Writing Tips Posts

03 October 2019

#WriteCBC: Writing tip and task from Sophie Lambert

by Anna Davis Events, Writing Tips

It’s that time of the month again – here we are for October’s edition of #WriteCBC – and we’re thrilled to welcome the very fabulous Sophie Lambert of C&W – literary agent of many a marvellous author, including Costa-winning Nathan Filer, Booker-longlisted Guy Gunaratne, bestselling CBC alumna Jenny Quintana – and now former CBC student […]

24 September 2019

Creating a children’s picture book

by Sarah McIntyre and David OConnell Author Interviews, Writing Tips

We asked author-illustrators Sarah McIntyre and David O’Connell to share some of the secrets behind their approach to creating characters and worlds for a children’s picture book.

19 September 2019

An editor’s guide to editing your novel

by Jennifer Kerslake Writing Tips

Editing your novel is a fundamental part of the writing process, and yet so many authors find it intimidating and overwhelming. I admit, it lacks glamour. Who wants to go back over what they’ve written? To find gaps and holes and work out solutions and rewrite scenes that took a long time to write in […]

05 September 2019

#WriteCBC: Writing tip and writing task from Cynan Jones

by Anna Davis Events, Writing Tips

It’s September, and #WriteCBC is back! Yes, it’s the return of our monthly Twitter writing competition after our summer break, and this month’s splendid guest is Cynan Jones, author of five novels including The Dig, The Long Dry and Everything I Found on the Beach. He has won a Betty Trask Award and the BBC National […]

04 September 2019

Jennifer Kerslake: ‘Keep moving forward and keep writing’

by Jennifer Kerslake Writing Tips

Hello! I’m delighted to be writing my first blog post for Curtis Brown Creative after joining as senior manager for courses and operations. Despite a few technical difficulties, including one tense moment on my first day when I crashed the website (only for a couple of minutes, but obviously not ideal – thank you team […]

29 August 2019

How to give your novel pace and momentum

by Anna Davis How To ..., Writing Tips

This week, the Curtis Brown Creative team are back in the office after our respective dreamy summer holidays (sigh), and I decided to run a little Twitter poll: Having read a few disappointing books while I was away this year, I asked people to name the ONE thing that makes them want to abandon a holiday […]

29 August 2019

How audiobooks make you a better author

by Hannah Mary McKinnon From Our Students, Writing Tips

Hannah Mary McKinnon had a successful career in recruitment, then she quit the corporate world in favor of writing. Hannah took our six-month online novel-writing course back in 2014, she is now the author of three novels. Here she shares the benefits of listening to audiobooks and how they’ve helped her become a better author.   Once upon a time, […]

25 July 2019

SD Sykes: ‘Give your main characters room to grow …’

by SD Sykes From Our Students, Writing Tips

SD Sykes (Sarah) was a student on our three-month novel-writing course in London back in 2012. Since then, she’s written four books in the ‘Somershill’ historical crime series, set in the aftermath of the Black Death. Her fourth novel in the series, The Bone Fire is published by Hodder and Stoughton.  Here she shares 6 […]

24 July 2019

Cynan Jones: ‘Don’t write to be published’

by Katie Smart Author Interviews, Writing Tips

We’re so excited to share with you our brand new 6-week online course, Writing Short Stories, led by award-winning short story author Cynan Jones. Cynan Jones won the Betty Trask award for his novel The Long Dry and he won BBC National Short Story Award in 2017, for which he is on the 2019 judging panel (shortlist to be announced […]

22 July 2019

Lucy Morris: ‘Learn everything about your main character’

by Curtis Brown 120 Curtis Brown 120, From the Agents, Writing Tips

As part of our 120th birthday celebrations, Curtis Brown – in partnership with Curtis Brown Creative – have launched the Curtis Brown First Novel Prize! Our mission is to find the exciting new voices of the future. To enter all you need is a 10,000 word novel opening and a one-page synopsis (find out more here). The deadline for entering the Curtis Brown […]

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