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Writing Tips Posts

01 September 2021

Paula Owen: ‘It’s never too late to decide to turn your hand to novel writing’

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

Paula Owen was a student on our Writing Your Novel course in 2020. Now her debut historical novel Little Brown Dog will be published by Honno Press 15 September. We caught up with Paula to talk about her time on the course, her approach to research and her move from writing non-fiction to fiction… You […]

26 August 2021

Five ways to get inspired to write YA and children’s fiction

by Catherine Johnson Author Interviews, Writing Tips

Catherine Johnson is an award-winning children’s and YA author. Her book Sawbones won the Young Quills Prize for best Historical Fiction and was nominated for the Carnegie medal in 2015. Her historical middle grade novel Freedom won the 2019 Little Rebels Award for Radical Children’s Fiction. Catherine is also the tutor of our three-month online Writing YA & Children’s Fiction. […]

19 August 2021

Melissa Welliver: ‘Write in your most authentic voice’

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

Melissa Welliver took our online Writing YA & Children’s Fiction course in 2016. Now she has a publishing deal with Agora Books for her gripping dystopian YA trilogy. The first book in the series The Undying Tower will be published this October. Melissa reveals the inspiration behind the totalitarian future portrayed in The Undying Tower, […]

12 August 2021

Camilla Young: ‘I want to be pitched something that I’ve never seen before’

by Jennifer Kerslake From the Agents, Screenwriting, Writing Tips

Camilla Young is an agent working in Curtis Brown’s Theatre, Film and TV department. Her clients include Dolly Alderton, Kevin Barry, Joss Agnew and Emma Jane Unsworth. Camilla is one of the agents involved in our our eighteen-week Writing an Original TV Drama Serial course. We caught up with Camilla to find out how she got […]

10 August 2021

Clare Alan: ‘Reread your script before sending it off’

by Jennifer Kerslake Screenwriting, Writing Tips

Clare Alan is an experienced script editor and producer who has worked on a range of TV and film projects in the UK and Ireland, including Solomon & Gaenor, factual drama The Investigator, Dangerfield, Silent Witness and The Vice. We’re thrilled to have Clare as a tutor providing feedback to aspiring screenwriters on our eighteen-week Writing an Original TV Drama Serial […]

05 August 2021

Neil Daws: ‘Remember, you’re writing a cracking yarn not an academic history book’

by Katie Smart Author Interviews, Events, Writing Tips

Neil Daws studied with us on a three-month Writing Your Novel course back in 2018. His debut novel A Quiet Place to Kill was published by Thomas & Mercer September 2021. We caught up with Neil to talk about his debut, his time studying with us and what inspired him to pay it forward and […]

03 August 2021

Natalie Chandler: ‘Take every opportunity to grow as an author; never stop learning and never stop developing your skills’

by Katie Smart Author Interviews, Writing Tips

Natalie Chandler studied on our six-week online Writing a Psychological Thriller course. The novel she worked on during the course – Believe Me Not – is to be published by Headline Accent in spring 2022. We caught up with Natalie to find out more about her time on the course, her approach to writing and the […]

30 July 2021

Getting the most out of your writing summer

by Anna Davis Writing Tips

Warning: The following post is a bit UK-centric and a bit Anna-Davis-centric. However, it still includes writing advice that’s applicable on other shores, in other seasons and in other frames of mind – so do bear with me… And thank you for your indulgence! What a mess of contradictions many of us are finding ourselves […]

28 July 2021

Writing children’s fiction: Advice from author Penny Chrimes and literary agent Lisa Babalis

by Abby Parsons Author Interviews, From the Agents, Writing Tips

Earlier this month, we hosted a webinar with Curtis Brown literary agent Lisa Babalis and her client and former CBC student Penny Chrimes. These special webinars are an exclusive component of our Writing YA & Children’s Fiction course, and they give our students the chance to discover more about finding an agent and the publishing process. Since finishing […]

22 July 2021

How to stay motivated when writing your novel

by Abby Parsons How To ..., Writing Tips

Have you started writing a novel, but found yourself stuck somewhere in the middle of the first draft? Even when you have a brilliant idea and characters you love, it’s common to encounter problems once past your opening chapters. From writer’s block, to plot holes, or scenes that are difficult to write, there are always reasons to put down the pen.  But as […]

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