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Writing Tips Posts

28 October 2021

10 spooky reads for Halloween

by Katie Smart Writing Tips

If you’re looking for a book to sink your fangs into this autumn then your search is over. This bewitching reading list, featuring stories by our former students and teaching team, has a book for everyone – whether you’re after a fright or just a little bit of magic… Cunning Women, Elizabeth Lee This historical novel […]

27 October 2021

Anna Davis: ‘Hook us in with something intriguing or funny or mysterious or disturbing’

by Discoveries Author Interviews, Discoveries, Writing Tips

The Discoveries team talk books and writing advice with Anna Davis. Anna is the founder and Director of Curtis Brown Creative and the author of five acclaimed novels which have been published in twenty languages. She has been a journalist and Guardian columnist, as well as a Curtis Brown literary agent. Anna is on the Discoveries 2022 judging panel – she will be joined by chair of judges and founder of the Women’s Prize Kate Mosse, acclaimed authors Ayisha Malik and Irenosen Okojie, and Curtis Brown literary agent Lucy Morris.

26 October 2021

Tasha Harrison: ‘Having support from other writers who know what you’re going through is a godsend’

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

Tasha Harrison studied on our Writing YA & Children’s Fiction course in 2016. Now she has an exciting book deal with UCLan for her debut middle grade book Clementine Florentine, to be published January 2022. Read on to hear all about Tasha’s time studying with us and her approach to writing appealing fiction for younger […]

21 October 2021

Ally Wilkes: ‘You want to be constantly tantalising your readers’

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

Ally Wilkes was a student on our six-month Writing Your Novel course in 2017. We’re thrilled to count her in the growing number of over 140 students that have gone on to get major book deals. Her debut historical horror novel All the White Spaces will be published by Titan Books in the UK and […]

20 October 2021

Kate Mosse: ‘We’re looking for potential, for original voices, for imagination…’

by Discoveries Author Interviews, Discoveries, Writing Tips

CBC and Curtis Brown are proud to be partnering with the Women’s Prize Trust and Audible to run Discoveries, a writing development prize and programme, which offers practical support and encouragement to aspiring female novelists of all ages and backgrounds, from across the UK and Ireland. This week the Discoveries team talk books and writing advice with […]

13 October 2021

Ayisha Malik: ‘Think about what makes your story unique – why it’s different to anything that’s out there already’

by Discoveries Author Interviews, Discoveries, Writing Tips

This week the Discoveries team talk books and writing advice with acclaimed author Ayisha Malik. Ayisha is the author of the critically acclaimed novels, Sofia Khan is Not Obliged, The Other Half of Happiness, and This Green and Pleasant Land. She was a WHSmith Fresh Talent Pick and Sofia Khan was a London CityReads choice in May 2019. Ayisha is winner of The Diversity Book Awards and has been shortlisted for the Asian Women of Achievement Award, Marie Claire’s Future Shapers Awards and h100’s Awards for Publishing and Writing. Ayisha is also part of the Discoveries 2022 judging panel – she will join author and founder of the Women’s Prize Kate Mosse, award-winning author Irenosen Okojie, CBC’s founder and director Anna Davis, and Curtis Brown literary agent Lucy Morris.

11 October 2021

Edit Spaudo: ‘In telling mine and my mother’s story, I’m telling the story of the thousands of other women whose bloodlines were cut short’

by Maude Martel Author Interviews, From Our Students, Writing Tips

Edit Spaudo is a young writer who was sponsored by CHEERIO – an eclectic new publishing imprint and media company launched in partnership with The Estate of Francis Bacon – to study on our online Writing a Memoir course earlier this year. She is currently writing a memoir about her life and what happened to […]

07 October 2021

#WriteCBC tip and task from Vaseem Khan

by Katie Smart Events, Writing Tips

Welcome to our October 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 […]

06 October 2021

Irenosen Okojie: ‘I’m intrigued by combining the everyday with the surreal’

by Discoveries Author Interviews, Discoveries, Writing Tips

This week the Discoveries team talk books and writing advice with award-winning author Irenosen Okojie. Irenosen’s debut novel Butterfly Fish won the 2016 Betty Trask Award. Her most recent short story collection Nudibranch was longlisted for the Jhalak Prize 2020. In 2021 she was awarded an MBE For Services To Literature. Irenosen is also part of the Discoveries 2022 judging panel – she will join author and founder of the Women’s Prize Kate Mosse, acclaimed author Ayisha Malik, CBC’s founder and director Anna Davis, and Curtis Brown literary agent Lucy Morris.

30 September 2021

How to set clues in your crime novel

by Vaseem Khan Author Interviews, How To ..., Writing Tips

Almost every crime novel has at least two interconnected central mysteries – Who is the murderer and Why was the victim killed? But good crime novels set up multiple layers of intrigue, a range of questions that demand answers. When I’m planning a crime novel, I start by asking myself all the questions I can […]

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