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08 December 2020

Caroline Day: ‘It is important to understand what the hook of your story is from the outset’

by Kumbi Madzinga Author Interviews, From Our Students, Writing Tips

Caroline Day studied on our Writing Your Novel – Three Months course in 2016. Now she has a two-book deal with Bonnier Books UK. Her debut novel Hope Nicely’s Lessons for Life will be published in March 2021. We caught up with Caroline to find out more about her time on the course, her essential […]

02 December 2020

Sandeep Mahal: ‘Have fellow travellers alongside you who can help… connect with other writers.’

by Discoveries Discoveries, Writing Tips

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. This week the Discoveries team talk books and writing advice with Director […]

01 December 2020

How to write for younger readers: Advice from literary agent Stephanie Thwaites and authors Michael Mann and Cynthia Murphy

by Danni Georgiou Author Interviews, From the Agents, How To ..., Writing Tips

Last week, we hosted a very special webinar with top Curtis Brown literary agent Stephanie Thwaites and two of her clients, former CBC students, Cynthia Murphy and Michael Mann. These special webinars are an exclusive component of our Writing YA & Children’s Fiction course, and they give our students the chance to discover more about […]

30 November 2020

Festive Story Prompt, image of a starry night sky with the crumbling ruins of a castle in the foreground.

#WriteCBC – 5-Act Festive Story

by Kumbi Madzinga Events, Writing Tips

Welcome to #WriteCBC’s #5ActFestiveStory! This blog has the details of the story and competition structure, and will also be used to announce our daily winners. Find out more about our special festive writing competition, which is taking place on Twitter @cbcreative, including how to play and the rules here. We are so thrilled that special […]

26 November 2020

Writing in winter

Our festive social media writing events

by Kumbi Madzinga Events

Over the last few years, it’s become a much-loved CBC tradition to run a special festive version of our popular monthly Twitter competition #WriteCBC in December. And this year, alongside our festive competition on Twitter @cbcreative, we are also hosting a #12DaysofCBC advent giveaway over on our Instagram @curtisbrowncreative. Read on to find out how […]

25 November 2020

Hannah Beer, Curtis Brown

Hannah Beer: ‘Have faith that what you’ve written is worth being read’

by Kumbi Madzinga From the Agents, Writing Tips

Hannah Beer joined Curtis Brown in 2019 and currently assists Jonathan Lloyd. She is also building her own list of fiction and non-fiction authors. We caught up with Hannah to find out more about what she enjoys reading and what she’s looking for from debut authors… You joined Curtis Brown in 2019 as Jonathan Lloyd’s […]

24 November 2020

Announcing The Breakthrough Writers’ Programme

by Anna Davis Events

We’re excited to announce a major new project, The Breakthrough Writers’ Programme, launched with the support of the literary agents from Curtis Brown and C&W. It’s an exciting new programme of courses, mentoring and scholarships for under-represented writers – with all opportunities fully funded for the writers taking part. Our aim is to seek out […]

18 November 2020

Discoveries writing tips

#Deskoveries | Writing desk round-up

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 […]

10 November 2020

Caroline Beecham, Author

Five tips: How reading helps you write historical fiction

by Kumbi Madzinga From Our Students, Writing Tips

Caroline Beecham studied on our six-month online Writing Your Novel course in 2015 and has gone on to write three novels. Caroline is currently working on a fourth novel for publication in 2022, as well as adapting her first novel Maggie’s Kitchen as a drama series. Here Caroline talks about the power of reading and […]

05 November 2020

Polly Crosby, author

#WriteCBC tip and task from Polly Crosby

by Kumbi Madzinga Events, Writing Tips

I’m excited to be introducing this month’s #WriteCBC, with a writing tip and task from special guest Polly Crosby. Polly was a student on our six-week online Write to the End of Your Novel course, and then joined our six-month online Writing Your Novel course in 2018 after being awarded the Yesterday Scholarship (generously funded […]

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