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Writing Tips Posts

15 June 2021

Jane Porter: ‘There’s no need to rush – take time to hone your skill’

by Katie Smart Author Interviews, Writing Tips

Jane Porter is an award-winning picture book author and illustrator. Her books include titles such as The Boy Who Loved Everyone (written by Jane Porter, illustrated by Maisie Paradise Shearring), So You Want To Be An Owl (written by Jane Porter, illustrated by Maddie Frost), Pink Lion, King Otter, and most recently Tiny Penguins and the New Baby. Jane also gives […]

14 June 2021

Lyndsey Ng: ‘Never give up and read as widely as you can’

by Katie Smart Course News, Writing Tips

We’re excited to introduce our new part-time Courses Manager Lyndsey Ng!  Lyndsey joins the CBC team after working in book publicity and events. She was previously a Senior Publicity Manager at Hodder & Stoughton. Since then, she has work as Events and Media Manager for Village Books in Dulwich and at the Social Enterprise Leaders Plus. […]

08 June 2021

Abby Parsons: ‘My top tip is to read as much as you can’

by Katie Smart Course News, Writing Tips

We’re delighted to introduce an exciting new joiner at Curtis Brown Creative: Abby Parsons joins us this week as Senior Manager – Courses and Operations (maternity cover).  Abby brings with her a wealth of publishing and editorial knowledge, she has been editing commercial fiction since 2014, at Hodder & Stoughton, Little, Brown Book Group and, most recently, […]

03 June 2021

#WriteCBC tip and task from Elizabeth Lee

by Katie Smart Events, Writing Tips

Welcome to our June edition of #WriteCBC. I hope you’re ready to be inspired by our latest writing challenge! If you haven’t taken part in a #WriteCBC competition before, we’re excited to welcome you to our writing community – and you can quickly get up to speed by reading this blog with information about how […]

25 May 2021

Claire Fuller: ‘Try not to compare yourself to other writers’

by Danni Georgiou Author Interviews, Writing Tips

Recently, our students were treated to a very special webinar with Claire Fuller, bestselling author of four novels, including Our Endless Numbered Days, which won the Desmond Elliott Prize in 2015, and Unsettled Ground, which is shortlisted for the Women’s Prize for Fiction 2021. These webinars are an exclusive component of our Writing Your Novel courses, […]

13 May 2021

Ciara Finan: ‘Clarity, conciseness and confidence. A pitch letter shouldn’t be long and rambling…’

by Katie Smart From the Agents, Writing Tips

Ciara Finan joined Curtis Brown in 2018 and currently assists top literary agent Jonny Geller. She is also currently accepting fiction submissions. We caught up with Ciara to find out more about what it is like working at a literary agency, what she enjoys reading and her advice for writers submitting to agents to the […]

06 May 2021

#WriteCBC tip and task from Anna Davis

by Anna Davis Events, Writing Tips

Welcome one and all to our Double Birthday #WriteCBC! Yep, Curtis Brown Creative is 10 years old today – and actually, #WriteCBC is 3 years old. The team will be convening in my garden later on to eat pizza and cake and raise a glass – and I have to say, it will be so […]

27 April 2021

Heather Darwent: ‘The edit is where the real magic happens’

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

Heather Darwent has studied on two of our online courses; our six-week Edit & Pitch Your Novel course and our selective three-month Writing Your Novel course. We were excited to hear the recent news of her book deal, her debut thriller The Things We Do to Our Friends is to be published by Viking in 2023. […]

22 April 2021

Simon Ings: ‘Readers are performers of our stories, and it’s our job to nudge them into dreaming the wildest dreams of which they are capable’

by Danni Georgiou Author Interviews, Writing Tips

Simon Ings is an author, editor and regular tutor of our online courses. He has written eight acclaimed books including The Weight of Numbers and Dead Water as well as the science fiction novels Hot Head and The Smoke. We’re thrilled that Simon is the co-tutor on our upcoming six-month online Writing Your Novel course (apply by 9 May). We […]

20 April 2021

Sue Divin: ‘Give yourself permission to fit your writing around what works for you’

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

Sue Divin was a student on our six-week online Edit & Pitch Your Novel course back in 2018. The novel she worked on during the course – Guard Your Heart – is out now from Macmillan. We caught up with Sue to find out more about her time on the course, her approach to writing […]

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