Events Posts

15 June 2018

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Books recently announced the launch of the Write Your Own Love Story competition – a creative writing competition for unpublished writers dedicated to finding the new great love story.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 […]

04 June 2018

Writing tip & task 7/7: Finding the right title for your novel

by Anna Davis Events, Writing Tips

Day 7: OK, so today is me – Anna Davis – back for more. I just couldn’t resist the opportunity to have the last word in our 7th birthday 7-day writing challenge. We’re finishing up with titles. Sometimes they come to you unbidden and perfect, leading you into your story (utter joy!). At others you […]

03 June 2018

Writing tip & task 6/7: Creating a sense of place

by Anna Davis Events, Writing Tips

Day 6: It’s extremely lovely to be introducing Laura Barnett, number-one-best-selling author of The Versions of Us and Greatest Hits – and the newest member of the CBC teaching team. Laura joins our six-month London-based novel-writing course as a guest tutor this Autumn – teaching three sessions – so do take a look if you’re a […]

02 June 2018

Writing tip & task 5/7: Plotting a strong story arc

by Anna Davis Events, Writing Tips

Day 5: The next CBC tutor to take up the baton in our 7 days of writing tips and tasks is bestselling children’s-author Catherine Johnson, who teaches our 3-month online course on Writing YA and Children’s Fiction. Catherine’s a massively popular tutor, who has now taught more courses for CBC than anyone else, and who also writes […]

01 June 2018

Writing tip & task 4/7: Bring your dialogue to life

by Anna Davis Events, Writing Tips

Day 4: The fourth of our 7 writing tips and tasks comes from Christopher Wakling, who became a CBC tutor way back in the Autumn of 2011, on our second-ever novel-writing course. Chris also taught on our first ever online novel-writing course in 2013, and has seen more of his students go on to get publishing deals […]

31 May 2018

Writing tip & task 3/7: Simplify your story in two sentences

by Anna Davis Events, Writing Tips

Day 3: The third writing tip and task in our 7-day challenge are provided by Lisa O’Donnell – fabulous tutor of many of our online novel-writing courses – and mentor of best-selling and award-winning Jane Harper, as well as quite a few more of our published CBC alumni. Lisa famously asks all her students to write […]

30 May 2018

Writing Tip & Task 2/7: Using detail to reveal character

by Anna Davis Events, Writing Tips

Day 2: The second writing tip and writing task in our 7-day challenge comes from tutor Simon Wroe – and it’s all about how you can use little details to show character. Here’s the tip we’ve tweeted: Consider how people reveal themselves through the everyday – their props and routines. We don’t need a character playing […]

29 May 2018

Writing Tip & Task 1/7: Writing the opening line of your novel

by Anna Davis Events, Writing Tips

Day 1: We’re starting our #WriteCBC 7-Day Challenge at the beginning, with first lines. It’s the sentence that you’ll spend the most time on in any novel or short story that you work on. Writing it, rewriting it, staring hard at it, delete it … It’s your crucial starting point so how do you get it right? […]

23 May 2018

Join CBC’s 7th Birthday writing challenge!

by Anna Davis Events, Writing Tips

It’s our 7th birthday! I know, I know – not as young as we used to be, but I reckon we’ve still got it! Jake Arnott and I opened our boardroom doors to 15 students for the very first CBC novel-writing course back in May 2011 – and it all went so swimmingly that in September I […]

02 May 2018

Curious Arts Festival July 2018

by Katie Smart Events

Once again, we’re delighted to offer our CBC newsletter subscribers an exclusive special offer of 25% off the price of tickets for the Curious Arts Festival – the most boutique and bohemian literary and music festival that you’re likely to encounter this summer, founded and co-run by our lovely colleague Clare Conville from the C+W agency. It all takes place on […]

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