BRIDGET WHELAN writer

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Make a beeline for this cliché short story competition

I’ve just heard from the organisors of The Stringybark Dog Eat Dog Short Story Award 2017, an Australian competition that welcomes international entries. They are looking for stories that have … Continue reading

June 12, 2017 · 8 Comments

Mary Wollstonecraft on Imagination QUOTES FOR WRITERS (and people who like quotes)

The imagination is the true fire, stolen from heaven, to animate this cold creature of clay, producing all those fine sympathies that lead to rapture, rendering men social by expanding their … Continue reading

June 11, 2017 · 9 Comments

A moody Gothic house by moonlight…forget the election results and get stuck in…ART FOR WRITERS

If you live in the UK then yesterday was the day that decided our tomorrows…whatever you feel about the result, put it to one side for half an hour or … Continue reading

June 9, 2017 · 5 Comments

Join me on a life writing course in July

I’m back on Brighton beach again, teaching in a wonderful art gallery with a great atmosphere. This time I’m running a life writing course that starts on Monday July 3rd. … Continue reading

June 7, 2017 · 2 Comments

Stephen King on timid writers and timid lovers QUOTES FOR WRITERS (and people who like quotes)

Timid writers like passive verbs for the same reason that timid lovers like passive partners. The passive voice is safe. The timid fellow writes “The meeting will be held at … Continue reading

June 4, 2017 · 4 Comments

What stories are told over the washing…ART FOR WRITERS

….or confidences exchanged over the washing up… When I was younger I resented the women being ‘banished’ to the kitchen at family gatherings, tied to the drudgery of clearing up … Continue reading

June 2, 2017 · 5 Comments

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