BRIDGET WHELAN writer

August is archive month. Posts from the past

A shed load of writing competitions – all ending on New Year’s Eve

2017 Ernest Hemingway Prize for Flash Ficton Genre: Fiction up to 1500 words Prize: $200 and publication in Fiction Southeast Deadline: December 31, 2017 The Magic Oxygen Literary Prize Genre: Short … Continue reading

December 18, 2017 · 2 Comments

…how to choose the form your story will take…Doris Lessing QUOTES FOR WRITERS (and people who like quotes)

I see every book as a problem that you have to solve. That is what dictates the form you use. It’s not that you say, ‘I want to write a … Continue reading

December 17, 2017 · 7 Comments

Learning from the rich imagery of surrealism…Remedios Varo ART FOR WRITERS

This extraordinary painting is by the Catalan-Mexican surrealist painter Remedios Varo. It was completed in 1955 and called ‘Sympathy’ (originally the Madness of the cat). “I do not wish to … Continue reading

December 15, 2017 · Leave a comment

WRITE BY THE BEACH – the Brighton Writing Conference is back in 2018

And tickets are selling faster than ever before… I am so proud to be associated with such an inspiring event.  It’s inspiring to meet and learn from so many great … Continue reading

December 13, 2017 · Leave a comment

…be your most powerful self…Laini Taylor QUOTES FOR WRITERS (and people who like quotes)

Be an unstoppable force. Write with an imaginary machete strapped to your thigh. This is not wishy-washy, polite, drinking-tea-with-your-pinkie-sticking-out stuff. It’s who you want to be, your most powerful self. … Continue reading

December 10, 2017 · 11 Comments

Cezanne and the creative arts…ART FOR WRITERS

I’m not going to write about what Paul Cezanne did  with paint or his enormous influence on art because I know a lot of people reading this will have much … Continue reading

December 8, 2017 · 7 Comments

Win a writing competition that offers a complete publishing package as first prize

Writing Magazine has teamed up with Lulu.com and Authoright to offer their competition winner a complete publishing package, including marketing and PR They are looking for a previously unpublished novel … Continue reading

December 6, 2017 · 4 Comments

“…to express myself with words that you can chew…” Dario Fo QUOTES FOR WRITERS (and people who like quotes)

It is from Beolco Ruzzante that I’ve learned to free myself from conventional literary writing and to express myself with words that you can chew, with unusual sounds, with various … Continue reading

December 3, 2017 · Leave a comment

SAVE! £1 (and 1$ and 1 euro) off Back to Creative Writing School — one week only

My writing guide currently has 118 reviews on Amazon.UK and 25 on Amazon US (and I’ve just discovered that there are reviews on most European sites as well as Canada … Continue reading

December 2, 2017 · Leave a comment

It’s all about your point of view…ART FOR WRITERS

This magnificent portrait is a linocut print made by Elizabeth Catlett in 1952. The Title is The Sharecropper. The halo created by the brim of the sharecropper’s sun hat, and … Continue reading

December 1, 2017 · 3 Comments

The next issue of my creative writing email newsletter is out soon. Would you like a copy?

It only comes out a couple of times a year so it won’t clog up your mailbox. The next issue will contain new writing exercises I haven’t published before, news … Continue reading

November 27, 2017 · 5 Comments

…Picnic baskets and modern art…Tom Stoppard QUOTES FOR WRITERS (and people who like quotes)

Skill without imagination is craftsmanship and gives us many useful objects such as wickerwork picnic baskets. Imagination without skill gives us modern art. Tom Stoppard

November 26, 2017 · Leave a comment

See the music, feel the rhythm…ART FOR WRITERS

  This linocut by the English artist Cyril Power is full of music and rhythm. It was made in the early 1930s and shows just what you can do with … Continue reading

November 24, 2017 · Leave a comment

…pain, loss, regret – the stuff of drama Harold Pinter QUOTES FOR WRITERS (and people who like quotes)

I think plays have nothing to do with one’s own personal life. Not in my experience, anyway. The stuff of drama has to do, not with your subject matter, anyway, … Continue reading

November 19, 2017 · 2 Comments