14 December 2018

Lesley Sanderson, Author

Tips for plotting and structuring your novel

by Lesley Sanderson Student Successes, Writing Tips

Lesley Sanderson was a student on our 6-month novel-writing course in London back in 2015, her debut psychological thriller The Orchid Girls is out now. Lesley worked on this novel during her time with us and since taking the course and honing her craft she has learnt how much of a difference plotting your novel can […]

10 December 2018

Episode 1 Big Winter Story

#WriteCBC The Big Winter Story – the illustrations …

by Anna Davis Events

Last week we started #WriteCBC’s Big Winter Story – a collaborative story being written and drawn day by day on Twitter, with prizes each day for one writer and one illustrator. it’s not too late to join in … Read on, and also check out the full instructions on how to join in The Big Winter Story in this […]

06 December 2018

Ren Renwick, CEO of the AOI

Children’s books and business – what you need to know

by Ren Renwick Guest Blog, Writing Tips

Ren Renwick, CEO of the Association of Illustrators, gives her top tips on becoming a professional children’s picture book illustrator.

06 December 2018

msystic scene with red chair in a winter forest

#WriteCBC The Big Winter Story – task and tips …

by Anna Davis Events, Writing Tips

We’ve reached the climax of our #WriteCBC collaborative Twitter Big Winter Story – and we strongly doubt it could be any nuttier! It started with a mysterious red velvet chair in a snowy photo prompt from the fabulous Marian Keyes and has now come all the way to a young William Shakespeare being kidnapped by faceless figures […]

05 December 2018

Catherine Cho, literary agent

How to query a literary agent

by Catherine Cho From the Agents, Guest Blog, Writing Tips

Finding an agent is a matter of fit. It takes persistence and confidence, remember that publishing is a subjective business, and so what might be a NO for some agents is a YES for others. Catherine Cho, an Associate Agent at Curtis Brown, shares her top tips on how to send a query to a literary agent.

30 November 2018

Marian Keyes, Author© Dean Chalkley

#WriteCBC – The Big Winter Story

by Anna Davis Events, Writing Tips

For THIS month – December – we’re running a VERY SPECIAL #WriteCBC, with a writing task set by the fabulous MARIAN KEYES!! Here’s how to play…

30 November 2018

CBC published authors

Discover the books that the literary agents will be gifting this Christmas

by Katie Smart From the Agents

We asked the literary agents at Curtis Brown and C&W what they will be reading over the festive period, as well as the books they will be gifting to their loved ones.

23 November 2018

Elliot Sweeney, HW Fisher Scholar

Meet Elliot Sweeney, our latest HW Fisher Scholarship winner

by Katie Smart

We’re delighted to announce that Elliot Sweeney has been awarded the HW Fisher Scholarship for his novel-in-progress Brown Eyed Girl.

16 November 2018

Rachael Blok, Author

Read your way into editing your novel

by Rachael Blok From Our Students, Student Successes, Writing Tips

Debut author Rachael Blok shares her tips for editing your novel and how reading other novels will help you with finishing your own.

16 November 2018

Karen Cole, author

‘Don’t write in a vacuum: Ask other people to read your work…’

by Katie Smart Author Interviews, Novels by CBC Alumni, Student Successes

Karen Cole was a student on our Writing YA and Children’s Fiction course taught by Catherine Johnson, but it was during her time studying with us that she discovered her talent for writing thrillers. Here she tells us more …

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