Writing Tips Posts

04 January 2019

Anna Davis answers your writing and publishing questions

by Katie Smart Events, Writing Tips

It is a brand new year and we are encouraging writers to take stock of their writing habits and goals for the year (take a look at our New Year’s writing resolutions blog where our tutors and published alumni share their writing goals for 2019). If your goal for this year is to submit your novel to […]

01 January 2019

New year’s writing resolutions

by Anna Davis Events, Writing Tips

Well my goodness me, it’s new year again, which means we all have a clean slate and the chance to start afresh. For many that might mean joining the gym, dry January or perhaps arranging that long-put-off trip to the dentist … But for us writers, it’s also an important moment to set goals for […]

14 December 2018

Tips for plotting and structuring your novel

by Lesley Sanderson Writing Tips

Lesley Sanderson was a student on our 6-month novel-writing course in London back in 2015, her debut psychological thriller The Orchid Girls is out now. Lesley worked on this novel during her time with us and since taking the course and honing her craft she has learnt how much of a difference plotting your novel can […]

06 December 2018

Children’s books and business – what you need to know

by Ren Renwick Writing Tips

Ren Renwick, CEO of the Association of Illustrators, gives her top tips on becoming a professional children’s picture book illustrator.

06 December 2018

#WriteCBC The Big Winter Story – task and tips …

by Anna Davis Events, Writing Tips

Our Big Winter Story is complete with a title – and it’s  … The Winter of Stolen Words – from Greg H! Congratulations, Greg. You win a £50 discount off one of our 6-week online courses. We feel this title says a lot about the story, while also having a mysterious and magical quality about […]

05 December 2018

How to query a literary agent

by Catherine Cho From the Agents, How To ..., Writing Tips

Finding an agent is a matter of fit. It takes persistence and confidence, remember that publishing is a subjective business, and so what might be a NO for some agents is a YES for others. Catherine Cho, an Associate Agent at Curtis Brown, shares her top tips on how to send a query to a literary agent.

30 November 2018

#WriteCBC – The Big Winter Story

by Anna Davis Events, Writing Tips

For THIS month – December – we’re running a VERY SPECIAL #WriteCBC, with a writing task set by the fabulous MARIAN KEYES!! Here’s how to play…

16 November 2018

Read your way into editing your novel

by Rachael Blok From Our Students, Writing Tips

Debut author Rachael Blok shares her tips for editing your novel and how reading other novels will help you with finishing your own.

12 November 2018

5 tips on writing historical fiction for younger readers

by Ann-Marie Howell From Our Students, Writing Tips

Author Anne-Marie Howell (the 50th CBC student to get a major book deal) shares her top tips on writing historical fiction for young readers.

02 November 2018

Laura Barnett: ‘write a novel that feels as if it couldn’t possibly have been written any other way’

by Katie Smart Author Interviews, Writing Tips

It’s always an exciting moment when we welcome a new tutor onto the CBC roster. We’ve been huge fans of Laura Barnett since her wonderful debut The Versions of Us came out in 2015, so we’re pretty chuffed to have her join the teaching team. She’s just finished a guest teaching stint on our current six-month course, […]

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