25 February 2020

Writing your novel

How to plan your novel in ten steps

by Jennifer Kerslake From the Agents, How To ..., Writing Tips

Every author will ultimately develop their own approach to planning and writing a novel and there’s certainly no one-size-fits-all solution. Nor is there a consensus among the professionals. If you’re wondering how to plan your own novel, here are ten steps to get you started.

19 February 2020

Cathy Rentzenbrink

Writing your memoir: Four steps to get you started

by Cathy Rentzenbrink Author Interviews, Writing Tips

Cathy Rentzenbrink is the tutor of our online Writing a Memoir course – and she’s going to teach a brand new Four-Day Intensive Memoir-Writing Course at our London offices this April (now open for applications). Cathy is the author of The Last Act of Love, which was a Sunday Times bestseller and was shortlisted for the Wellcome Prize. She followed it […]

11 February 2020

How to prepare your Writing an Original TV Drama Serial course application

by Clare Alan How To ..., Writing Tips

Clare Alan is a tutor on our first ever Writing an Original TV Drama Serial course, and an experienced script editor and producer who has worked on a range of TV and film projects in the UK and Ireland, including Solomon & Gaenor, factual drama The Investigator, Dangerfield, Silent Witness and The Vice. As the […]

11 February 2020

Colin Teevan Screen Writer for TV

Colin Teevan: ‘Research is paramount – you can’t fill in the dots later’

by Katie Smart Author Interviews, Writing Tips

We’re so excited to welcome celebrated screenwriter, playwright and translator Colin Teevan to the the Curtis Brown Creative tutor team. He will lead fifteen screenwriting students in our first ever Writing an Original TV Drama Serial course this spring. Colin is writer and executive producer of Rebellion (RTE, Netflix) and lead writer, showrunner and executive producer on […]

06 February 2020

Gordon Wise agent

#WriteCBC – Writing Tip and Task from Gordon Wise

by Anna Davis Events, Writing Tips

Hello writers, it’s time for our first #WriteCBC Twitter competition of this new decade! To start us off in style, we are delighted to welcome the wonderful Gordon Wise as our special guest. Gordon is a literary agent and joint head of the Curtis Brown books department. His fabulous client features non-fiction in the areas […]

06 February 2020

Nick Marston Agent

Nick Marston: ‘You have to be the client’s confidant – and give them confidence’

by Nick Marston Course News, From the Agents, Writing Tips

Nick Marston is the Chairman of Curtis Brown’s Theatre, TV and Film department. He’s been an agent here at Curtis Brown since 1997, representing an extraordinary array of screenwriters, directors and playwrights including Conor McPherson, Enda Walsh, Mark O’Rowe, Stuart Carolan, Eugene O’Brien, Hossein Amini and Rowan Joffe. Ahead of our first ever course in Writing an Original TV Drama Serial […]

06 February 2020

Jenny Quintana Author

Six ways to build suspense

by Jenny Quintana From Our Students, Writing Tips

Jenny Quintana worked on her debut novel The Missing Girl on one of our London novel-writing courses. This debut went on to be named the Waterstones Thriller of the Month for July 2018. Her highly anticipated second novel Our Dark Secret is a gripping tale of the lasting damage caused by an obsessive teenage friendship. […]

31 January 2020

Charlotte Northedge, author

Charlotte Northedge: ‘Get a first draft finished. It doesn’t have to be perfect …’

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

We are ecstatic to share the news of our 80th former student with a publishing deal! Charlotte Northedge studied with us in London in 2015 and was part of a lively group of novel-writing students which included Ella Dove – whose debut novel Five Steps to Happy was published by Trapeze last year. Now Charlotte’s […]

30 January 2020

Cathy Rentzenbrink

Cathy Rentzenbrink on Truth and Memory

by Cathy Rentzenbrink Writing Tips

Cathy Rentzenbrink is the tutor of our online Writing a Memoir course – and is now also to teach a brand new four-day intensive memoir-writing course at our London offices this April (now open for applications). Cathy is the author of The Last Act of Love, which was a Sunday Times bestseller and was shortlisted for the […]

24 January 2020

Cynan Jones, author

Cynan Jones on building character

by Cynan Jones Writing Tips

Our six-week online Writing Short Stories course is led by award-winning short story author Cynan Jones. Cynan won the Betty Trask award for his novel The Long Dry and he won BBC National Short Story Award in 2017, for which he is on the 2019 judging panel (shortlist to be announced on Friday 6th September 2019). His short stories have appeared in a variety […]

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