03 July 2018

Catherine Johnson and Sarah Quinn

The Sarah Quinn BAME Writing Scholarship for YA and Children’s Fiction

by Katie Smart Events, Our Courses

We’re excited to announce that former Curtis Brown Creative student Sarah Quinn is providing a new BAME writing scholarship for our Writing YA and Children’s Fiction online course, taught by author Catherine Johnson. One talented writer of colour will receive a fully-funded place on the 3-month course, which runs this autumn. We want to encourage and support greater diversity amongst our students […]

29 June 2018

Writing Tasks

#WriteCBC – how to join in our monthly writing competition on Twitter

by Anna Davis Events

Curtis Brown Creative runs a monthly writing competition on Twitter – it happens on the first Thursday of every month,  join in and potentially win a free place on one of our six-week online writing courses. Here’s how to play …  On the first Thursday of every month – starting 5 July 2018 – we’ll be posting one […]

28 June 2018

Summer Reads

Summer must-reads from former CBC students

by Katie Smart Novels by CBC Alumni

A heatwave has hit UK this week – and as we swelter in the London heat, now feels like a good time for a round-up of the hot new summer reads from of our published students. So here’s a selection of upcoming publications from Curtis Brown Creative students, which will make perfect beach reads and travel companions. […]

27 June 2018

Lisa O'Donnell, author and tutor

7 top tips for writing great dialogue in your novel

by Lisa O'Donnell Guest Blog, Writing Tips

Lisa O’Donnell is the author of two novels: Closed Doors, and Commonwealth-Book-Prize-winning The Death of Bees. She is one of the tight-knit team of tutors on our online creative writing courses and has taught many of our published students, including best-selling author Jane Harper. Here she offers her advice on writing convincing dialogue that works for your novel. When I was younger […]

22 June 2018

Anna Davis, Curtis Brown Creative Managing Director

How to write a synopsis for your novel

by Anna Davis Writing Tips

If you spend time online reading tips on how to write a synopsis for a novel, you’ll find masses of different and contradictory ideas – but I reckon I can safely assert one universal truth: Nobody – but nobody – finds them easy to write! The synopsis is a short, lively overview of your novel. […]

21 June 2018

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Rae DelBianco: At CBC I was judged by the quality of my writing, not my CV or pedigree

by Katie Smart Author Interviews, From Our Students, Novels by CBC Alumni, Student Successes

Rae DelBianco was a student on our London novel-writing course in 2015 – in fact she came over from the US for six months specifically to study on our course! Her much anticipated debut Rough Animals was published by Arcade in the US earlier this month, and is currently being translated into French and Italian. We caught up with Rae to discuss […]

21 June 2018

Laura Marshall, author

Laura Marshall’s Three Little (Writing) Tips

by Laura Marshall From Our Students, Novels by CBC Alumni, Student Successes, Writing Tips

Regular readers of this blog will already be familiar with Laura Marshall – whose psychological thriller Friend Request became an instant bestseller when it was published last year. Laura took one of our London-based creative writing courses, and rapidly went on to secure representation with Curtis Brown agent Felicity Blunt and UK publication with Sphere (part of Little Brown). A US publication deal with Grand […]

15 June 2018

achel Marks and Alice Lutyens

How writer Rachel Marks hooked her agent, Alice Lutyens

by Katie Smart Author Interviews, From Our Students, From the Agents, Student Successes

Rachel Marks took our 3-month online novel-writing course taught by Lisa O’Donnell back in 2016. Now her debut novel has been sold at auction to Michael Joseph (part of the Penguin Random House group) via Curtis Brown agent Alice Lutyens, who represents more former CBC students than any other literary agent – including Jane Harper, Kate Hamer and Catherine Bennetto. Rachel’s novel, Love […]

15 June 2018

Editorial Director Sam Eades

Sam Eades on Write Your Own Love Story – a new competition

by Sam Eades Events, Guest Blog, Writing Tips

eHarmony and Trapeze Books recently announced the launch of the Write Your Own Love Story competition – a creative writing competition for unpublished writers dedicated to finding the new great love story. The winner will be offered a publishing contract with Trapeze – worth £10,000 – as well as mentoring from Trapeze author Anna Stuart. One lucky […]

11 June 2018

Geoff D. Sanders

Developing and writing crime series

by Geoff Sanders From Our Students, Novels by CBC Alumni, Student Successes, Writing Tips

Geoff Sanders worked on an early draft of his novel The Taken Girls on our 3-month London-based novel-writing course back in 2013. I remember intensive discussions with him about plotting – particularly the decision to split his original complex idea into two separate novels – and about the development of his series detective DI Ogborne […]

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