Writing Tips Posts

09 May 2019

Melanie Cantor: ‘Accept that failure is part of your path’

by Melanie Cantor Writing Tips

Melanie Cantor is represented by Curtis Brown’s very own Felicity Blunt. Melanie’s debut novel Death and Other Happy Endings comes out this June Transworld (UK) Penguin (US). The novel is a heartwarming read which explores one women’s journey as she deals with her terminal diagnosis – If your life was going to end tomorrow, what would you […]

02 May 2019

#WriteCBC: Writing Tip and Writing Task from Kate Hamer

by Anna Davis Events, Writing Tips

This month we’re celebrating not one but TWO birthdays … It’s the 8th birthday of Curtis Brown Creative, and the first birthday of #WriteCBC – oh yes it is! So, for those of you who’ve been taking part in our monthly Twitter writing competition for the full year, help yourselves to a virtual slice of […]

24 April 2019

Sarah McIntyre on creativity, procrastination, and the making of Grumpycorn!

by Sarah McIntyre Writing Tips

Sarah Mcintyre discusses the themes of creativity and procrastination in her picture book, Grumpycorn, and offers tips on avoiding distractions when writing or illustrating!

04 April 2019

#WriteCBC: Writing tip and writing task from Lucy Morris

by Anna Davis Events, From the Agents, Writing Tips

Spring has sprung at CBC Towers in London – and we are celebrating with our April edition of #WriteCBC, our monthly writing competition on Twitter. This month we’re joined by the very lovely Lucy Morris – the Curtis Brown literary agent who recently negotiated a fab publishing deal with Headline for former CBC student Hazel Barkworth. Lucy […]

02 April 2019

Science Fiction author Greg Chivers interviews himself

by Greg Chivers Author Interviews, From Our Students, Writing Tips

We caught up with Greg Chivers* to talk about his novel The Crying Machine (HarperVoyager) which is coming out on April 4th. He wrote it while participating in our 3-month London-based course with Charlotte Mendelson. Tell us about your novel in a way that looks like it’s imparting valuable knowledge to all the aspiring authors who’ll be reading this. […]

26 March 2019

How to edit a novel – working on the big picture …

by Anna Davis How To ..., Writing Tips

How to edit your novel – our tips on tackling your structural edit and getting on a firm footing with your rewriting process.

21 March 2019

Kate Hamer: ‘Everyone’s story is individual and authentic and worth telling’

by Kate Hamer From Our Students, Writing Tips

Kate Hamer was a student on our second ever novel-writing course in London back in 2011. Now Kate is represented by Curtis Brown’s very own Alice Lutyens. She is the bestselling author of two novels, the Costa-shortlisted The Girl in the Red Coat and The Doll Funeral. Her highly anticipated third novel Crushed will be published in May […]

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 […]

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