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Writing Tips Posts

22 February 2021

Six top tips for nurturing a writing friendship

by Jennie Godfrey and Hannah Luckett From Our Students, Writing Tips

Writers Jennie Godfrey and Hannah Luckett met on our Write to the End of Your Novel course last year, and quickly became each other’s beta readers and great friends. They both went on to study on one of our selective-entry Writing Your Novel courses. Now they both have literary agents and are working towards publication. […]

18 February 2021

Sarah Lawton: ‘Find your tribe – writing can be lonely, but it doesn’t have to be’

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

Sarah Lawton has taken several online writing courses with us, including the full How to Write Your Novel series, Writing a Psychological Thriller and our selective-entry three-month Writing Your Novel course. She is now represented by Curtis Brown literary agent Felicity Blunt. Her debut psychological thriller All the Little Things is to be published by […]

04 February 2021

#WriteCBC tip and task from Frances Quinn

by Jennifer Kerslake Events, Writing Tips

Your protagonist must be believable to hook your reader. This writing task from author Frances Quinn will help you creative a compelling character.

02 February 2021

Caroline Bishop: ‘For me the writing is really in the editing’

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

Caroline Bishop was a student on our Write to the End of your Novel course back in 2017. Her debut historical novel The Other Daughter is to be published by Simon & Schuster later this month. We caught up with Caroline to find out about the inspiration behind her debut, how to research historical fiction […]

27 January 2021

Abigail Mann: ‘If you want to write a book, no one else is going to write it for you’

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

Abigail Mann was a student on our Staring to Write Your Novel course back in 2018. Her debut novel The Lonely Fajita was shortlisted for the Comedy Women in Print Prize 2019 and went on to be published by HarperCollins in 2021. We caught up with Abigail to find out about the inspiration behind her […]

25 January 2021

Anna Davis answers your questions about creative writing, literary agents and publishing

by Katie Smart Author Interviews, How To ..., Writing Tips

Last Thursday our founder and Director Anna Davis took to Twitter to answer your burning questions about writing and publishing – from advising on how best to approach literary agents to discussing the current book market. It was clear from your questions that many of you have set the goal to submit your novel to agents […]

21 January 2021

Tips for TV screenwriters | Prepare your application to our Writing an Original TV Drama Serial course

by Jack Hadley Writing Tips

Are you thinking of applying to our Writing an Original TV Drama Serial course? Maybe you already have some screenwriting experience – you might even have credits to your name… Or perhaps you’re a writer who’s worked in other disciplines (such as theatre or fiction). Maybe you’re totally new to writing and feel inspired to […]

20 January 2021

Leila Aboulela: ‘Some of the happiest and most inspiring moments in my career took place when I was an unpublished writer’

by Katie Smart Author Interviews, Writing Tips

Leila Aboulela is an award-winning author. She is the author of five novels, Bird Summons, The Translator, a New York Times 100 Notable Books of the Year, The Kindness of Enemies, Minaret and Lyrics Alley, Fiction Winner of the Scottish Book Awards. Leila was the first winner of the Caine Prize for African Writing and her latest story […]

13 January 2021

Ten tips for writing dialogue

by Discoveries Discoveries, From the Agents, Writing Tips

CBC and Curtis Brown are proud to be partnering with the Women’s Prize Trust and NatWest to create Discoveries, a writing development prize and programme that offers aspiring female authors of all ages and backgrounds encouragement and support at the beginning of their creative journeys. This week Discoveries team member and Curtis Brown associate agent, Viola Hayden is talking […]

12 January 2021

Cathi Unsworth: ‘Keep going until you get to the end of the novel… Everything can be fixed in editing’

by Katie Smart Author Interviews, Writing Tips

Cathi Unsworth is the acclaimed author of four crime novels, most recently That Old Black Magic; plus two further (non-genre) novels, all published by Serpent’s Tail. Cathi is a mentor for our new Breakthrough Writers’ Programme which offers nine months of free one-to-one mentoring to under-represented aspiring authors. She is also a co-tutor on our upcoming […]

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