for writers and readers….

TWO international non fiction writing competitions

The Financial Times and Bodley Head have launched an international essay writing competition for young writers. (I admit that I’ve got to the stage where 35 and below looks young.) … Continue reading

September 30, 2012 · Leave a comment

What you should be reading if you want to write (answer: anything)

Last Saturday (September 22nd 2012) The Guardian devoted a long feature to the art of creative non fiction, canvassing the opinion of many writers who have made their mark in … Continue reading

September 25, 2012 · Leave a comment

Scriptwriting can help solve plot problems in your novel and short story

Different writing disciplines aren’t locked into tight compartments. If you’re writing a novel I think it helps to read poetry for the richness of the language and the way it … Continue reading

September 21, 2012 · 4 Comments

How to get struck by lightning and get a free ebook

My local branch of the Society of Authors just sent me through details of an interesting talk I couldn’t get to; included in the notes was this brilliant quote  “You … Continue reading

September 20, 2012 · Leave a comment

Mass Market writing opportunity – especially if you want to release your own 50 Shades of Grey…

If you are interested in writing for women’s magazines WOMAGWRITER’S BLOG is a must read. It’s generous in its advice and up to date in the information it gives (as … Continue reading

September 20, 2012 · Leave a comment

The importance of adult education: “It is never too late to be what you might have been” – George Eliot

I BELIEVE passionately that the classroom can be a gateway to the things in life that give it meaning and depth and balance. When I say classroom I’m thinking of … Continue reading

September 8, 2012 · Leave a comment

Free ebooks to download from two bestselling authors

You wait for one to come along and then… Two Brighton based authors embark on two very different train journeys. We can  read the stories that emerged from their travels … Continue reading

September 6, 2012 · Leave a comment

Why you hate twitter – still time to enter this free competition

Words with Jam are giving away three mugs (who said you were going to get rich as a writer). All you have to do is tell in exactly 140 characters … Continue reading

September 5, 2012 · Leave a comment

50 Shades a Self-Publishing Success Story? I Don’t Think So

Random House have just announced a massive increase in profits for the first half of 2012 – over 20% – and a lot of those percentage points are down to … Continue reading

September 3, 2012 · Leave a comment

CREATIVE WRITING EXERCISE long and short sentences

When I’m teaching I often use this exercise in the first week of term and I thought others might like to try it. Varying the length of a sentence is … Continue reading

September 1, 2012 · 3 Comments

How to beat writer’s block

DARK MATERIALS author Philip isn’t very sympathetic to writer’s block. He argues that we never hear of carpenter’s block or bus driver’s block and writer’s block would disappear overnight if … Continue reading

September 1, 2012 · Leave a comment