03 December 2019

Sandi Toksvig

#WriteCBC – Three Wise Writers: 1. Sandi Toksvig

by Anna Davis Events, Writing Tips

Join the Christmas special edition of our #WriteCBC Twitter writing competition over on @cbcreative and you might win a place on an online creative writing course

28 November 2019

How to take part in our #WriteCBC Three Wise Writers competition

by Katie Smart Events, Writing Tips

Following the marvellously silly success of last year’s #WriteCBC #BigWinterStory, this year we’re hosting three weeks of extra special festive #WriteCBC fun. Join us from Monday 2nd to Wednesday 18th December for three Christmas-tastic rounds of our popular Twitter microfiction competition. We’re asking our Twitter community to follow the guiding light of writerly advice from […]

28 November 2019

Author Andrew Michael Hurley

Andrew Michael Hurley: ‘Read widely, write every day and never feel that time spent doing either is wasted’

by Katie Smart Author Interviews, Writing Tips

Andrew Michael Hurley is a critically-acclaimed, prize-winning author – his debut novel The Loney was originally published by Tartarus Press (a small independent publisher based in Yorkshire) as a 300-copy limited edition, before being republished by John Murray in 2015. It went on to win the Costa First Novel Award and Book of the Year […]

14 November 2019

Joe Moran, author of First Your Write a Sentence

Joe Moran’s three top tips for writing

by Joe Moran Author Interviews, Writing Tips

Joe Moran is the author of several academic books and numerous scholarly articles, most recently on the history and politics of everyday life. He is currently a reader in cultural history at Liverpool John Moores University. He writes for, among others, the Guardian, the New Statesman and the Times Literary Supplement. His most recent book […]

07 November 2019

#WriteCBC: writing tip and task from Caz Frear

by Anna Davis Events, Writing Tips

The year may be almost over but there’s a whole lot of #WriteCBC still to come … Sharpen your pencils and prepare to settle down to November’s exciting writing task, with the bestselling crime author Caz Frear. Caz started writing her debut novel, Sweet Little Lies, on one of our London-based novel-writing courses, taught by […]

07 November 2019

Andrew Subramanium, Account Partner at HW Fisher

Tips to help authors manage their finances

by Andrew Subramaniam Writing Tips

HW Fisher are a top London chartered accountancy firm. They are also our longest-running sponsor – and regularly offer a fully-funded place on our three-month novel-writing courses in London. Read more about our former scholarship students here.  We asked our followers on Twitter and our current novel-writing students to send us their questions about how being […]

06 November 2019

Robin Scott-Elliot: ‘If you want to be serious as a writer you have to take your writing seriously’

by Katie Smart Author Interviews, From Our Students

Robin Scott-Elliot took a selective online novel-writing course with us in 2016. Since taking the course Robin has discovered his passion for writing for children. His debut middle grade novel The Tzar’s Curious Runaways is out now from Everything with Words. Read on to find out more about Robin’s journey to publication … You were […]

31 October 2019

Frighteningly good books for Halloween

by Katie Smart From the Agents

When the wind is howling and you feel the crunch of leaves underfoot there’s nothing quite like escaping the cold and opting for a different type of chill – by getting your teeth stuck into creepy ghost stories (and maybe some sweets) … To help you get in the Halloween spirit we asked the book […]

29 October 2019

Jodie Chapman: ‘Don’t just talk about writing. Do it.’

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

Author Jodie Chapman took a novel-writing course with CBC in London in 2016. Among her student cohort were authors Ella Berman and Louise McCreesh (their debuts are set to be published in 2020) as well as Rachael Blok whose second novel The Scorched Earth was published earlier this year. Now Jodie is following suit, and […]

25 October 2019

Meet our latest HW Fisher Scholar

by Katie Smart Events, From Our Students

We’re pleased to announce that Ciara Aaron has been awarded the HW Fisher Scholarship for her novel-in-progress Birdbath. Ciara has won a fully-funded place on our three-month novel-writing course taught by Charlotte Mendelson in London. Ciara is the eighth talented writer of limited financial means to be offered a scholarship on one of our selective entry creative writing courses by HW […]

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