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Tell us about your dream creative writing course…and win

Can you help? At the Beach Hut Writing Academy* in Brighton we have lots of ideas for courses in 2016 . Completing a VERY short survey will help us pick … Continue reading

February 12, 2016 · Leave a comment

Seamus Heaney on falling in love with verbal music — Quotes for Writers (and people who like quotes)

I was getting my first sense of crafting words and for one reason or another, words as bearers of history and mystery began to invite me. Maybe it began very … Continue reading

February 7, 2016 · 4 Comments

REDEMPTION SONG BLOG TOUR: Idiotic Idioms: ‘Those who can, do; those who can’t, teach’

I’m proud to be part of Laura Wilkinson’s blog tour celebrating her latest novel REDEMPTION SONG.  Laura’s a bit of a renaissance woman: a writer of uputdownable stories, a gifted … Continue reading

February 3, 2016 · 2 Comments

What to do with your manuscript when it’s finished – David Mitchell. Quotes for Writers (and people who like quotes)

Send the thing out and forget it. Quickly get to work on the next thing. Don’t sit by the phone or watch your email. Don’t hope. You’ve done a big … Continue reading

January 31, 2016 · 6 Comments

Win a Holiday with a Short Story

There’s nothing not to like about this international writing competition. It’s run by a well-established writer’s retreat in Greece (so they know what they are doing). The prize is flexible. … Continue reading

January 28, 2016 · 6 Comments

How to hook a reader (or an agent) in 3 easy steps…

By Sally Apokedak, @sally_apokedak Part of the How They Do It Series  on Fiction University American literary agent Sally Apokedak describes how to hook a reader in 3 easy steps. … Continue reading

January 25, 2016 · Leave a comment

Sense the mood…see the shadows moving P.J.Harvey QUOTES FOR WRITERS (and people who like quotes)

When I’m writing a song I visualise the entire scene. I can see the colours, I can tell the time of day, I can sense the mood, I can see … Continue reading

January 24, 2016 · Leave a comment

Full Scholarship for a Masters in Creative Writing in London

You don’t need a first degree to apply for this brilliant opportunity. You don’t need to be free during the day. And money is definitely not a barrier…. The first … Continue reading

January 22, 2016 · 4 Comments

Write by the Beach – a day of inspiration in Brighton

I am a founder member of The Beach Hut Writing Academy and, as regular readers may remember, we are holding our first conference on Saturday March 12. Write by the … Continue reading

January 18, 2016 · Leave a comment

The Thin White Duke – read Neil Gaiman’s short story

Instead of the usual Sunday quote about writing, I found this short story from Neil Gaiman, the author and graphic novelist. He published The Return of the Thin White Duke … Continue reading

January 16, 2016 · 3 Comments

When writers should be suspicious

The manuscript of your novel is very precious, even though if it is published it will represent the lowest paid hourly rate you have ever earned in your life (until … Continue reading

January 14, 2016 · 35 Comments

A poem, a painting and a small boy

Just came across this poem by Robert Browning on the website of Interesting literature. It’s a very short poem with a long title: Rhyme for a Child Viewing a Naked Venus … Continue reading

January 13, 2016 · 2 Comments

Horror, Sci-Fi and Fantasy manuscripts wanted

If you are working on a genre novel this sounds like a very good opportunity. SNOWBOOKS – a British independent publishing company set up in 2004 – welcome unsolicited manuscripts … Continue reading

January 11, 2016 · 16 Comments

Most stories we tell are under 500 words….Quotes for Writers (and people who like quotes)

Most stories we tell in real life are under 500 words. You’re at a party, everyone has a glass of wine, and suddenly you have the floor. You throw out … Continue reading

January 10, 2016 · 2 Comments

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