BRIDGET WHELAN writer

August is archive month. Posts from the past

A writer shouldn’t know what he is talking about…Grace Paley QUOTES FOR WRITERS (and people who like quotes)

One of the reasons writers are so much more interested in life than others who just go on living all the time is that what the writer doesn’t understand the … Continue reading

September 24, 2017 · Leave a comment

Auden on the silly question a writer is always asked…. QUOTES FOR WRITERS (and people who like quotes)

A writer … is always being asked by people who should know better: “Whom do you write for?” The question is, of course, a silly one, but I can give … Continue reading

September 17, 2017 · 4 Comments

Being blown away…ART FOR WRITERS

This sculpture is made from found bits and pieces of scrap metal and part of Penny Hardy’s Blown Away series. It’s vital, full of energy and hope. There’s a totally … Continue reading

September 15, 2017 · 2 Comments

Memory isn’t a storage room or a tool…QUOTES FOR WRITERS (and people who like quotes)

Is memory produced by us, or is it us? Our identity is very likely whatever our memory decides to retain. But let’s not presume that memory is a storage room. … Continue reading

September 10, 2017 · Leave a comment

Fill that notebook! A confidence-building class for writers with experience AND absolute beginners.

The basics: Friday morning in Brighton in a studio facing the sea for four weeks starting on September 29. 10.30am until 12.30 What: A small-in-numbers, big-in-ideas class with plenty of … Continue reading

September 9, 2017 · 2 Comments

Celebrating the small moments – ART FOR WRITERS

I want to celebrate the small moments we all tend to overlook. They’re the really important things… Anita Klein Anita creates feel-good pictures and prints. Born in Sydney, Australia in … Continue reading

September 8, 2017 · Leave a comment

American literary journal offers an international fellowship to flash fiction writers

SmokeLong Quarterly is inviting applications for the 2018 Kathy Fish Fellowship. SmokeLong Quarterly celebrates its 14th birthday this year with the aim of publishing the best flash fiction on the … Continue reading

September 4, 2017 · Leave a comment

“Poetry is part of everything… ” QUOTES FOR WRITERS (and people who like quotes)

Poetry is part of everything. You can’t have a really good work if it’s not touched by poetry. Poetry manifests itself in millions of ways: as rhythm, metaphor, mood. Sometimes … Continue reading

September 3, 2017 · 1 Comment

Do you know someone starting school next week?

Starting school is  probably one of the biggest changes we have to deal with and it’s not just about getting used to new routines, people and surroundings (although at five … Continue reading

September 2, 2017 · Leave a comment

The stories that we can’t always read…Art for Writers

First of September and for many it’s the start of something  – a new academic year, a new life,  new season in the garden – and a stepping away from … Continue reading

September 1, 2017 · 2 Comments

Why we bother with words… the last item from the archive

I’ve discovered that three main theories attempt to explain why language developed. Supporters of the BOW-WOW theory are convinced that humans first began to communicate by imitating the sound of … Continue reading

August 31, 2017 · Leave a comment

Literary Names (and the seductive qualities of research) Writing article number 7 from the archives

This post is really about the dangers of being seduced by research. It all started with a tiny snippet of irrelevant information on twitter telling me that a popular girl’s … Continue reading

August 29, 2017 · 11 Comments

Unreliable Narrators Writing Article Number 6 from the Archive

As readers we tend to be on the side of the narrator. We trust what he or she  says – we have no one else to tell us what happened … Continue reading

August 28, 2017 · Leave a comment

RHYTHM IN PROSE Writing Article Number 5 from the Archive

Rhythm isn’t the sole preserve of poets or musicians – prose writers can also be lyrical if we write with our ear as well as our hand. This short passage … Continue reading

August 27, 2017 · Leave a comment