07 April 2022

Kate Evans: ‘I like complex and layered characters’

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

Kate Evans studied on our three-month online Writing Your Novel course in 2016. Now she is the author of the North Yorkshire-set DC Donna Morris series, which begins with A Wake of Crows (out now in paperback from Constable, Hachette). We caught up with Kate to find out more about her crime novel and advice […]

29 March 2022

Emma Kavanagh: ‘I have always been interested in those people who seem to do the impossible’

by Katie Smart Author Interviews, Writing Tips

We’re delighted to welcome crime writer and police psychologist Dr Emma Kavanagh to our teaching team, as the lead tutor of our upcoming online course: Writing Crime & Thrillers – Advanced. Emma has a PhD in cognitive psychology, and she worked for decades as a police and military psychologist, training firearms officers, command staff and […]

24 March 2022

Meet Theresa Tully, winner of the Breakthrough YA & Children’s Fiction Scholarship

by Katie Smart Events, From Our Students

We are pleased to introduce Theresa Tully, who has been awarded the Breakthrough YA & Children’s Fiction Scholarship for Writers of Colour for her middle-grade novel-in-progress Hilda Saves the Multiverse. Theresa won a place on our three-month online Writing YA & Children’s Fiction course led by Catherine Johnson. We are extremely grateful to the Curtis […]

23 March 2022

Suzannah Dunn, author and CBC online novel writing course tutor

CBC tutor Q&A: Suzannah Dunn

by Jack Hadley Author Interviews, Course News

The wonderful Suzannah Dunn is a much-loved member of the CBC tutor team. Suzannah has published fourteen novels, both contemporary and historical fiction. Here Suzannah talks about her approach to novel-writing, advice for writers juggling other commitments, and what she enjoys most about teaching students of our online novel-writing courses. Do you have a particular writing […]

15 March 2022

Meet Sarah Cotton, winner of the CHEERIO Novel-Writing Scholarship

by Katie Smart Events, From Our Students

We are pleased to announce that Sarah Cotton has been awarded the CHEERIO Novel-Writing Scholarship for Writers with Low Income for her novel-in-progress Our Potions. Sarah has won a place on our three-month online Writing Your Novel course led by author-tutor Chris Wakling. We are extremely grateful to CHEERIO Publishing for providing this scholarship, and […]

08 March 2022

Meet Seema Clear, winner of the Breakthrough Novel-Writing Scholarship

by Katie Smart Events, From Our Students

We are pleased to announce that Seema Clear has been awarded the Breakthrough Novel-Writing Scholarship for Writers of Colour for her novel-in-progress The Refugees. Seema has won a place on our six-month online Writing Your Novel course led by author-tutors Lisa O’Donnell and Simon Ings. We are extremely grateful to the Curtis Brown Literary and […]

03 March 2022

#WriteCBC tip and task from Tasha Harrison

by Katie Smart Events, From Our Students, Writing Tips

Welcome to our March 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 […]

02 March 2022

Adam Roberts: ‘Science fiction isn’t about accurate prediction, it’s about the eloquence and wonder of our ideas, our imaginings’

by Katie Smart Author Interviews, Writing Tips

We are thrilled that our new six-week online course – Writing Science Fiction – is open for enrolment. The course features exclusive teaching videos, notes and tasks from Adam Roberts. Adam is a prolific science fiction writer, and Professor of Nineteenth-century Literature and Culture at Royal Holloway University of London. He has published 23 novels, most recently Purgatory Mount […]

01 March 2022

Meet Sophie Bentinck, winner of the Breakthrough Scholarship for Memoir Writers

by Katie Smart Events, From Our Students

We are pleased to announce that Sophie Bentinck has been awarded the Breakthrough Scholarship for Memoir Writers for her memoir-in-progress Pauline. Sophie has won a place on our three-month online Writing Your Memoir course led by bestselling author Cathy Rentzenbrink. We are extremely grateful to the Curtis Brown Literary and Talent Agency for providing this […]

24 February 2022

Emily Barr & Craig Barr-Green on writing YA & children’s books

by Katie Smart Author Interviews, Writing Tips

YA and children’s authors Emily Barr and Craig Barr-Green will lead our upcoming Writing YA & Children’s Fiction course. Between the two of them, Emily and Craig have written fiction for just about every age group possible; they’ve led many writing courses together – and are also married to each other! We spoke to them about their writing careers, […]

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