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18 November 2020

#Deskoveries | Writing desk round-up

Discoveries writing tips
by Discoveries Discoveries, From Our Students

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!

Bestselling author of The Hunting Party and The Guest List Lucy Foley adapts well to writing and travelling. She is now in the routine of writing safely at home.

Curtis Brown Creative reader-editor Wyl Menmuir definitely won most adventurous location!

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.

Former Curtis Brown Creative student Nikki Smith‘s gave us another vote for writing on the sofa! Her debut All in Her Head is out now in paperback.

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.

Former CBC novel-writing student Caz Frear writes her gripping DC Cat Kinsella crime thrillers with a little help from this fetching flamingo.

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)!

Award-winning romance novelist Erica James‘ transition from longhand writing in the park to her own office is amazing to see.

Janet Ellis showed us the reality of clutter. Her chair is wonderful, Janet worked on The Butcher’s Hook on a Curtis Brown Creative course back in 2014.

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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