Guest Blog Posts

10 July 2018

Nine tips for writing scenes

by Simon Wroe Guest Blog, Writing Tips

Simon Wroe is the author of two novels: Chop Chop (shortlisted for the Costa First Novel Prize) and Here Comes Trouble (shortlisted for the Bollinger Everyman Wodehouse Prize). He is a regular tutor on our six-month novel-writing course, and a client of C+W agent Susan Armstrong. Here he offers advice on how to make your scenes […]

05 July 2018

Six tips for writing romantic comedy for the modern reader

by Catherine Bennetto From Our Students, Guest Blog, Writing Tips

Catherine Bennetto was a student on our first ever online novel-writing course in autumn 2013, and after the course she gained representation from CB’s Alice Lutyens. Her debut novel How Not to Fall in Love, Actually was published as an e-book and then in paperback (S&S), and took a fresh, laugh-out-loud look at contemporary romance. Her second novel, Make Or Break, is out […]

05 July 2018

Five things I’ve learnt about writing a psychological thriller

by Heidi Perks From Our Students, Guest Blog, Student Successes, Writing Tips

Heidi Perks took our online novel-writing course back in 2013, and after impressively self-publishing her debut Beneath the Surface in 2016, her second psychological thriller, Now You See Her, was bought by Century in a major deal. Here she shares five important lessons she’s learnt about writing psychological thrillers … One of the very first things I remember my CBC tutor, Chris […]

27 June 2018

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 […]

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Books recently announced the launch of the Write Your Own Love Story competition – a creative writing competition for unpublished writers dedicated to finding the new great love story.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

31 May 2018

Writing a novel with dual timelines

by Caroline Beecham From Our Students, Guest Blog, Novels by CBC Alumni, Writing Tips

Caroline Beecham’s first novel Maggie’s Kitchen (a romance set in WWII) was published by Ebury Press in 2017. Now she’s back with her second book, Eleanor’s Secret – the novel she worked on during her time on our 6-month online novel-writing course – which moves back and forth between two timelines: London, 1942 When art school graduate, Eleanor Roy, is recruited by […]

09 May 2018

Researching your historical novel: 6 Key Points

by James Hall From Our Students, Guest Blog, Opinion, Student Successes

James Hall took our London based novel-writing course in 2012, and his debut novel, The Industry of Human Happiness (Lightning Books), is set in the murky backstage world of late-Victorian theatreland. It lovingly depicts the early years of recorded music in turn-of-the-century London. James offers us some insights on how he approached the research for his book, a key question for anyone writing […]

20 April 2018

Why authors should be using social media

by Rae DelBianco Guest Blog, Novels by CBC Alumni, Opinion

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 is out from Arcade publishing on June 5th, and has already been compared to the likes of Cormac McCarthy. Rae grew up in Bucks […]

17 April 2018

How to tackle tough subjects in YA fiction

by Eve Ainsworth Author Interviews, Guest Blog, Opinion, Writing Tips

Eve Ainsworth is the acclaimed author of four YA novels, and is represented by Curtis Brown agent, Stephanie Thwaites. Before she became a published author, Eve worked in a large secondary school supporting pupils with their emotional and behavioural issues. Now she’s taken this interest forward into her fiction, which tackles real-life teen issues. Her latest novel, Tender, explores mental […]

06 April 2018

How not to write a children’s book

by Chris Smith Guest Blog, Writing Tips

Greg James and Chris Smith are the creative minds behind the best-selling Kid Normal children’s books. The duo are represented by Curtis Brown’s very own Stephanie Thwaites.  With the second Kid Normal book, Kid Normal and the Rogue Heroes new out (March 2018), Chris Smith is here to offer some advice on how NOT to write a children’s book: […]

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