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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

The sun isn’t always kind and white isn’t always bright….Art for Writers

White trees and white buildings connected by white walkways…but the affect is anything but light, bright or uplifting. This is the white of bone and dead things. What we are … Continue reading

May 26, 2017 · 4 Comments

Peter Carey on writing dialogue – you have to dig for the meaning. QUOTES FOR WRITERS (and people who like quotes)

The declared meaning of a spoken sentence is only its overcoat, and the real meaning lies underneath its scarves and buttons. Peter Carey

May 21, 2017 · 2 Comments

Some times you tell a story through the things you leave out…ART FOR WRITERS

This painting is called Race You to the Bottom and was created sometime in the late 1990s I imagine, or even more recently, because the artist was born in Newcastle-Upon-Tyne … Continue reading

May 19, 2017 · 2 Comments

Read HILLS LIKE WHITE ELEPHANTS if you’re coming to my new writing course, or even if you aren’t…

I’ve handed out copies of Hemingway’s famous short story to students I’ve met who are enrolling in my new course and I thought I should also mention it here. It … Continue reading

May 18, 2017 · 2 Comments

Write on Brighton Beach again – another course starts next Tuesday

Here are the details from a bijou art gallery a pebble’s throw from the sea. Swimming in Words invites you to join a 5* week writing course with acclaimed London-Irish … Continue reading

May 18, 2017 · 5 Comments

FIRST DRAFTS WRITING COMPETITION for unpublished novelists and short story writers

One of the best ways for new writers to get their work noticed is through entering competitions. Now in its eighth year, First Drafts is an annual event organised by … Continue reading

May 16, 2017 · Leave a comment

You need a motive to write & a bit of self-delusion…advice from a non-fiction author QUOTES FOR WRITERS (and people who like quotes)

Three guidelines from American non-fiction writer Michael Lewis It’s always good to have a motive to get you in the chair. If your motive is money, find another one. I … Continue reading

May 14, 2017 · 2 Comments

Moon Madness by Andrew Wyeth: art for writers

A painting by one of the most popular American artists of the 20th century,  Andrew Wyeth (1917 – 2009). A writing exercise linked to this painting has to be about … Continue reading

May 12, 2017 · 2 Comments

Write in South West France

Originally posted on AT A GENTLE PACE – Bridget Whelan's lifestyle travel blog:
Do you have a week spare at the end of May/beginning of June that you’d like…

May 8, 2017 · Leave a comment

Why there will always be books with cardboard covers and paper pages – Neil Gaiman QUOTES FOR WRITERS (and people who like quotes)

As Douglas Adams once pointed out to me, over twenty years before the Kindle showed up, a physical book is like a shark. Sharks are old: there were sharks in … Continue reading

May 7, 2017 · Leave a comment

Capturing a sense of character in the land and in the sea – Art for Writers

Looking at this wonderful seascape, I am reminded of the words of American novelist E.L. Doctorow: “Good writing is supposed to evoke sensation in the reader—not the fact that it … Continue reading

May 5, 2017 · 4 Comments