifically to study on our course! Her much anticipated debut Rough Animals is out from Arcade publishing on June 5th, and has already been compared to the likes of Cormac McCarthy. Rae grew up in Bucks […]

17 April 2018

How to tackle tough subjects in YA fiction

by Eve Ainsworth Author Interviews, Guest Blog, Opinion, Writing Tips

Eve Ainsworth is the acclaimed author of four YA novels, and is represented by Curtis Brown agent, Stephanie Thwaites. Before she became a published author, Eve worked in a large secondary school supporting pupils with their emotional and behavioural issues. Now she’s taken this interest forward into her fiction, which tackles real-life teen issues. Her latest novel, Tender, explores mental […]

28 March 2018

The difficult second novel

by Annabelle Thorpe Guest Blog, Novels by CBC Alumni, Opinion, Writing Tips

So, the hard part is over, you’ve published your first novel! Well, former CBC student and author Annabelle Thorpe is here to tell us all about the difficulties of writing that second novel from her own experience, and offers some guidance along the way. Considering it’s a known thing, like the Difficult Second Album, you […]

22 March 2018

Does your novel need a prologue?

by Lisa O'Donnell Guest Blog, Opinion, Writing Tips

We asked award-winning novelist and CBC tutor Lisa O’Donnell to tell us what she thinks about that most Marmite of literary devices – the Prologue. Here’s what she had to say – and she didn’t mince her words …  Prologues – I hate them. I’ve read a lot of novels in my life, but out […]

16 March 2018

When your book-writing leads to book-keeping …

by Jenny Quintana From Our Students, Guest Blog, Opinion,

Jenny Quintana studied on one of CBC’s London-based creative writing courses, and now her debut novel, The Missing Girl has been published by Mantle in the UK – with German, Italian and audio rights also sold. All great news – but publishing deals come with new responsibilities, and – like many authors before her – Jenny soon realised […]

09 March 2018

Anna Davis’s Q&A’s on writing and publishing

by Jack Hadley Opinion, Writing Tips

Our MD Anna Davis – a published author and former literary agent – gives out lots of practical advice to students of our creative writing courses, but yesterday she took to Twitter to answer as many questions on writing and publishing as she could in an hour. We thought we’d share a few of them here in […]

05 March 2018

Three things to know about narrative momentum

by Charlotte Mendelson Opinion, Writing Tips

Charlotte Mendelson is one of the small team of tutors who teach our creative writing courses. She’s the author of four novels, all published by Picador: Love in Idleness, Daughters of Jerusalem, When We Were Bad and Almost English (as well as one gardening memoir) and has 20 years experience as a fiction editor and […]

02 March 2018

How to write fiction in your second language

by Clarissa Goenawan From Our Students, Guest Blog, Opinion, Student Successes, Writing Tips

Clarissa Goenawan is easily one of the most determined and tenacious writers who’s ever joined CBC’s creative writing courses. She’s also really good! With her first novel Rainbirds just coming out from Soho Press in the US, Clarissa tells us how hard it was to start writing a novel in a language that isn’t her mother tongue […]

02 March 2018

Three things every writer should know about character motivation

by Anna Davis Opinion, Writing Tips

At CBC we spend a lot of time, on our creative writing courses, talking about how to build convincing and fully realised characters. And, more generally, when we writers sit down to work on our novels, we’re likely to spend time scrawling in notebooks about our protagonists; figuring out what things they love and hate; what makes […]

15 February 2018

Jane Harper’s Force of Nature is a bestseller

by Jack Hadley Opinion, Student Successes

We’ve been thrilled this week to see Jane Harper’s second novel, Force Of Nature, enter the Sunday Times Bestseller list at number 7, following on from the success of her first novel The Dry. Jane started out by taking a CBC creative writing course in 2014, and soon after secured representation at CB Australia, with Alice Lutyens at Curtis […]

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