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Words are what matter…Ursula K. Le Guin QUOTES FOR WRITERS (and people who like quotes)

Words are what matter. The sharing of words. The activation of imagination through the reading of words. The reason literacy is important is that literature is the operating instructions. The … Continue reading

June 25, 2017 · Leave a comment

Mixing it all up and seeing what comes out – ART FOR WRITERS

I don’t think I have to say much this week….look at the picture and start writing.  Who knows where you will end up: it may be in a blind alley, … Continue reading

June 23, 2017 · Leave a comment

Stay in a Cornish writers’ retreat – full bursary available for low waged writers

Brisons Veor wants applications from writers for two fully-bursaried places for a week’s residency in 2018 at their centre in west Cornwall. The bursaries (worth £275 each) are open to … Continue reading

June 20, 2017 · 4 Comments

Do exercises really help writers to write?

Kate Mosse, bestselling author of Labyrinth, says that writers ought to practice writing in much the same ways as musicians practice the scales. She is not alone in suggesting that … Continue reading

June 19, 2017 · Leave a comment

Write what you DON’T know…QUOTES FOR WRITERS (and people who like quotes)

One of the dumbest things you were ever taught was to write what you know. Because what you know is usually dull. Remember when you first wanted to be a … Continue reading

June 18, 2017 · 1 Comment

How to jump on a bandwagon and do it well… Art for Writers

This young woman might be a resident of the gothic house I featured in last week’s art for writers post but I chose this painting by John Everett Millais because it’s … Continue reading

June 16, 2017 · 3 Comments

Make a beeline for this cliché short story competition

I’ve just heard from the organisors of The Stringybark Dog Eat Dog Short Story Award 2017, an Australian competition that welcomes international entries. They are looking for stories that have … Continue reading

June 12, 2017 · 8 Comments

Mary Wollstonecraft on Imagination QUOTES FOR WRITERS (and people who like quotes)

The imagination is the true fire, stolen from heaven, to animate this cold creature of clay, producing all those fine sympathies that lead to rapture, rendering men social by expanding their … Continue reading

June 11, 2017 · 9 Comments

A moody Gothic house by moonlight…forget the election results and get stuck in…ART FOR WRITERS

If you live in the UK then yesterday was the day that decided our tomorrows…whatever you feel about the result, put it to one side for half an hour or … Continue reading

June 9, 2017 · 5 Comments

Join me on a life writing course in July

I’m back on Brighton beach again, teaching in a wonderful art gallery with a great atmosphere. This time I’m running a life writing course that starts on Monday July 3rd. … Continue reading

June 7, 2017 · 2 Comments

Stephen King on timid writers and timid lovers QUOTES FOR WRITERS (and people who like quotes)

Timid writers like passive verbs for the same reason that timid lovers like passive partners. The passive voice is safe. The timid fellow writes “The meeting will be held at … Continue reading

June 4, 2017 · 4 Comments

What stories are told over the washing…ART FOR WRITERS

….or confidences exchanged over the washing up… When I was younger I resented the women being ‘banished’ to the kitchen at family gatherings, tied to the drudgery of clearing up … Continue reading

June 2, 2017 · 5 Comments

Nine year old becomes one of the UK’s youngest published authors

London schoolgirl Isabel Harris has become one of the UK’s youngest published authors after winning a nationwide competition to write a picture book about animals. Book People’s Bedtime Story competition … Continue reading

May 29, 2017 · 3 Comments

What storytellers can do – Erin Morgenstern QUOTES FOR WRITERS (and people who like quotes)

You may tell a tale that takes up residence in someone’s soul, becomes their blood and self and purpose. That tale will move them and drive them and who knows … Continue reading

May 28, 2017 · 11 Comments