Writing Tips Posts

24 March 2020

Start writing while you’re stuck at home

by Anna Davis Events, Writing Tips

Well, who’d have thought even a few weeks ago that so many of us in the world would now be restricted to our homes for potentially quite a long time? These are undoubtedly very challenging times for all of us – and for some much more so. But for many of us, this could be […]

16 March 2020

Cecilia Lyra: ‘The two main ingredients are: a strong voice and a high-stakes central conflict’

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

Cecilia Lyra took our online novel-writing course with Lisa O’Donnell in 2014. Now Cecilia has a two-book deal with Bookouture. Her debut novel The Sunset Sisters has already been a number one bestseller in Germany and we’re excited for it to be published in the UK. As well as being an author Cecilia is a […]

11 March 2020

Loraine Peck: ‘It amazes me daily that I’m a writer now’

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

Loraine Peck developed her debut crime novel on our online novel-writing course, and subsequently secured representation with Curtis Brown’s Alice Lutyens and Curtis Brown Australia’s Pippa Masson. Loraine now has an exciting two-book deal with Australian publishing house Text – The Second Son will be published in February 2021. We caught up with Loraine to […]

09 March 2020

Five things I’ve learnt from my writing groups

by Eleni Kyriacou From Our Students, Writing Tips

Eleni Kyriacou worked on her debut novel She Came To Stay on one of our three-month novel-writing courses in London. Set among the glittering, grimy streets of Soho during the Great Smog of 1952, it’s a compelling tale of friendship, rivalry and lies. During the ten years she’s been writing fiction, Eleni’s been a member […]

05 March 2020

#WriteCBC Tip and Task from Stephanie Thwaites

by Anna Davis Events, Writing Tips

It’s that time again! Are you ready and primed for another edition of #WriteCBC, our Twitter writing competition? Our March special guest is the fabulous Curtis Brown literary agent Stephanie Thwaites – and we are most delighted to have her on board. Stephanie has been a friend and supporter of Curtis Brown Creative for a […]

25 February 2020

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

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: ‘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

#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 […]

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