BRIDGET WHELAN writer

for writers and readers….

START THE WEEK with a creative writing exercise and your main character is drunk…

Write two versions of the same scene. The setting is a work place and the main character is someone who turns up very, very drunk. First version: write in the … Continue reading

May 25, 2020 · Leave a comment

Written a short story on the theme of solitude?

Indy publishers Everything With Words are publishing a book of short stories in spring 2021 on the theme of solitude.Submissions should be between 2,000 and 6,000 words long. There is … Continue reading

May 20, 2020 · Leave a comment

START THE WEEK with a Creative Writing Exercise

A very straightforward creative writing exercise …all you have to do is write and keep on writing until you’ve managed to incorporate all the words on the scrabble board. To … Continue reading

May 18, 2020 · 2 Comments

Lockdown Writing Competition…think short, short, short

The wonderful people at Fish Publishing – who organise some of the best international writing competitions – have come up with a project that tries to capture the strange times … Continue reading

April 20, 2020 · Leave a comment

An exercise that can help you travel back in time – sensory description in memoir writing

Good writing is supposed to evoke sensation in the reader—not the fact that it is raining, but the feeling of being rained upon – E.L. Doctorow Adapted from Back to … Continue reading

April 8, 2020 · 2 Comments

Opening Lines – A Writing Exercise

I’m going to post writing exercises at regular intervals because I’m convinced that writing can help if you’re worried and under stress….and right now that describes most of us. The … Continue reading

March 20, 2020 · Leave a comment

Being Creative in the time of Corona

I haven’t yet spent a whole 24 hours without seeing someone I care about, but I will if not today, (I’m expecting a supply of Earl Grey tea via my … Continue reading

March 18, 2020 · 4 Comments

My New Year present… a link to a short story that might just change the way you write or what you want to write about.

Ok, the statements in the heading of this post are so sweeping they could clean your whole house. And you’ve probably instinctively flinched because who likes to be told how … Continue reading

January 1, 2020 · 9 Comments

Writing Workshop with a Bestselling Novelist – it’s a Brighton experience like no other

Running workshops with a bestselling novelist in her Brighton home was an experiment. I’ve known Sarah Rayner for years as an inspirational novelist who writes about serious subjects – bereavement, … Continue reading

August 20, 2019 · Leave a comment

Saturday Afternoon Writing Workshop with lunch (and early bookers get a free copy of my writing guide)

This is a first. I’ve taught in all kinds of places: art galleries and university lecture theatres, under a Mediterranean sun and in cold church halls, but never before in … Continue reading

June 14, 2019 · Leave a comment

How to use Shakespeare in the office

A video guide to using the best Shakespearean insults in the office…because you never know when you might need one.

May 28, 2019 · Leave a comment

Go behind the scenes of BBC Radio 4 with a screenwriter and a producer

You’re invited to a SUNDAY SALON at an extraordinary venue in the heart of Hove. It is a place to connect, share ideas and ASK QUESTIONS over tea and cake. … Continue reading

April 5, 2019 · Leave a comment

A blatant plug for a facebook page

I don’t often mention my facebook page Back to Creative Writing School but I realised that perhaps I should when a loyal follower of this blog contacted me in dismay … Continue reading

March 8, 2019 · 3 Comments

Come on an Alternative Valentine Writing and Creative Workshop

In time for Valentine’s Day learn how to create your own love story with words and images using the Regency Town House in Hove as a springboard into historical fiction. … Continue reading

January 11, 2019 · Leave a comment