for writers and readers….

A Not Very Serious Exercise: an extract from Back to Creative Writing School

Far better to write twaddle or anything, anything, than nothing at all –  Katherine Mansfield EVERY SATURDAY for the month of January I’m sharing exercises from my popular writing guide Back … Continue reading

January 16, 2021 · Leave a comment

Write What You Love – Could you Create A Feel-Good Christmas Romance for next year?

Novel Writing Competition from a major publisher and right now all they want is a fabulous idea and 1000 words… Penguin Michael Joseph are offering one unpublished writer – currently … Continue reading

January 14, 2021 · Leave a comment

BRIGHTON’S REGENCY HOUSEKEEPER says NO to two readers (perhaps it’s the mood she’s in)

This week Mrs Finnegan, housekeeper at The Regency Town House and agony aunt to the masses, replies to a poet and an over eager dancer. She also finds solace in housework … Continue reading

January 12, 2021 · Leave a comment

“You are most alive…in childhood” Edna O’Brien QUOTES FOR WRITERS

I am obsessive, also I am industrious. Besides, the time when you are most alive and most aware is in childhood and one is trying to recapture that heightened awareness.Edna … Continue reading

January 10, 2021 · Leave a comment

A Cliché Killing Writing Exercise: an extract from BACK TO CREATIVE WRITING SCHOOL

EVERY SATURDAY for the month of January I’m going to share some exercises from my popular writing guide Back To Creative Writing School – I want it to be a creative kickstart … Continue reading

January 9, 2021 · 2 Comments

BRIGHTON’S REGENCY HOUSEKEEPER flies in the face of CONVENTION when it comes to MARMALADE (and other important matters)

Mrs Finnegan, housekeeper of The Regency Town House and advice giver to multitudes,  does not actually court controversary, but does ask it to wipe its feet and sit down. BREAKFAST is … Continue reading

January 5, 2021 · 2 Comments

What poets do…Laura Riding’s advice to a child QUOTES FOR WRITERS

A person might be able to make poems but be unable to make chairs, not because she could only make poems, but because it didn’t happen to her to make … Continue reading

January 3, 2021 · 2 Comments

Description Writing Exercise: an extract from BACK TO CREATIVE WRITING SCHOOL

EVERY SATURDAY for the month of January I’m going to share some exercises from my popular writing guide Back To Creative Writing School – I want it to be a … Continue reading

January 2, 2021 · 2 Comments

The Brighton Regency Housekeeper’s Christmas Diary

Mrs Finnegan, housekeeper of The Regency Town House, announces that this is not the Post Christmas message she intended to write. But then she didn’t have the kind of Christmas she expected … Continue reading

December 29, 2020 · 1 Comment

It all depends on how you do it…says Julian Barnes QUOTES FOR WRITERS

Everything in art depends on execution: the story of a louse can be as beautiful as the story of Alexander. You must write according to your feelings, be sure those … Continue reading

December 27, 2020 · Leave a comment

Ever thought about writing commercial fiction? A free competition for unpublished writers of colour

THIS IS EXCITING – a potentially life-changing competition exclusively for un-agented, unpublished writers of colour. The winner will receive a two-book publishing contract from Avon with an advance against royalties … Continue reading

December 26, 2020 · 4 Comments

A Cheated Wife gets No Sympathy from the Brighton Regency Housekeeper (who happens to be in a very good mood)

Mrs Finnegan, housekeeper of The Regency Town House, knows that there is a time to laugh and a time to cry and a TIME TO PACK FOR YOUR HOLIDAYS so only one … Continue reading

December 22, 2020 · Leave a comment

…in continual triumph and defeat, in the present, alive…poet Muriel Rukeyser’s celebration of life QUOTES FOR WRITERS

Whatever has happened, whatever is going to happen in the world, it is the living moment that contains the sum of the excitement, this moment in which we touch life … Continue reading

December 20, 2020 · Leave a comment

Monthly Competition for Playwrights

The Painkiller Project is a monthly playwriting competition supported by Arts Council England. Every month two plays are awarded £150. ​The two winning plays are released fortnightly as audio podcasts (available here). … Continue reading

December 19, 2020 · 2 Comments