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26 March 2019

How to edit a novel – working on the big picture …

by Anna Davis How To ..., Writing Tips

How to edit your novel – our tips on tackling your structural edit and getting on a firm footing with your rewriting process.

07 February 2019

How to choose the right setting for your novel

by Gytha Lodge How To ..., Writing Tips

Gytha Lodge is a writer and multi-award-winning playwright who lives in Cambridge. After studying creative writing at UEA, she was shortlisted for the Yeovil Literary Prize and the Arts’ Council England fiction awards. Gytha is represented by Curtis Brown agent Felicity Blunt and her debut novel, She Lies in Wait will be published by Michael Joseph […]

07 January 2019

How to write the perfect pitch letter to an agent

by Anna Davis How To ..., Writing Tips

How do you write the killer pitch-letter for your novel? Here are Anna Davis’ top 15 tips on how to make your letter stand out from the pack.

05 December 2018

How to query a literary agent

by Catherine Cho From the Agents, How To ..., Writing Tips

Finding an agent is a matter of fit. It takes persistence and confidence, remember that publishing is a subjective business, and so what might be a NO for some agents is a YES for others. Catherine Cho, an Associate Agent at Curtis Brown, shares her top tips on how to send a query to a literary agent.

24 August 2018

How to write great dialogue in fiction

by Anna Davis How To ..., Writing Tips

Well-handled dialogue is one of THE essential ingredients of a good novel. And yet it’s something that many writers struggle with and even shy away from. The trick is to make your characters’ speech carry the ring and rhythm of real-life conversations without actually trying to recreate them verbatim, complete with all the er’s, um’s, […]

09 August 2018

How to create great characters in fiction

by Anna Davis From the Agents, How To ..., Writing Tips

All of us need to think hard about how to create striking, memorable characters in our novels and stories – so really there should be something for everyone here.  So here goes … We have four separate pieces of writing advice plus writing exercises here. The first three were originally put together for our #WriteCBC Twitter […]

05 July 2018

How to prepare your application material for a Curtis Brown Creative novel-writing course

by Anna Davis Course News, How To ..., Writing Tips

All of our longer creative writing courses, in London or online (whether 3 or 6 months), have a selective applications process. When the closing date for the course arrives, the CBC team sit down to read everything we’ve received and select the 15 we consider to be the strongest from the applications received. We look closely […]

22 June 2018

How to write a synopsis for your novel

by Anna Davis How To ..., Writing Tips

At Curtis Brown and C+W, we like to see a good one-page synopsis as part of your pitch package. Read our 16 tips on how to write a great synopsis for your novel…

16 March 2018

How to get through the first draft of your novel

by Hannah Mary McKinnon From Our Students, How To ..., Writing Tips

Hannah Mary McKinnon took one of our online creative writing courses, and is now a published author with her second novel,  The Neighbours, newly launched in the US, UK – and Canada, where she lives. Hannah has been one of our most positive and persevering students, and she brings these qualities very much to bear […]

19 January 2018

How to submit your novel to literary agents

by Jack Hadley From the Agents, How To ..., Writing Tips

We asked the literary agents for their top submission tips for new writers who are trying to find an agent. Here’s a selection of their responses…

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