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05 May 2020

CBC’s 9th Birthday – & Agents Under Lockdown

by Anna Davis Events, How To ..., Writing Tips

Today – 5th May 2020 – is our ninth birthday. Yep, it’s a full nine years since Jake Arnott and I first walked into the agency’s reception area to welcome fifteen nervous students to Curtis Brown Creative, while trying not to let them see that we were at least as nervous as they were … […]

30 April 2020

Cathryn Summerhayes

Cathryn Summerhayes: ‘It’s the eclectic nature of the job and of the authors you work with that make you fizz with excitement’

by Katie Smart From the Agents, Writing Tips

Cathryn Summerhayes re-joined Curtis Brown in September 2016 having started her literary agency career there as an intern in 2004. She represents an amazing list of clients including Dr Adam Kay, Naomi Wood, Kirsty Logan, Lisa Taddeo, Lucy Foley and Sir Ranulph Fiennes. Cathryn was named Literary Agent of the Year at the 2019 British Book Awards. […]

28 April 2020

Vitual writing group meet-upNine former students on a Zoom call. All fifteen are still in touch, one way or another.

Writing group: Five years on and still going strong

by Sean Lusk From Our Students, Writing Tips

Sean Lusk and his cohort of CBC writers continue to support each other five years after their three-month novel-writing course finished. Sean and his writing buddies still critique drafts, celebrate publications and now they’re even Zooming each other throughout lockdown. We fifteen prospective authors met one April evening back in 2015 to begin our three-month […]

23 April 2020

Imogen Crimp Author

Imogen Crimp: ‘Hearing our group’s thoughts on characters that had previously only existed in my own head helped clarify my thinking’

by Katie Smart Author Interviews, From Our Students

Imogen Crimp took a three-month novel-writing course with us in London in 2018, during which she worked on her debut The High Notes. She met her agent (C&W’s Emma Finn) during the course and now she has an incredible book deal with Bloomsbury. We found out more about Imogen’s time on the course – where she met some […]

21 April 2020

Gareth L Powell Author

Ten lockdown self-care tips for writers

by Gareth L. Powell Author Interviews, Writing Tips

Gareth L. Powell was born in Bristol in 1970 and still lives nearby. He began writing at school and was fortunate to count Diana Wynne Jones and Helen Dunmore as early mentors. After a number of small press publications, he sold his first professional short story to Interzone magazine in 2006. A short novel, Silversands, appeared in 2010 and […]

16 April 2020

Susie Bower, Children's AuthorPhoto by Sally Sargent, Natural Portraits Photography

Susie Bower: ‘Writing text for picture books is every bit as complex as writing for any other genre’

by Katie Smart Author Interviews, From Our Students

Susie Bower worked on her picture book SHOOO!! during our online Writing a Children’s Picture Book course. Now the picture book will be published by Pushkin Press. We caught up with Susie to find out more about writing for children and her time on the course … You took our online Writing a Children’s Picture […]

15 April 2020

Ann Gosslin author

Ann Gosslin: ‘Don’t be afraid to write a terrible first draft’

by Katie Smart Author Interviews, From Our Students

Ann Gosslin was a student on our popular six-week online Edit & Pitch Your Novel course in 2017. Now she has a two-book deal with Legend Press! Read on to find out more about Ann’s time studying online with CBC and her debut novel The Shadow Bird … You took our online Edit & Pitch Your Novel course […]

09 April 2020

James Bailey: ‘You won’t know what could be unless you get the book written’

by Katie Smart Author Interviews, From Our Students

James Bailey took a six-month novel-writing course with us in London in 2018, during which he worked on his debut romantic comedy The Flip Side. Following the course, he received a two-book deal with Michael Joseph. We found out more about James’ time on the course, his support group of writers and the inspiration behind […]

02 April 2020

Nikki Smith, author

#WriteCBC tip and task from Nikki Smith

by Anna Davis Events, Writing Tips

Welcome to our first Isolation #WriteCBC. I’m sure that most people who take part every month do so from home – but this will be the first time that ALL of us are at home – the CBC team included. If you haven’t taken part before, we’re very happy to have you join this writing […]

02 April 2020

Four ways to write believable characters

by Haleh Agar Writing Tips

Haleh Agar was born and raised with her two sisters in Canada. She left to teach English Literature at international schools in Bahrain, Singapore and most recently London, where she now lives. Haleh has been published in literary magazines and journals, including Mslexia, Viva Magazine, Fincham Press and Lamplight Magazine. She won the Brighton Prize for a piece of flash fiction, […]

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