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30 September 2021

How to prepare your submission to Discoveries 2022

by Discoveries Discoveries, How To ..., Writing Tips

We are so excited to announce that Discoveries 2022 is now open for entries! We and the Curtis Brown Literary Agency and proud to be partnered with the Women’s Prize Trust and Audible to run this unique writing development initiative for a second year. Discoveries invites all unpublished women writers aged 18 and up, currently […]

30 September 2021

Jack Meggitt-Phillips, author

Writing exercise: Go to your happy place and make it terrible

by Jack Meggitt-Phillips

Jack Meggitt-Phillips took our three-month Writing Your Novel course in 2019. Now, he’s published by Farshore and has a Warner Bros film deal for his 8-12 children’s series, The Beast and the Bethany. The second book of the series, Revenge of the Beast is out now. Here, he shares his advice on how to make […]

29 September 2021

How to show character

by Anna Davis How To ..., Writing Tips

When it comes to planning and building the central characters for your fiction, you’re likely to do copious work to really get to know them – possibly constructing detailed character profiles exploring their lifestyle, personality, psychology, backstory and more. But none of that very good work will add up to much unless you can effectively […]

23 September 2021

Meet Cassie Quarless, winner of our Breakthrough Scholarship for TV Screenwriters

by Katie Smart Course News, From Our Students

We are pleased to announce that Cassie Quarless has been awarded the Breakthrough Scholarship for TV Screenwriters for his script-in-progress Low Flyer. Cassie has won a place on our Writing an Original TV Drama Serial course led by tutor Colin Teevan. We are extremely grateful to the Curtis Brown Literary and Talent Agency for providing this […]

16 September 2021

How to write a good first page

by Anna Davis How To ..., Writing Tips

It’s impossible to underestimate the importance of the first page of your novel. Readers at every stage of the process – from the friend you’ve asked to read your first draft, through to agents and publishing professionals, and right on to potential buyers in bookshops and online – make their decisions about whether to read […]

14 September 2021

Meet Hanna Tatschl, winner of the Breakthrough Scholarship for Memoir Writers

by Katie Smart Events, From Our Students

We are pleased to announce that Hanna Tatschl has been awarded the Breakthrough Scholarship for Memoir Writers for her memoir-in-progress Relentless. Hanna has won a place on our inaugural three-month online Writing Your Memoir course. We are extremely grateful to the Curtis Brown Literary and Talent Agency for providing this scholarship, and for their support […]

07 September 2021

Meet Ely Percy, winner of the John le Carré Scholarship

by Katie Smart Events, From Our Students

We are pleased to announce that Ely Percy has been awarded the inaugural John le Carré Scholarship for their novel-in-progress Kingstreet. Ely has won a place on our three-month online Writing Your Novel course. We are extremely grateful to the Curtis Brown Literary and Talent Agency for providing this scholarship, and to the family of […]

02 September 2021

#WriteCBC tip and task from Abby Parsons

by Abby Parsons Events, Writing Tips

Welcome to our September edition of #WriteCBC. I hope you’re ready to be inspired by our latest writing challenge! If you haven’t taken part in a #WriteCBC competition before, we’re excited to welcome you to our writing community – and you can quickly get up to speed by reading this blog with information about how to […]

02 September 2021

Three tips for writing diverse characters

by Michael Mann Author Interviews, From Our Students, Writing Tips

Michael Mann our took online Writing YA & Children’s Fiction course in 2018. After taking the course he became a client of Curtis Brown agent Stephanie Thwaites. His debut middle grade novel Ghostcloud was published by Hachette Children’s October 2021. Here Michael draws on the guidance he received during our course as well as his own experiences of creating […]

01 September 2021

Paula Owen: ‘It’s never too late to decide to turn your hand to novel writing’

by Katie Smart Author Interviews, From Our Students, Writing Tips

Paula Owen was a student on our Writing Your Novel course in 2020. Now her debut historical novel Little Brown Dog will be published by Honno Press 15 September. We caught up with Paula to talk about her time on the course, her approach to research and her move from writing non-fiction to fiction… You […]

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