Guest Blog Posts

10 September 2018

New term new stories: ‘We have to find the way to tell our stories that suits us’

by Catherine Johnson Guest Blog, Writing Tips

Catherine Johnson is the author of several YA and children’s novels including Sawbones, which won the Young Quills Prize for best Historical Fiction in the 12+ category, The Curious Tale of the Lady Caraboo, which was shortlisted for the YA Book Prize 2016 and her new novel Freedom, a middle grade novel about slavery in Britain. Catherine is also […]

03 August 2018

Dawn Goodwin: ‘the course fuelled my motivation to finish the novel’

by Dawn Goodwin From Our Students, Guest Blog

Dawn Goodwin studied on the very first of our online writing courses in 2013 – alongside fellow novelists Alice Clark-Platts and Catherine Bennetto. Her debut novel The Accident a gripping psychological thriller was published last year by Head of Zeus imprint Aria. Here Dawn discusses how the CBC course helped her to finish that first novel and then go on to write her second thriller The Pupil  (published […]

03 August 2018

Writing female friendships: ‘the best relationships in fiction are hard won’

by Jo Jakeman From Our Students, Guest Blog, Opinion

Jo Jakeman studied on our six-month online novel-writing course in the spring of 2016, taught by CBC veteran Lisa O’Donnell. Her debut novel Stick and Stones was snapped up at auction by Harvill Secker in a high-profile deal, and came out in hardback on July 12th. Sticks and Stones is a thriller centered on three very different women all […]

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 […]

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