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27 January 2021

Abigail Mann: ‘If you want to write a book, no one else is going to write it for you’

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

Abigail Mann was a student on our Staring to Write Your Novel course back in 2018. Her debut novel The Lonely Fajita was shortlisted for the Comedy Women in Print Prize 2019 and went on to be published by HarperCollins in 2021. We caught up with Abigail to find out about the inspiration behind her […]

25 January 2021

Anna Davis, Curtis Brown Creative's Managing Director

Anna Davis answers your questions about creative writing, literary agents and publishing

by Katie Smart Author Interviews, How To ..., Writing Tips

Last Thursday our founder and Director Anna Davis took to Twitter to answer your burning questions about writing and publishing – from advising on how best to approach literary agents to discussing the current book market. It was clear from your questions that many of you have set the goal to submit your novel to agents […]

21 January 2021

Writing from Home

Tips for TV screenwriters | Prepare your application to our Writing an Original TV Drama Serial course

by Jack Hadley Writing Tips

Are you thinking of applying to our Writing an Original TV Drama Serial course? Maybe you already have some screenwriting experience – you might even have credits to your name… Or perhaps you’re a writer who’s worked in other disciplines (such as theatre or fiction). Maybe you’re totally new to writing and feel inspired to […]

20 January 2021

Leila Aboulela: ‘Some of the happiest and most inspiring moments in my career took place when I was an unpublished writer’

by Katie Smart Author Interviews, Writing Tips

Leila Aboulela is an award-winning author. She is the author of five novels, Bird Summons, The Translator, a New York Times 100 Notable Books of the Year, The Kindness of Enemies, Minaret and Lyrics Alley, Fiction Winner of the Scottish Book Awards. Leila was the first winner of the Caine Prize for African Writing and her latest story […]

13 January 2021

Ten tips for writing dialogue

by Discoveries Discoveries, From the Agents, Writing Tips

CBC and Curtis Brown are proud to be partnering with the Women’s Prize Trust and NatWest to create Discoveries, a writing development prize and programme that offers aspiring female authors of all ages and backgrounds encouragement and support at the beginning of their creative journeys. This week Discoveries team member and Curtis Brown associate agent, Viola Hayden is talking […]

12 January 2021

Cathi Unsworth, author and tutor

Cathi Unsworth: ‘Keep going until you get to the end of the novel… Everything can be fixed in editing’

by Katie Smart Author Interviews, Writing Tips

Cathi Unsworth is the acclaimed author of four crime novels, most recently That Old Black Magic; plus two further (non-genre) novels, all published by Serpent’s Tail. Cathi is a mentor for our new Breakthrough Writers’ Programme which offers nine months of free one-to-one mentoring to under-represented aspiring authors. She is also a co-tutor on our upcoming […]

11 January 2021

Clare Mackintosh, author

Clare Mackintosh: ‘Writing a good crime novel is like performing a magic trick’

by Katie Smart Author Interviews, Writing Tips

Clare Mackintosh is a number one bestselling crime author. We’re very grateful to Clare for providing funding for one talented Black writer to join our online six-month Writing Your Novel course. Through the Clare Mackintosh Scholarship for Black Writers Clare will also provide a bespoke mentoring package for the winning student. We caught up with Clare about […]

06 January 2021

Lisa Babalis, Literary Agent

How to edit your novel before submitting

by Discoveries Discoveries, From the Agents, How To ..., Writing Tips

CBC and Curtis Brown are proud to be partnering with the Women’s Prize Trust and NatWest to create Discoveries, a writing development prize and programme that offers aspiring female authors of all ages and backgrounds encouragement and support at the beginning of their creative journeys. This week Discoveries team member, experienced editor and Curtis Brown literary agent, […]

01 January 2021

Creative writing opportunities to kick-start 2021

by Katie Smart Events, Writing Tips

The new year provides the perfect excuse to revaluate goals and priorities as we look forward and think about what we want to work on in 2021. For writers that might mean submitting a book to agents, embarking on a dreaded edit or finally dedicating the time needed to put pen to paper. Whatever your […]

16 December 2020

Jacob Ross: ‘Narrative Craft is not only about passing on techniques… it is also about boosting self-belief’

by Katie Smart Author Interviews

Jacob Ross is an award-winning author, his crime novel  The Bone Readers won the inaugural Jhalak Prize in 2017 and his collected short fiction Tell No-One About This was listed by the 2017 Bocas Literary Prize among the best Caribbean fictional works. His most recent crime novel Black Rain Falling was published in spring 2020. We are delighted to welcome […]

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