Writing Tips Posts

07 November 2019

#WriteCBC: writing tip and task from Caz Frear

by Anna Davis Events, Writing Tips

The year may be almost over but there’s a whole lot of #WriteCBC still to come … Sharpen your pencils and prepare to settle down to November’s exciting writing task, with the bestselling crime author Caz Frear. Caz started writing her debut novel, Sweet Little Lies, on one of our London-based novel-writing courses, taught by […]

07 November 2019

Tips to help authors manage their finances

by Andrew Subramaniam Writing Tips

HW Fisher are a top London chartered accountancy firm. They are also our longest-running sponsor – and regularly offer a fully-funded place on our three-month novel-writing courses in London. Read more about our former scholarship students here.  We asked our followers on Twitter and our current novel-writing students to send us their questions about how being […]

29 October 2019

Jodie Chapman: ‘Don’t just talk about writing. Do it.’

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

Jodie Chapman took a three-month novel-writing course with us in London in 2016. Among her student cohort were authors Ella Berman and Louise McCreesh (their debuts are set to be published in 2020) as well as Rachael Blok whose second novel The Scorched Earth was published earlier this year. Now Jodie is following suit, and […]

25 October 2019

Penny Chrimes: ‘I just kept writing, and trying out different stories’

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

Penny Chrimes studied with award winning author Catherine Johnson on our online Writing YA and Children’s Fiction course in 2016. Now she’s represented by Curtis Brown agent Lisa Babalis and has an exciting two-book deal with Hachette Children’s Group for two middle grade novels. We found out more about her journey to publication … You […]

16 October 2019

Create believable psychological thriller characters

by Dawn Goodwin From Our Students, Writing Tips

Dawn Goodwin studied on our very first online novel-writing course in 2013 – alongside fellow novelists Alice Clark-Platts and Catherine Bennetto. Her debut novel The Accident, a gripping psychological thriller, was published in 2017 by Head of Zeus imprint Aria. She followed this with a second thriller The Pupil. Her latest novel Best Friends Forever is out now! Here Dawn shares her method for creating believable characters in thrillers, and explains why even […]

03 October 2019

#WriteCBC: Writing tip and task from Sophie Lambert

by Anna Davis Events, Writing Tips

It’s that time of the month again – here we are for October’s edition of #WriteCBC – and we’re thrilled to welcome the very fabulous Sophie Lambert of C&W – literary agent of many a marvellous author, including Costa-winning Nathan Filer, Booker-longlisted Guy Gunaratne, bestselling CBC alumna Jenny Quintana – and now former CBC student […]

24 September 2019

Creating a children’s picture book

by Sarah McIntyre and David OConnell Author Interviews, Writing Tips

We asked author-illustrators Sarah McIntyre and David O’Connell to share some of the secrets behind their approach to creating characters and worlds for a children’s picture book.

19 September 2019

An editor’s guide to editing your novel

by Jennifer Kerslake Writing Tips

Editing is a fundamental part of the writing process, and yet so many authors find it intimidating and overwhelming. I admit, it lacks glamour. Who wants to go back over what they’ve written? To find gaps and holes and work out solutions and rewrite scenes that took a long time to write in the first […]

05 September 2019

#WriteCBC: Writing tip and writing task from Cynan Jones

by Anna Davis Events, Writing Tips

It’s September, and #WriteCBC is back! Yes, it’s the return of our monthly Twitter writing competition after our summer break, and this month’s splendid guest is Cynan Jones, author of five novels including The Dig, The Long Dry and Everything I Found on the Beach. He has won a Betty Trask Award and the BBC National […]

04 September 2019

Jennifer Kerslake: ‘Keep moving forward and keep writing’

by Jennifer Kerslake Writing Tips

Hello! I’m delighted to be writing my first blog post for Curtis Brown Creative after joining as senior manager for courses and operations. Despite a few technical difficulties, including one tense moment on my first day when I crashed the website (only for a couple of minutes, but obviously not ideal – thank you team […]

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