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Writing Tips Posts

19 May 2020

Three-book deal for CBC’s first writing duo

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

Barney Thompson and Christopher Rickaby met on our first-ever novel-writing course in 2011. Now they’re a writing duo and they have gained an exciting three-book deal with Welbeck for their jointly-penned ‘Revol Rossel’ thriller series. We caught up with Barney and Chris to discuss their time studying with us and what inspired them to become […]

13 May 2020

Jennifer Harvey: ‘Persevere. It can be a very long journey from writing to publication…’

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

Jennifer Harvey was a student on our popular six-week online Starting to Write Your Novel course in 2016. Now she has a three-book deal with Bookouture! Read on to find out more about Jennifer’s time studying online with CBC and her debut novel Someone Else’s Daughter … You took our online Starting to Write Your Novel course in […]

07 May 2020

#WriteCBC tip and task from Clare Pooley

by Anna Davis Events, Writing Tips

Welcome to our second anniversary edition of #WriteCBC, we launched the Twitter competition in May 2018 as a seven day challenge in honour of our seventh birthday. This week CBC celebrated it’s ninth birthday and the team threw a virtual party with cake (read more about our ninth birthday here). We hope you’re all safe […]

07 May 2020

Viola Hayden: ‘Give your manuscript to people you trust to read’

by Katie Smart From the Agents, Writing Tips

Viola Hayden joined Curtis Brown as an associate agent in Jonny Geller’s office after working in publishing at Cornerstone, Michael Joseph and most recently as a commissioning editor at Sphere, an imprint of Little, Brown. We caught up with Viola to find out more about her love of books, how she’s adapted to working from […]

05 May 2020

CBC’s 9th Birthday – & Agents Under Lockdown

by Anna Davis Events, How To ..., Writing Tips

Today – 5th May 2020 – is our ninth birthday. Yep, it’s a full nine years since Jake Arnott and I first walked into the agency’s reception area to welcome fifteen nervous students to Curtis Brown Creative, while trying not to let them see that we were at least as nervous as they were … […]

30 April 2020

Cathryn Summerhayes: ‘It’s the eclectic nature of the job and of the authors you work with that make you fizz with excitement’

by Katie Smart From the Agents, Writing Tips

Cathryn Summerhayes re-joined Curtis Brown in September 2016 having started her literary agency career there as an intern in 2004. She represents an amazing list of clients including Dr Adam Kay, Naomi Wood, Kirsty Logan, Lisa Taddeo, Lucy Foley and Sir Ranulph Fiennes. Cathryn was named Literary Agent of the Year at the 2019 British Book Awards. […]

28 April 2020

Writing group: Five years on and still going strong

by Sean Lusk From Our Students, Writing Tips

Sean Lusk and his cohort of CBC writers continue to support each other five years after their three-month novel-writing course finished. Sean and his writing buddies still critique drafts, celebrate publications and now they’re even Zooming each other throughout lockdown. We fifteen prospective authors met one April evening back in 2015 to begin our three-month […]

21 April 2020

Ten lockdown self-care tips for writers

by Gareth L. Powell Author Interviews, Writing Tips

Gareth L. Powell was born in Bristol in 1970 and still lives nearby. He began writing at school and was fortunate to count Diana Wynne Jones and Helen Dunmore as early mentors. After a number of small press publications, he sold his first professional short story to Interzone magazine in 2006. A short novel, Silversands, appeared in 2010 and […]

02 April 2020

#WriteCBC tip and task from Nikki Smith

by Anna Davis Events, Writing Tips

Welcome to our first Isolation #WriteCBC. I’m sure that most people who take part every month do so from home – but this will be the first time that ALL of us are at home – the CBC team included. If you haven’t taken part before, we’re very happy to have you join this writing […]

02 April 2020

Four ways to write believable characters

by Haleh Agar Writing Tips

Haleh Agar was born and raised with her two sisters in Canada. She left to teach English Literature at international schools in Bahrain, Singapore and most recently London, where she now lives. Haleh has been published in literary magazines and journals, including Mslexia, Viva Magazine, Fincham Press and Lamplight Magazine. She won the Brighton Prize for a piece of flash fiction, […]

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