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Writing Tips Posts

23 September 2020

Stephanie Merritt: ‘The novelist begins where the historical record leaves gaps’

by Katie Smart Author Interviews, Writing Tips

Our brand new six-week online course, Writing a Historical Fiction, led by bestselling novelist S J Parris – aka Stephanie Merritt – is open now for enrolment. Writing as S J Parris, Stephanie is the author of the number one bestselling Giordano Bruno historical thriller series, which centres on the sixteenth-century renegade monk, philosopher and heretic Giordano Bruno. […]

03 September 2020

#WriteCBC tip and task from Erin Kelly

by Anna Davis Events, Writing Tips

September is the traditional ‘back to school’ month for CBC and #WriteCBC – but this year our online courses didn’t actually take a summer break at all, and neither did our monthly Twitter competition! Nevertheless, the team definitely has ‘new school year’ energy, and we’re excited about all the new stuff we have coming up […]

26 August 2020

Aliya Ali-Afzal: ‘I can’t wait to hold a real, physical copy of my book’

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

Aliya Ali-Afzal joined us for a Three-Month Novel-Writing course in 2013. Now she has an exciting two-book deal with Head of Zeus. We caught up with Aliya to find out more about her debut novel Would I Lie to You? and to discover her secret writing fuel (magnums!). You took our Three-Month Novel-Writing course in […]

11 August 2020

Adam Kay: ‘My writing is best when it’s at its most naturalistic’

by Katie Smart Author Interviews, Writing Tips

Adam Kay is an award-winning writer and performer. His debut memoir This is Going to Hurt was a Sunday Times number one bestseller for a record-breaking nine months – it has sold over a million copies in the UK and been translated into 33 languages (and counting). We’re thrilled that Adam is generously providing funding for […]

06 August 2020

#WriteCBC tip and task from Struan Murray

by Anna Davis Events, Writing Tips

August is usually holiday-month for #WriteCBC and for the CBC team – but in this weird year, we’re all at our desks (though at home!) – and we reckon lots of our #WriteCBC regulars are too – hi, you people! If you haven’t taken part in #WriteCBC before, we’re delighted to have you join us – […]

30 July 2020

Tessa Hadley: ‘There’s nothing unpolitical about intimate stories of family life’

by Katie Smart Author Interviews, Writing Tips

Tessa Hadley is the author of seven highly acclaimed novels and three short story collections. In 2016 she was awarded the Windham Campbell Prize and the Hawthornden Prize, and she won the Edge Hill Short Story Prize for her collection Bad Dreams in 2018. Her stories appear regularly in The New Yorker, Granta and other magazines. We’re thrilled that Tessa […]

28 July 2020

Cynthia Murphy: ‘I knew that I wanted to write something scary but also fun’

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

We’re over the moon to share the news that Cynthia Murphy is our 100th former student with a major publishing deal. In honour of this huge milestone, we’ve got lots of exciting celebratory content coming your way, so please join us on social media by following the hashtag: #CBC100Authors! (Twitter @cbcreative and Instagram @curtisbrowncreative) Cynthia […]

22 July 2020

Ten step guide to planning your novel

by Discoveries Discoveries, 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.

21 July 2020

Erin Kelly: ‘The only thing all published writers have in common is that they finished writing their books’

by Emmanuel Omodeinde Author Interviews, Writing Tips

Our brand new six-week online course, Writing a Psychological Thriller, led by bestselling novelist Erin Kelly is open now for enrolment. Erin’s first novel The Poison Tree became a major ITV drama and a Richard and Judy bestseller, and she has since written six novels including the Sunday Times bestseller, He Said/She Said and the […]

09 July 2020

Philippa Swan: ‘Write about something that intrigues or confuses you’

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

We talk to former Edit & Pitch Your Novel student Philippa Swan about writing routines and her debut novel The Night of All Souls.

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