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Writing Tips Posts

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.

08 July 2020

Ten ways to approach the first draft of your novel

by Discoveries Discoveries, Writing Tips

CBC and Curtis Brown are proud to be partnering with the Women’s Prize Trust and NatWest to launch Discoveries, a writing development programme that will offer aspiring female authors of all ages and backgrounds encouragement and support at the beginning of their creative journeys. Regular readers of this blog will already know Anna Davis, author and managing director […]

02 July 2020

#WriteCBC tip and task from Kirsty Eyre

by Anna Davis Events, From Our Students, Writing Tips

Inject humour into your writing with this #WriteCBC tip and task from Kirsty Eyre, author of the Comedy Women In Print prize-winning novel Cow Girl.

26 June 2020

Michael Mann: ‘I wanted to write a book with a mixed-race hero, who was half-something, like I am’

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

Michael Mann took online Writing YA & Children’s Fiction course in 2018. After taking the course he became a client of Curtis Brown agent Stephanie Thwaites and now he has an exciting book deal with Hachette Children’s for his debut middle grade novel Ghostcloud. Read on to find out about Michael’s ‘messy’ excel spreadsheet (used […]

25 June 2020

Kirsty Eyre’s top tips for writing comedy: ‘You want people to laugh, not cringe’

by Kirsty Eyre From Our Students, Writing Tips

Kirsty Eyre took our London-based Three-Month Novel-Writing course in 2017.  Cow Girl – the novel she worked on with us that went on to be awarded the inaugural Comedy Women in Print Unpublished Prize in 2019 – is out now. Kirsty shares some of her top tips for writing comedy and talks about her journey from first draft to publication. […]

24 June 2020

Kate Mosse: ‘Throughout history, too many women’s voices have been left unheard or underheard’

by Discoveries Author Interviews, Discoveries, Writing Tips

CBC and Curtis Brown are proud to be partnering with the Women’s Prize Trust and NatWest to launch Discoveries, a writing development programme that will offer aspiring female authors of all ages and backgrounds encouragement and support at the beginning of their creative journeys. The Discoveries team talk books and writing advice with Kate Mosse, the […]

18 June 2020

Celia Rees’ writing rules

by Celia Rees Author Interviews, Writing Tips

Celia Rees is an award-winning author of Young Adult fiction. She is a client of Curtis Brown literary agent Stephanie Thwaites. Her first historical novel Witch Child was translated into 28 languages. Witch Child and subsequent titles Sorceress and Pirates! won awards in the UK, USA, France and Italy. Her first adult novel Miss Graham’s Cold War Cookbook was recently published by […]

17 June 2020

Gianna Pollero: ‘Write as much as you can … but always make it something you enjoy writing about’

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

Gianna Pollero took our online Writing YA & Children’s Fiction course in 2016. Now she has a three-book deal with Piccadilly Press, an imprint of Bonnier. Her debut middle grade novel Monster Doughnuts will be illustrated by Sarah Horne and published in August 2021. We caught up with Gianna to find out more about her […]

04 June 2020

#WriteCBC tip and task from Hazel Barkworth

by Anna Davis Events, From Our Students, Writing Tips

It’s that time again – and the latest edition of our Twitter writing competition features a writing tip and task from the wonderful Hazel Barkworth, whose gorgeous debut Heatstroke was published last week by Headline Review. If you haven’t taken part in #WriteCBC before, we’re delighted to have you join us  – and you can […]

03 June 2020

Lisa Bradley: ‘I let the story guide me in the right direction’

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

Lisa Bradley took a three-month online Writing YA & Children’s Fiction course in 2015. Now she has a two-book deal with Quercus and her debut novel Paper Dolls comes out this August. We found out more about Lisa’s time on the course – where she learnt to follow the writing ‘rules’ and know when to break them – and […]

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