for writers and readers….

Write a chilling ghost story…international competition and publishing opportunity

The Fiction Desk publish an anthology series dedicated to new short fiction, with volumes published in January, May and September. Individual books are available for £9.99, either from their website … Continue reading

January 30, 2015 · 4 Comments

Create New Myths — Write for a London Literary Mag

LITRO started life as a free print pamphlet featuring just one short story. It then became a pocket-sized monthly magazine—still free—with a handful of short stories and the occasional spot … Continue reading

January 28, 2015 · 9 Comments

2014 – A Year of Literary Rejection

Originally posted on erinnamettler:
Last New Year I posted a piece about my plans to submit writing to every possible publishing opportunity. I said I was going to organise my…

January 27, 2015 · 2 Comments

Enough Already…Well-Loved Literary Clichés

 Joanne Harris, author of fourteen novels including Chocolat, has put together ten of  her favourites literary clichés. They include: The protagonist who describes herself whilst standing in front of the … Continue reading

January 26, 2015 · 4 Comments

Music and narrative in Flash Fiction – TANIA HERSHMAN Quotes for writers (and people who like quotes)

(Flash fiction) is a form that balances on the flimsy boundary between short story and poem. For me, a flash story must feel like it is on the side of … Continue reading

January 25, 2015 · 1 Comment

Glastonbury wants poets and spoken word performers…

I love doing live readings…would that count, do you think? And would my sons  at last recognise that I am, after all, seriously cool? * Glastonbury’s Poetry & Words area … Continue reading

January 23, 2015 · 1 Comment

My Six Favourite Literary Insults

It’s not all elegant sentences and good taste in the literary world…sometimes words can wound and sometimes they can bite back… Mark Twain on Jane Austen I haven’t any right to … Continue reading

January 21, 2015 · 21 Comments

A Writing Course that goes behind the scenes at the museum

Today I’ve invited Dominique De-Light to take over my blog. Dominique is founder and director of CREATIVE FUTURE, an inspirational organisation that works across the South East and nationally, supporting … Continue reading

January 19, 2015 · 11 Comments

Roddy Doyle on why writers need to be flexible – Quotes for Writers (and people who like quotes)

Do change your mind. Good ideas are often murdered by better ones. I was working on a novel about a band called The Partitions. Then I decided to call them … Continue reading

January 18, 2015 · 2 Comments

Ask For Evidence

The Wellcome Trust has launched a new website that lets us ask for proof about the claims that companies make – some are valid some are flights of imagination: Ask … Continue reading

January 16, 2015 · 2 Comments

It’s official – the creative industries earn £146,000 every single minute for the UK economy

New figures published yesterday – January 13th –  reveal that the Creative Industries are now worth £76.9 billlion per year to the UK economy – an all-time high. That figure … Continue reading

January 14, 2015 · Leave a comment

DID YOU KNOW…nope can be a verb, an adjective and a noun…

…and lots of other things, especially when used online. I discovered the flexibility of this term when reading Sentence First, the blog of an Irish scientist and linguist who has … Continue reading

January 12, 2015 · 4 Comments

Why poetry is essential – Audre Lorde Quotes for Writers (and people who like quotes)

Poetry forms the quality of light within which we predicate our hopes and dreams toward survival and change, first made into language, then into idea, then into more tangible action … Continue reading

January 11, 2015 · Leave a comment

Would you fail this writing exercise?

What do you think of these opening lines…do they entice you to read on and find out more? Councillor Brown was on time for the meeting to talk about installing … Continue reading

January 9, 2015 · 2 Comments