Writing Tips Posts

18 May 2018

The importance of story – have you found yours?

by Lisa O'Donnell Opinion, Writing Tips

Lisa O’Donnell is one of the tight-knit team of tutors on our online creative writing courses, as well as being a Commonwealth-Book-Prize-winning author in her own right. She’s helped many of our students develop their stories – including Jane Harper, whose debut The Dry has, this week, been named Crime Novel of the Year at the British […]

10 May 2018

Round-up of literary agent insights

by Katie Smart From the Agents, Writing Tips

The laws around email communication and data protection are changing on 25th May to give you more control over your personal data. We’ve updated our privacy policy and are asking our newsletter subscribers to re-opt in. If you’re already a subscriber, don’t forget to re-opt in on the email you will have received from us on May 9th. […]

03 May 2018

Agent Sophie Lambert and author Fiona Cummins: “Stay true to your instincts”

by Jack Hadley Author Interviews, From the Agents, Writing Tips

Our London-based novel-writing courses all feature sessions where the literary agents from Curtis Brown and C+W come in as visiting speakers with their author-clients or leading publishers. These evening events give our students a great chance to find out about the reality of publishing and pick up some really good tips on writing and pitching. There’s […]

26 April 2018

Jonny Geller: ‘I want books that will change my world view’

by Anna Davis From the Agents, Writing Tips

Uber-Agent Jonny Geller has been a strong supporter of Curtis Brown Creative, since its conception, and has come in as a visiting speaker to more of our creative writing courses than anyone else.  Here he talks to us about how he got started as an agent, what he’s looking for now, and what makes him […]

26 April 2018

Using writing tasks and prompts to get through writer’s block

by Katie Smart From Our Students, Writing Tips

Students of our 6-week online courses: Starting to Write Your Novel and Write to the End of Your Novel with Curtis Brown Creative MD Anna Davis get lots of helpful tips and tricks geared towards writers stuck in at various points of their novel faced with the dreaded (yet infamously inevitable) writer’s block. Throughout the courses Anna sets a number […]

25 April 2018

‘Finish the book’: 42nd published CBC student on writing your novel

by Katie Smart Author Interviews, Student Successes, Writing Tips

We’ve just heard of yet another publishing deal for a former CBC student: Rachael Blok – who took our 3-month novel writing course in London back in 2016 – has just become the 42nd published CBC student, landing a two-book deal with Head of Zeus. Her debut novel Shadows of the Lake is set to launch in eBook this November […]

17 April 2018

How to tackle tough subjects in YA fiction

by Eve Ainsworth Author Interviews, Guest Blog, Opinion, Writing Tips

Eve Ainsworth is the acclaimed author of four YA novels, and is represented by Curtis Brown agent, Stephanie Thwaites. Before she became a published author, Eve worked in a large secondary school supporting pupils with their emotional and behavioural issues. Now she’s taken this interest forward into her fiction, which tackles real-life teen issues. Her latest novel, Tender, explores mental […]

06 April 2018

How not to write a children’s book

by Chris Smith Guest Blog, Writing Tips

Greg James and Chris Smith are the creative minds behind the best-selling Kid Normal children’s books. The duo are represented by Curtis Brown’s very own Stephanie Thwaites.  With the second Kid Normal book, Kid Normal and the Rogue Heroes new out (March 2018), Chris Smith is here to offer some advice on how NOT to write a children’s book: […]

28 March 2018

The difficult second novel

by Annabelle Thorpe Guest Blog, Novels by CBC Alumni, Opinion, Writing Tips

So, the hard part is over, you’ve published your first novel! Well, former CBC student and author Annabelle Thorpe is here to tell us all about the difficulties of writing that second novel from her own experience, and offers some guidance along the way. Considering it’s a known thing, like the Difficult Second Album, you […]

22 March 2018

Does your novel need a prologue?

by Lisa O'Donnell Guest Blog, Opinion, Writing Tips

We asked award-winning novelist and CBC tutor Lisa O’Donnell to tell us what she thinks about that most Marmite of literary devices – the Prologue. Here’s what she had to say – and she didn’t mince her words …  Prologues – I hate them. I’ve read a lot of novels in my life, but out […]

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