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05 August 2021

Neil Daws: ‘Remember, you’re writing a cracking yarn not an academic history book’

by Katie Smart Author Interviews, Events, Writing Tips

Neil Daws studied with us on a three-month Writing Your Novel course back in 2018. His debut novel A Quiet Place to Kill was published by Thomas & Mercer September 2021. We caught up with Neil to talk about his debut, his time studying with us and what inspired him to pay it forward and […]

03 August 2021

Natalie Chandler: ‘Take every opportunity to grow as an author; never stop learning and never stop developing your skills’

by Katie Smart Author Interviews, Writing Tips

Natalie Chandler studied on our six-week online Writing a Psychological Thriller course. The novel she worked on during the course – Believe Me Not – is to be published by Headline Accent in spring 2022. We caught up with Natalie to find out more about her time on the course, her approach to writing and the […]

30 July 2021

Getting the most out of your writing summer

by Anna Davis Writing Tips

Warning: The following post is a bit UK-centric and a bit Anna-Davis-centric. However, it still includes writing advice that’s applicable on other shores, in other seasons and in other frames of mind – so do bear with me… And thank you for your indulgence! What a mess of contradictions many of us are finding ourselves […]

28 July 2021

Writing children’s fiction: Advice from author Penny Chrimes and literary agent Lisa Babalis

by Abby Parsons Author Interviews, From the Agents, Writing Tips

Earlier this month, we hosted a webinar with Curtis Brown literary agent Lisa Babalis and her client and former CBC student Penny Chrimes. These special webinars are an exclusive component of our Writing YA & Children’s Fiction course, and they give our students the chance to discover more about finding an agent and the publishing process. Since finishing […]

22 July 2021

How to stay motivated when writing your novel

by Abby Parsons How To ..., Writing Tips

Have you started writing a novel, but found yourself stuck somewhere in the middle of the first draft? Even when you have a brilliant idea and characters you love, it’s common to encounter problems once past your opening chapters. From writer’s block, to plot holes, or scenes that are difficult to write, there are always reasons to put down the pen.  But as […]

22 July 2021

10 TV drama series aspiring screenwriters should watch this summer

by Katie Smart Screenwriting, Writing Tips

If you are an aspiring TV dramatist in need of inspiration, look no further! We’ve collated some of the best TV drama series that are available for you to watch now. Remember, when you’re watching a really gripping TV show for research and inspiration, you should think about how each episode is constructed. You’ll notice […]

14 July 2021

Vaseem Khan: ‘If you’re serious about your writing you need to find time every day to read, write or edit’

by Lyndsey Ng Author Interviews, Writing Tips

We are thrilled that our brand-new six-week online course – Writing Crime Fiction – is open for enrolment. The course features exclusive teaching videos, notes and tasks from Vaseem Khan, the author of two award-winning crime series set in India: the popular Baby Ganesh Detective Agency series and the historical crime Malabar House series. We caught up with […]

06 July 2021

Jenny Colgan: ‘If you love a character you’ll follow them anywhere’

by Abby Parsons Author Interviews, Writing Tips

We’re so excited that our brand-new six-week online course – Writing a Romance Novel – is open for enrolment. The course is led by the brilliant Jenny Colgan, author of numerous bestselling novels including the Little Beach Street Bakery and Scottish Bookshop series. We caught up with Jenny to talk about her approach to writing […]

01 July 2021

Kirsty Capes, author

#WriteCBC tip and task from Kirsty Capes

by Katie Smart Events, Writing Tips

Welcome to our July 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 […]

30 June 2021

Meet our latest cohort of talented Breakthrough mentees

by Katie Smart Events, From Our Students

The Breakthrough Writers’ Programme is an initiative offering free courses, mentoring and scholarships for under-represented writers. It is fully funded by CBC, Curtis Brown Literary Agency and partners. We caught up with some of the talented writers currently taking part in our nine-month Breakthrough Mentoring Programme to find out more about what they’re working on […]

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Writing YA & Children’s Fiction

04 Oct – 17 Jan

Character Development – The Deep Dive

21 Oct – 02 Dec

Writing Crime Fiction

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Writing a Romance Novel

28 Oct – 09 Nov
Cynan Jones, author

Writing Short Stories

14 Oct – 25 Nov

Writing a Memoir

14 Oct – 25 Nov