Writing Tips Posts

01 July 2019

Becky Brown: ‘Good novels come from the brain and the heart’

by Curtis Brown 120 Curtis Brown 120, From the Agents, Writing Tips

As part of our 120th birthday celebrations, Curtis Brown – in partnership with Curtis Brown Creative – have launched the Curtis Brown First Novel Prize! Our mission is to find the exciting new voices of the future. To enter all you need is a 10,000 word novel opening and a one-page synopsis (find out more here). The deadline for entering the Curtis Brown […]

13 June 2019

Julia Armfield’s 6 top tips for writing short stories

by Julia Armfield From Our Students, Writing Tips

Julia Armfield studied on our second-ever London-based novel-writing course in 2011 – along with Kate Hamer, James Hannah, Annabelle Thorpe and Tim Glencross, to name just a few. Julia was the youngest on the course – and, at a mere 21, one of the youngest students we’ve had full-stop! Her mesmerising short story collection Salt Slow was recently published by Picador. Her debut novel will follow […]

13 June 2019

Cathy Rentzenbrink: ‘Don’t try to sound like a writer – try to sound like yourself’

by Katie Smart Author Interviews, Writing Tips

We’re so excited to share with you our brand new 6-week online course, Writing a Memoir, led by bestselling memoirist Cathy Rentzenbrink. Cathy is the author of The Last Act of Love, which was a Sunday Times bestseller and was shortlisted for the Wellcome Prize. She followed it with A Manual for Heartache – and her next book, Dear Reader: The Comfort […]

06 June 2019

#WriteCBC: Writing tip and writing task from Jane Fallon

by Anna Davis Events, Writing Tips

It’s time for our June edition of #WriteCBC – the monthly Twitter writing competition – and we are thrilled to welcome our very special guest, Jane Fallon! As well as being the author of nine top ten bestselling titles, including Getting Rid of Matthew and The Ugly Sister, Jane is generously providing a fully-funded scholarship place for […]

22 May 2019

Writing Advice to My Younger Self

by Hannah Mary McKinnon From Our Students, Writing Tips

Hannah Mary McKinnon was born in the U.K., grew up in Switzerland and moved to Canada in 2010. After a successful career in recruitment, she quit the corporate world in favor of writing. Hannah took our six-month online novel-writing course back in 2014. Her third novel Her Secret Son will be published next week, to celebrate Hannah shares with […]

09 May 2019

Melanie Cantor: ‘Accept that failure is part of your path’

by Melanie Cantor Writing Tips

Melanie Cantor is represented by Curtis Brown’s very own Felicity Blunt. Melanie’s debut novel Death and Other Happy Endings comes out this June Transworld (UK) Penguin (US). The novel is a heartwarming read which explores one women’s journey as she deals with her terminal diagnosis – If your life was going to end tomorrow, what would you […]

02 May 2019

#WriteCBC: Writing Tip and Writing Task from Kate Hamer

by Anna Davis Events, Writing Tips

This month we’re celebrating not one but TWO birthdays … It’s the 8th birthday of Curtis Brown Creative, and the first birthday of #WriteCBC – oh yes it is! So, for those of you who’ve been taking part in our monthly Twitter writing competition for the full year, help yourselves to a virtual slice of […]

24 April 2019

Sarah McIntyre on creativity, procrastination, and the making of Grumpycorn!

by Sarah McIntyre Writing Tips

Sarah Mcintyre discusses the themes of creativity and procrastination in her picture book, Grumpycorn, and offers tips on avoiding distractions when writing or illustrating!

04 April 2019

#WriteCBC: Writing tip and writing task from Lucy Morris

by Anna Davis Events, From the Agents, Writing Tips

Spring has sprung at CBC Towers in London – and we are celebrating with our April edition of #WriteCBC, our monthly writing competition on Twitter. This month we’re joined by the very lovely Lucy Morris – the Curtis Brown literary agent who recently negotiated a fab publishing deal with Headline for former CBC student Hazel Barkworth. Lucy […]

02 April 2019

Science Fiction author Greg Chivers interviews himself

by Greg Chivers Author Interviews, From Our Students, Writing Tips

We caught up with Greg Chivers* to talk about his novel The Crying Machine (HarperVoyager) which is coming out on April 4th. He wrote it while participating in our 3-month London-based course with Charlotte Mendelson. Tell us about your novel in a way that looks like it’s imparting valuable knowledge to all the aspiring authors who’ll be reading this. […]

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