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The Laureate for Irish Fiction just gets better and better…

Originally posted on Irish Writing Blog:
Anne Enright, one of 34 authors on the longlist for the inaugural Laureate for Irish Fiction (Image: The Guardian) A longlist of 34 authors…

October 22, 2014 · 2 Comments

Yes, Agents Google Writers

Originally posted on Carly Watters, Literary Agent:
This is the social media elephant in the room. You don’t query in a vacuum. If you write a query letter and an…

October 20, 2014 · Leave a comment

An inspirational workshop for apprentice performance poets

If you’ve always wanted to write and perform your own poetry there’s a chance to attend a masterclass next Saturday afternoon  October 25th 2014 with Dean Atta . Rhyme and … Continue reading

October 20, 2014 · Leave a comment

…The supreme expression of story is the novel…Richard Flanagan, winner of 2014 Booker. Quotes for Writers (and people who like quotes)

I do not share the pessimism of the age about the novel. They are one of our greatest spiritual, aesthetic and intellectual inventions. As a species it is story that … Continue reading

October 19, 2014 · Leave a comment

When you compete with Shakespeare there’s only going to be one winner….Virginia Woolf Quotes for writers (and anyone who likes quotes)

I read Shakespeare directly I finished writing. When my mind is agape and redhot. Then it is astonishing. I never yet knew how amazing his stretch and speed and word-coining … Continue reading

October 19, 2014 · Leave a comment

Writing about women – SALLY WAINWRIGHT Quotes for Writers (and people who like quotes)

Why wouldn’t you put them on screen? I find women more interesting. They’re more heroic. The banality of the day-to-day; the reality of it; coping with the problems on a … Continue reading

October 12, 2014 · Leave a comment

The Seven Deadly Sins of Short Story Writing and how to avoid them

This post grew out of an article I originally wrote for the Hysterectomy Association when I was writer in residence of their annual writing comeptition earlier this year. I recently … Continue reading

October 6, 2014 · 8 Comments

The benefits of list-making – Rhodri Marsden Quotes for Writers (and people who like quotes)

Aside from heavy drinking, the creation of lists is the most effective temporary form of anxiety relief that I know of, and, as a bonus, it’s substantially cheaper and results … Continue reading

October 5, 2014 · Leave a comment

Do you know a poem by heart?

Does Wordsworth or Rosen or Gerald Manley Hopkins trip off your tongue? Are whole poems hard-wired into your memory so they are with you always – you don’t need a … Continue reading

October 2, 2014 · 6 Comments

How she did it. Kath McGurl’s 11 year Route to Publishing a Novel

The guest post this week comes from Kath McGurl and I am very glad to welcome her. I know Kath through her popular blog where she offers advice and information … Continue reading

September 29, 2014 · 2 Comments

“Coal miners don’t get coal miners’ block” John Green’s Dad — Quotes for writers (and people who like quotes)

I delete about 90% of my first drafts…so it doesn’t really matter much if on a particular day I write beautiful and brilliant prose that will stick in the minds … Continue reading

September 28, 2014 · Leave a comment

What book makes you happy?

The Summer Reading Challenge takes place every year during the summer holidays in the UK. Children can sign up at their local library, then read six library books of their … Continue reading

September 26, 2014 · 4 Comments

A Criminal ADVENTure – call for Christmasy short stories with a twist

I’ve just been contacted by a former City Lit student to tell me that she is now part of a group of aspiring crime writers who want to create a … Continue reading

September 25, 2014 · Leave a comment

Elizabeth Hein’s Route to Publication – a lesson in learning the craft, a lesson in not giving up or giving in…

I am very glad to hand over my blog today to Elizabeth Hein who lives in North Carolina. We have only met online  – but as a regular reader of … Continue reading

September 22, 2014 · 3 Comments

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