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Writing Tips Posts

02 December 2020

Sandeep Mahal: ‘Have fellow travellers alongside you who can help… connect with other writers.’

by Discoveries Discoveries, Writing Tips

CBC and Curtis Brown are proud to be partnering with the Women’s Prize Trust and NatWest to create Discoveries, a writing development prize and programme that offers aspiring female authors of all ages and backgrounds encouragement and support at the beginning of their creative journeys. This week the Discoveries team talk books and writing advice with Director […]

01 December 2020

How to write for younger readers: Advice from literary agent Stephanie Thwaites and authors Michael Mann and Cynthia Murphy

by Danni Georgiou Author Interviews, From the Agents, How To ..., Writing Tips

Last week, we hosted a very special webinar with top Curtis Brown literary agent Stephanie Thwaites and two of her clients, former CBC students, Cynthia Murphy and Michael Mann. These special webinars are an exclusive component of our Writing YA & Children’s Fiction course, and they give our students the chance to discover more about […]

30 November 2020

#WriteCBC – 5-Act Festive Story

by Katie Smart Events, Writing Tips

Welcome to #WriteCBC’s #5ActFestiveStory! This blog has the details of the story and competition structure, and will also be used to announce our daily winners. Find out more about our special festive writing competition, which is taking place on Twitter @cbcreative, including how to play and the rules here. We are so thrilled that special […]

25 November 2020

Hannah Beer: ‘Have faith that what you’ve written is worth being read’

by Katie Smart From the Agents, Writing Tips

Hannah Beer joined Curtis Brown in 2019 and currently assists Jonathan Lloyd. She is also building her own list of fiction and non-fiction authors. We caught up with Hannah to find out more about what she enjoys reading and what she’s looking for from debut authors… You joined Curtis Brown in 2019 as Jonathan Lloyd’s […]

10 November 2020

Five tips: How reading helps you write historical fiction

by Caroline Beecham From Our Students, Writing Tips

Caroline Beecham studied on our six-month online Writing Your Novel course in 2015 and has gone on to write three novels. Caroline is currently working on a fourth novel for publication in 2022, as well as adapting her first novel Maggie’s Kitchen as a drama series. Here Caroline talks about the power of reading and […]

05 November 2020

#WriteCBC tip and task from Polly Crosby

by Jennifer Kerslake Events, Writing Tips

I’m excited to be introducing this month’s #WriteCBC, with a writing tip and task from special guest Polly Crosby. Polly was a student on our six-week online Write to the End of Your Novel course, and then joined our six-month online Writing Your Novel course in 2018 after being awarded the Yesterday Scholarship (generously funded […]

04 November 2020

Sabhbh Curran: ‘A smart, engaging pitch letter will stand you in good stead to get attention’

by Katie Smart From the Agents, Writing Tips

Sabhbh Curran joined Curtis Brown in 2018 and currently assists Sheila Crowley. She is also building her own list of fiction and non-fiction authors. We caught up with Sabhbh to find out more about what she enjoys reading and what she’d love to see from a debut author… You joined Curtis Brown in 2018 as Jonathan […]

02 November 2020

Katie Hutton: ‘Write every day. Don’t worry about how good or bad it is…’

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

Katie Hutton was a student on our six-week online Edit & Pitch Your Novel course in 2016. Her debut The Gypsy Bride was published by Bonnier Zaffre earlier this year. Read on to find out about Katie’s time studying online with CBC and what inspires her to write historical fiction… You took our online Edit & Pitch Your […]

28 October 2020

What makes a powerful opening line?

by Discoveries Discoveries, Writing Tips

An opening of a novel should transport you into the world of the story. These writing tips and examples from fiction will help you write a powerful opening.

27 October 2020

CBC student Julie Ma wins the Richard & Judy Search For A Bestseller Competition

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

Julie Ma studied on our three-month online Writing Your Novel course back in 2014, since then she’s returned to take some of our other online courses including our popular ‘How to Write Your Novel’ series. We were delighted to hear the news that her debut Happy Families won this year’s Richard and Judy Search For […]

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