Writing Tips Posts

14 March 2019

Lisa Williamson: ‘Write the book only you can write’

by Lisa Williamson From Our Students, Writing Tips

Lisa Williamson studied with us in London way back in the autumn of 2012, in a group that included other published alumni James Hall, Maria Realf, Fiona Perrin and Christina Pishiris. Her groundbreaking YA debut, The Art of Being Normal, was a huge success, winning the Waterstones Children’s Book Prize for Older Fiction, and getting fantastic notices from the likes of Philip Pullman. […]

07 March 2019

#WriteCBC: Writing tip and writing task from Anthony Horowitz

by Anna Davis Events, Writing Tips

It’s time for the March edition of #WriteCBC, our monthly writing competition on Twitter – and we couldn’t be more thrilled to tell you that our special guest is the one and only Anthony Horowitz! If you don’t already know who Anthony is, then you really need to get out more … There’s the much-loved […]

06 March 2019

7 tips on fantasy novel worldbuilding

by Michelle Kenney From Our Students, Writing Tips

Michelle Kenney is the author of the Book of Fire Trilogy, a dystopian YA Lit series published by HarperCollins HQDigital. Michelle took our Writing YA and Children’s Fiction course back in 2015 with the inspirational Catherine Johnson. Here she explains her approach to fantasy worldbuilding … I should probably confess at the outset that I’m very […]

18 February 2019

Emad Akhtar: ‘Write the book you want to read’

by Curtis Brown 120 Curtis Brown 120, Writing Tips

Welcome to the next in our series of Curtis Brown 120 blog posts, these blogs include exclusive interviews with authors, agents and publishers; writing tips; industry insights – and much more besides. This week we’re talking to Emad Akhtar, publishing director at Orion Fiction. Emad is the lead for crime novels and thrillers. Read on to find out more about […]

14 February 2019

Top tips for new writers on getting started

by Curtis Brown 120 Curtis Brown 120, Writing Tips

Welcome to the next in our series of Curtis Brown 120 blog posts, these blogs include exclusive interviews with authors, agents and publishers; writing tips; industry insights – and much more besides. Curtis Brown 120 is a celebration of the agency’s 120th birthday – and it’s also a celebration of beginnings and how Curtis Brown have been […]

07 February 2019

#WriteCBC: Writing tip and writing task from Felicity Blunt

by Anna Davis Events, Writing Tips

For the first #WriteCBC Twitter competition of 2019, we’re excited to welcome Curtis Brown literary agent Felicity Blunt. Felicity represents our very own former student, and now bestselling author, Laura Marshall – as well as Rosmund Lupton, Renee Knight, Tammy Cohen and the Estate of Daphne du Maurier – to name but a few. You […]

07 February 2019

How to choose the right setting for your novel

by Gytha Lodge How To ..., Writing Tips

Gytha Lodge is a writer and multi-award-winning playwright who lives in Cambridge. After studying creative writing at UEA, she was shortlisted for the Yeovil Literary Prize and the Arts’ Council England fiction awards. Gytha is represented by Curtis Brown agent Felicity Blunt and her debut novel, She Lies in Wait will be published by Michael Joseph […]

22 January 2019

Jonny Geller and Jane Fallon on the author-agent relationship

by Katie Smart 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 insider knowledge on writing and pitching. There’s […]

21 January 2019

Charlotte Cray: ‘Talent will surpass any literary trend’

by Curtis Brown 120 Curtis Brown 120, Writing Tips

Curtis Brown 120 are back with a second interview for our series of blogs to be hosted on the CBC site across the year, all to help celebrate Curtis Brown’s 120th birthday. These blogs will include exclusive interviews with authors, agents and publishers; writing tips; industry insights – and much more besides. Check out our interview from last week […]

17 January 2019

‘Fight the fear’: Five tips to get you started on your novel

by Laura Barnett Writing Tips

Laura Barnett’s debut novel The Versions of Us was a Sunday Times number-one bestseller, translated into 24 languages, and shortlisted for Debut of the Year at the British Book Awards. Her follow-up, Greatest Hits was published in 2017, with an accompanying soundtrack album by the musician Kathryn Williams. Laura has taught creative writing for Guardian Masterclasses, delivered a TedX talk on originality […]

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