for writers and readers….

Mrs Finnegan’s Almanac – Brighton Isn’t Just for Royals

June comes in with the scent of roses. BUT all too often it has an OLD SHAWL on her shoulders, A BAD COLD in her head and CORNS on her … Continue reading

May 30, 2023 · 9 Comments

In Praise of Longer Sentences – Ed Simon QUOTES FOR WRITERS

Within a long sentence—clause upon clause, the commas and semicolons, em-dashes and colons, parentheticals and appositions piling up—there can be a veritable maze of imagery, a labyrinth of connotation, a … Continue reading

May 28, 2023 · 6 Comments

Write a Fight Right – Rita Chang-Eppig QUOTES FOR WRITERS

The beauty of literature is it’s not a movie, says Rita Chang-Eppig. That means you don’t have to give a blow-by-blow account of a fight scene

May 21, 2023 · 2 Comments

Mrs Finnegan’s Almanac – the Secret of the Witches of Hove

Mrs Finnegan’s Almanac of 1836 unlocks the real story behind the witches of Hove and discovers the patron saint of the impossible.

May 16, 2023 · 8 Comments

A Short Story Can’t Just Stop – it has to Conclude Claire Kilroy QUOTES FOR WRITERS

There’s one thing that all short story have to have, says Irish writer Claire Kilroy

May 14, 2023 · 2 Comments

Getting to the Heart of Things – Lily Dunn on Writing Memoir QUOTES FOR WRITERS

When writing memoir, a writer is not simply expressing or purging their painful experiences but also also using it to explore themselves, and the human condition generally, by engaging with … Continue reading

May 7, 2023 · Leave a comment

Writing Award for the Over 50s

Working on a novel? Over 50 and never been published? This free to enter writing competition has your name all over it.

May 5, 2023 · 2 Comments

Mrs Finnegan’s Almanac Reveals THREE of Life’s Great Truths

Mrs Finnegan’s Almanac reveals three essential truths about life (including the one about one size fitting all)

May 2, 2023 · 5 Comments

Get Over the Fear of Failure – Brandon Stosuy QUOTES FOR WRITERS

Even the most accomplished people deal with failure and ongoing self-doubt. You have to learn how to deal with it. Failure is how you learn. If you see it as … Continue reading

April 30, 2023 · 2 Comments

Launch Your Picture Book Career With This Competition

Would you like to write for the 3 to 5 year old age group?
UK publishers are running a picture book competition

April 25, 2023 · Leave a comment

Getting Your Own Back – Louise Glück QUOTES FOR WRITERS

There are a lot of reasons for writing and maybe one of them is just sometimes you want to get your own back on what life has thrown at you.

April 23, 2023 · 4 Comments

Mrs Finnegan’s Almanac – It’s Always Best to Keep in with the Right Kind of Saint

Mrs Finnegan’s Almanac of April 1836 reveals the saint of the week (a good man to know if you want to get ahead) and the adventures of a much travelled chandelier

April 18, 2023 · 16 Comments

The Last Thing to Do to Your Writing – Claire Kilroy QUOTES FOR WRITERS

Irish novelist Claire Kilroy on how to say goodbye to a piece of writing before sending it out to the world.

April 16, 2023 · 4 Comments

Mrs Finnegan Always Judges a Man by his Poker

How do you judge someone’s character? Mrs Finnegan believes you should observe how they treat a fire about to go out…

April 11, 2023 · 11 Comments