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21 May 2020

Write From Home Twitter writing events

by Katie Smart Events, Writing Tips

As we adjust to the ‘new normal’, we’re keen to increase our support for our writing community by offering a range of free and discounted programmes. This includes our free Weekly Writing Workout that launched in March, and now has over 7,000 subscribers!

As many of you already know, we host a popular Twitter writing competition – #WriteCBC – on the first Thursday of every month. We’ve increased our schedule of Twitter events during lockdown, because we know how important it is for writers to share their work and stay connected. We hope that our Twitter community will continue to bring writers together in a safe, supportive and creative space.

Without further ado, here’s our schedule of upcoming events:


#WriteCBC will continue to take place on the first Thursday of the month.

For this competition we post one writing tip and one writing task on Twitter and in our blog. The task requires you to do a nifty bit of writing in under 280 characters.

Each month the tip and task come from a special guest – this could be one of our creative writing tutors, a literary agent from Curtis Brown or C&W, a publisher, or one of our published alumni.

The next #WriteCBC will take place on Thurs 6 August. Special guest to be announced soon …


You may have already seen or participated in our inaugural #lockdownlines event.

Every month, we’d like you to share one line that you’ve written during lockdown that you really like. We know lots of you have been struggling to find the time and headspace to keep to your usual writing schedule recently, which is why we think it’s important to celebrate a new line (or two) that you feel proud of or that amuses you.

This is a fun way to share some of your favourite work from the month and as a bonus we’ll be giving away a few prizes each month to writers whose work really makes us think or smile.

The next #LockdownLines will take place on Thurs 13 August.

Industry Q&As

On the second or last Thursday of the month we’ll host an industry Q&A with an agent, author or publisher! On Q&A days our special guest will be online from 12–1pm (UK time) to answer your questions about writing and the book industry.

Read the responses from our Q&A with author, former agent and CBC’s managing director Anna Davis here.

Read the responses from our Q&A with Curtis Brown’s Viola Hayden here. #AsktheAgent

Find out more about Viola in our recent interview.

Read the responses from our Q&A with CBC senior manager Jennifer Kerslake here. #AskJennifer

Read more of Jennifer’s advice in her ten step guide to planning your novel.

Our next Q&A will take place on Thurs 30 July – with Charlotte Mursell, Editorial Director at Orion. Charlotte will be taking to Twitter to answer your questions about books and publishing. #AsktheEditor

If these events appeal to you, please do come and join in on Twitter (@cbcreative) – we’d love to welcome you to our #WritingCommunity. And remember to check back to this blog, as we’ll be updating the schedule every couple of weeks with details of upcoming Twitter event dates.

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