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.
Last week we asked the Twitter writing community where they like to put pen to paper and we got some wonderful responses from Curtis Brown clients, published CBC alumni and other writers. Check out some of our favourite #Deskoveries posts below!
A few of the places I’ve called a desk … looking forward to being able to work out and about in bars and cafes one day in the not too distant future — but for now I’m in my study at home! #Deskoveries @cbcreative pic.twitter.com/Bf5LtGondJ— Lucy Foley (@lucyfoleytweets) November 12, 2020
Curtis Brown Creative reader-editor Wyl Menmuir definitely won most adventurous location!
I wrote on the sofa with my computer on my lap until I bought a lapdesk which was a gamechanger. Hanging laundry is my backdrop. My favourite notebook is from the US called @baronfig, which we buy multiples of whenever we visit. #Deskoveries pic.twitter.com/51tXgH0hql— Catherine Cho (@Catkcho) November 12, 2020
Catherine Cho wrote most of her stunning memoir Inferno on the sofa. We think the lapdesk is a genius idea.
Curtis Brown Creative alumna Clare Pooley‘s terrier looks like a very discerning editor! We’re wondering if he’s had a sneak peak of a second novel. Clare’s debut The Authenticity Project – which she worked on with CBC – was published earlier this year.
The photo on the left is where I wrote my debut novel #AllInHerHead – at my kitchen table with lots of coffee! I still write there a lot now, or on the sofa with my trusty companion!! #Deskoveries pic.twitter.com/tHcMpEJBJg— Nikki Smith (@Mrssmithmunday) November 12, 2020
This is a beautiful desk from Polly Crosby. Polly won a scholarship to attend an online six-month novel-writing course for her novel The Illustrated Child. Now her book has been published by HarperCollins.
Bestselling novelist Gillian McAllister was one of many authors demonstrating the great advice that switching locations can help you gain a fresh perspective.
After the publication of he debut Red Corona Tim Glister upgraded his desk – and we approve!
CBC alumna Hazel Barkworth wrote most of her debut Heatstroke on the move and still keeps her trusty notebook handy.
Bestselling memoirist and Curtis Brown Creative tutor Cathy Rentzenbrink gave us some serious desk envy. Writing a Memoir students might recognise the octopus and sand timers (great tools for trying automatic writing exercises)!
Thanks to @CBGBooks for setting this in motion, sneaking a peak at authors’ desks! When I started writing back in the early 90s, I used to sit in Tervuren Park, Brussels and write by hand in a notebook, now I have a fab office to work in. #deskoveries pic.twitter.com/UKQ2Q0FXFC— Erica James (@TheEricaJames) November 12, 2020
Award-winning romance novelist Erica James‘ transition from longhand writing in the park to her own office is amazing to see.
@cbcreative @CBGBooks Oh dear. Too late to pretend I work in monk-like,uncluttered isolation free from distraction. This is the unvarnished (possibly undusted) truth. Includes a chair upholstered in fabric from The Butcher’s Hook cover. #deskoveries pic.twitter.com/3PoBNLudYu— janet ellis (@missjanetellis) November 12, 2020
Our very own Becky Brown – Curtis Brown Heritage agent and Discoveries team member – just published the anthology Blitz Spirit. Her desk is lovely but it is great to hear about the reality of moving from sofa to floor to desk.
These are just a few of the fantastic desks and writing locations shared by a variety of brilliant writers, to view all the desks check out #Deskoveries on Twitter.
If you’re an unpublished female author currently writing a novel on the sofa, at the kitchen table, or even on a boat find out more about the Discoveries Prize and how to enter.
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