31 August 2018


CBC round-up: Coming up in September

by Jack Hadley Events

Summer’s coming to an end – kids will be returning to school, and CBC will be re-opening its (literal and virtual) doors to a whole new bunch of talented writing folk in a few weeks. To mark the occasion, we’re running a couple of events on Twitter to get us all back in that writing […]

24 August 2018

Anna Davis, Curtis Brown Creative Managing Director

How to write great dialogue in fiction

by Anna Davis Opinion, Writing Tips

Well-handled dialogue is one of THE essential ingredients of a good novel. And yet it’s something that many writers struggle with and even shy away from. The trick is to make your characters’ speech carry the ring and rhythm of real-life conversations without actually trying to recreate them verbatim, complete with all the er’s, um’s, […]

22 August 2018

Ann-Marie Howell, author

An interview with Ann-Marie Howell, the 50th CBC student to get a major book deal

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

Ann-Marie Howell is our 50th former novel-writing student to get a major publishing deal. Her debut middle grade novel, The Garden of Found and Lost, will be published by Usborne in 2019. Ann-Marie was a student on our online Writing YA and Children’s Fiction course back in 2015 (check out this blog about her time on the course). Here we […]

09 August 2018

Writing your novel

How to create great characters in fiction

by Anna Davis From the Agents, Writing Tips

With the CBC team all heading off for our summer holidays, we wanted to leave you with some writing tips to give you some food for fiction-thought across the next couple of weeks while we’re away – plus some writing exercises for those of you who want to keep working while you’re lying by the pool […]

09 August 2018


CBC celebrates 50 commercial publishing deals for its novel-writing students

by Katie Smart Novels by CBC Alumni, Student Successes

This week at Curtis Brown Creative we reached our half-century, our golden anniversary … that’s right, our 50th former novel-writing student has gone on to get a major publishing deal and we couldn’t be more thrilled. We are so proud of each and every one of our students, and here’s to the next 50! In honour of […]

08 August 2018

Books from published alumni of our novel writing courses

What the literary agents are reading this summer

by Katie Smart From the Agents

At the start of the British heatwave we shared some sizzling summer reads from our recently published former creative writing course students (check out the blog here). Now that the summer is in full swing we thought it would be the perfect time to ask the literary agent teams at Curtis Brown and C+W the all important […]

03 August 2018

Dawn Goodwin, author

Dawn Goodwin: ‘the course fuelled my motivation to finish the novel’

by Dawn Goodwin From Our Students, Guest Blog

Dawn Goodwin studied on the very first of our online writing courses in 2013 – alongside fellow novelists Alice Clark-Platts and Catherine Bennetto. Her debut novel The Accident a gripping psychological thriller was published last year by Head of Zeus imprint Aria. Here Dawn discusses how the CBC course helped her to finish that first novel and then go on to write her second thriller The Pupil  (published […]

03 August 2018

Jo Jakeman, author

Writing female friendships: ‘the best relationships in fiction are hard won’

by Jo Jakeman From Our Students, Guest Blog, Opinion

Jo Jakeman studied on our six-month online novel-writing course in the spring of 2016, taught by CBC veteran Lisa O’Donnell. Her debut novel Stick and Stones was snapped up at auction by Harvill Secker in a high-profile deal, and came out in hardback on July 12th. Sticks and Stones is a thriller centered on three very different women all […]

02 August 2018

Laura Marshall, author

#WriteCBC: Writing tip and writing task from Laura Marshall

by Anna Davis Events, Writing Tips

Yes, it’s that time already! Welcome to the second of our monthly #WriteCBC day-long Twitter challenges! Today – Thursday 2nd August – bestselling author and CBC alumna Laura Marshall is in the hot seat with a writing tip and task. Join in on Twitter @cbcreative to potentially win a place on one of our 6-week online courses – or just for fun! Read […]

26 July 2018

David O'Connell, author-illustratorDavid O'Connell, Photo by Dave Warren

David O’Connell: ‘a bad rhyme is like nails on a blackboard’

by Katie Smart Author Interviews

David O’Connell, is an author-illustrator and he leads our new Writing a Children’s Picture Book course. His first illustrated children’s chapter book, Monster & Chips, came out in 2013, and he worked with Sarah McIntyre (who leads the Illustrating a Children’s Picture Book course) on the children’s picture book Jampires. He has also collaborated with Sam Watkins, Francesca Gambatesa and Tom Nicoll. His latest children’s chapter book […]

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