Writing Tips Posts

10 July 2018

Nine tips for writing scenes

by Simon Wroe Guest Blog, Writing Tips

Simon Wroe is the author of two novels: Chop Chop (shortlisted for the Costa First Novel Prize) and Here Comes Trouble (shortlisted for the Bollinger Everyman Wodehouse Prize). He is a regular tutor on our six-month novel-writing course, and a client of C+W agent Susan Armstrong. Here he offers advice on how to make your scenes […]

05 July 2018

Six tips for writing romantic comedy for the modern reader

by Catherine Bennetto From Our Students, Guest Blog, Writing Tips

Catherine Bennetto was a student on our first ever online novel-writing course in autumn 2013, and after the course she gained representation from CB’s Alice Lutyens. Her debut novel How Not to Fall in Love, Actually was published as an e-book and then in paperback (S&S), and took a fresh, laugh-out-loud look at contemporary romance. Her second novel, Make Or Break, is out […]

05 July 2018

#WriteCBC 1: Writing tip and writing task from Jonny Geller

by Anna Davis Events, Writing Tips

Welcome to our first monthly #WriteCBC day! After the storming success of our 7-day Twitter writing challenge celebrating our 7th birthday, we decided that we’ll now run our day-long tip and task challenge on the first Thursday of each month – and YAY – it starts TODAY – Thursday 5th July! Join in on Twitter @cbcreative to […]

05 July 2018

How to prepare your application material for a Curtis Brown Creative novel-writing course

by Anna Davis Our Courses, Writing Tips

All of our longer creative writing courses, in London or online (whether 3 or 6 months), have a selective applications process. When the closing date for the course arrives, the CBC team sit down to read everything we’ve received and select the 15 we consider to be the strongest from the applications received. We look closely […]

05 July 2018

Five things I’ve learnt about writing a psychological thriller

by Heidi Perks From Our Students, Guest Blog, Student Successes, Writing Tips

Heidi Perks took our online novel-writing course back in 2013, and after impressively self-publishing her debut Beneath the Surface in 2016, her second psychological thriller, Now You See Her, was bought by Century in a major deal. Here she shares five important lessons she’s learnt about writing psychological thrillers … One of the very first things I remember my CBC tutor, Chris […]

27 June 2018

7 top tips for writing great dialogue in your novel

by Lisa O'Donnell Guest Blog, Writing Tips

Lisa O’Donnell is the author of two novels: Closed Doors, and Commonwealth-Book-Prize-winning The Death of Bees. She is one of the tight-knit team of tutors on our online creative writing courses and has taught many of our published students, including best-selling author Jane Harper. Here she offers her advice on writing convincing dialogue that works for your novel. When I was younger […]

22 June 2018

How to write a synopsis for your novel

by Anna Davis Writing Tips

If you spend time online reading tips on how to write a synopsis for a novel, you’ll find masses of different and contradictory ideas – but I reckon I can safely assert one universal truth: Nobody – but nobody – finds them easy to write! The synopsis is a short, lively overview of your novel. […]

21 June 2018

Laura Marshall’s Three Little (Writing) Tips

by Laura Marshall From Our Students, Novels by CBC Alumni, Student Successes, Writing Tips

Regular readers of this blog will already be familiar with Laura Marshall – whose psychological thriller Friend Request became an instant bestseller when it was published last year. Laura took one of our London-based creative writing courses, and rapidly went on to secure representation with Curtis Brown agent Felicity Blunt and UK publication with Sphere (part of Little Brown). A US publication deal with Grand […]

15 June 2018

Sam Eades on Write Your Own Love Story – a new competition

by Sam Eades Events, Guest Blog, Writing Tips

eHarmony and Trapeze Books recently announced the launch of the Write Your Own Love Story competition – a creative writing competition for unpublished writers dedicated to finding the new great love story. The winner will be offered a publishing contract with Trapeze – worth £10,000 – as well as mentoring from Trapeze author Anna Stuart. One lucky […]

11 June 2018

Developing and writing crime series

by Geoff Sanders From Our Students, Novels by CBC Alumni, Student Successes, Writing Tips

Geoff Sanders worked on an early draft of his novel The Taken Girls on our 3-month London-based novel-writing course back in 2013. I remember intensive discussions with him about plotting – particularly the decision to split his original complex idea into two separate novels – and about the development of his series detective DI Ogborne […]

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