01 January 2019

Writing a scene

New year’s writing resolutions

by Anna Davis Events, Writing Tips

Well my goodness me, it’s new year again, which means we all have a clean slate and the chance to start afresh. For many that might mean joining the gym, dry January or perhaps arranging that long-put-off trip to the dentist … But for us writers, it’s also an important moment to set goals for […]

01 January 2019


Curtis Brown Creative’s 2018 highlights

by Katie Smart Events, Student Successes

We hope that you all had a lovely time celebrating the holidays and bringing in the New Year with family and friends. As 2019 begins we thought it would be the perfect time to reflect on our favourite moments of 2018 – from new book deals for our former students to launching new courses, it […]

19 December 2018

The CBC Team, from left: Anna Davis (Managing Director), Katie Smart (Team Assistant), Jack Hadley (Courses Manager)

What creative writing course do YOU think CBC should run?

by Anna Davis Our Courses

As 2018 draws to a close, the CBC team is thinking hard about what Curtis Brown Creative will do in 2019 – and particularly about what our next new online creative writing courses should be … We’re definitely going to launch a brand new course in 2019, and we’d be really interested to hear from […]

14 December 2018

Lesley Sanderson, Author

Tips for plotting and structuring your novel

by Lesley Sanderson Student Successes, Writing Tips

Lesley Sanderson was a student on our 6-month novel-writing course in London back in 2015, her debut psychological thriller The Orchid Girls is out now. Lesley worked on this novel during her time with us and since taking the course and honing her craft she has learnt how much of a difference plotting your novel can […]

10 December 2018

msystic scene with red chair in a winter forest

#WriteCBC The Big Winter Story – the complete story with illustrations …

by Anna Davis Events

This month, December, we ran a special festive #WriteCBC collaborative challenge on Twitter. We started out with a photo prompt (above) set by the wonderful Marian Keyes – and across eight days we invited writers to tweet potential episodes to create a Big Winter Story. Each day, writers had to respond to the previous day’s episode, […]

06 December 2018

Ren Renwick, CEO of the AOI

Children’s books and business – what you need to know

by Ren Renwick Guest Blog, Writing Tips

Ren Renwick, CEO of the Association of Illustrators, gives her top tips on becoming a professional children’s picture book illustrator.

06 December 2018

msystic scene with red chair in a winter forest

#WriteCBC The Big Winter Story – task and tips …

by Anna Davis Events, Writing Tips

Our Big Winter Story is complete with a title – and it’s  … The Winter of Stolen Words – from Greg H! Congratulations, Greg. You win a £50 discount off one of our 6-week online courses. We feel this title says a lot about the story, while also having a mysterious and magical quality about […]

05 December 2018

Catherine Cho, literary agent

How to query a literary agent

by Catherine Cho From the Agents, Guest Blog, Writing Tips

Finding an agent is a matter of fit. It takes persistence and confidence, remember that publishing is a subjective business, and so what might be a NO for some agents is a YES for others. Catherine Cho, an Associate Agent at Curtis Brown, shares her top tips on how to send a query to a literary agent.

30 November 2018

Marian Keyes, Author© Dean Chalkley

#WriteCBC – The Big Winter Story

by Anna Davis Events, Writing Tips

For THIS month – December – we’re running a VERY SPECIAL #WriteCBC, with a writing task set by the fabulous MARIAN KEYES!! Here’s how to play…

30 November 2018

CBC published authors

Discover the books that the literary agents will be gifting this Christmas

by Katie Smart From the Agents

We asked the literary agents at Curtis Brown and C&W what they will be reading over the festive period, as well as the books they will be gifting to their loved ones.

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