BRIDGET WHELAN writer

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Ghost short story workshop sold out in 24 hours…so we added a new date

Feel a bit flabbergasted about how quickly our Ghost Short Story workshop at the Regency Town House in Hove sold out (but quietly delighted that I found a reason to … Continue reading

September 2, 2018 · Leave a comment

Is There Anyone There? Tickets now available for the Ghost Short Story workshop at Regency Town House

Booking has just opened for the three hour workshop I am running on with artist and printmaker Jill Vigus. IS THERE ANYONE THERE? Ghost Story  Writing Workshop Saturday October 6 … Continue reading

August 30, 2018 · Leave a comment

Coming soon…a Ghost Story workshop on how to chill readers to the bone but what to call it…?

In a Regency town house rich in history and atmosphere I will be running a ghost story workshop with artist and printmaker Jill Vigis this October.  After a private and … Continue reading

August 25, 2018 · Leave a comment

FIND YOUR NEXT STORY TITLE HERE…You’re busy…you know you shouldn’t but sometimes you just have to…

I gave into tempation so – without a shred of shame – here is the link to a random book title generator on the Reedsy website. You’ve been warned. If … Continue reading

July 24, 2018 · 10 Comments

People like you never get published? A major literary agency is trying to do something about it…

Literary agency David Higham Associates is to host an open day for writers who don’t have an an agent and come from underrepresented backgrounds – that includes LGBTQ+ writers, BAME, … Continue reading

July 6, 2018 · 4 Comments

How do I win the battle of the keyboard? Advice from cat-owning writers needed

Murphy is my new flatmate and we get on very well but one for thing…he thinks the keyboard is his natural home. It is a place to stretch and show  … Continue reading

March 28, 2018 · 28 Comments

Let’s write a chain story – your turn

Haven’t done this in ages, but I’m hoping this will be a good start to the week. The rules are simple: the story starts with my opening below. You fill … Continue reading

January 15, 2018 · 12 Comments

Can you write funny? BBC Radio is looking for new comedy talent

BBC Radio 4 have commissioned a sketch show for aspiring comedy writers. The focuss  is on smart and funny observations around diversity and multiculturalism. This is a UK-wide opportunity for … Continue reading

December 26, 2017 · 8 Comments

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

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

FLASHBACKS Writing Article Number 4 from the Archive

Flashbacks in literature are scenes within the chronological narrative that reveal events  before the story began. In a novel the ‘now’ of the story might be about two old friends … Continue reading

August 26, 2017 · Leave a comment