BRIDGET WHELAN writer

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So, the theory is that I don’t HAVE to read anything ever again…because I’m going to die

Over at Literary Hub, Emily Temple has worked out how many books you are likely to read before you die – combining life expectancy tables and working on the basis … Continue reading

April 24, 2017 · 10 Comments

Grief, Ignorance and Slowly becoming a Writer – Viet Thanh Nguyen QUOTES FOR WRITERS (and people who like quotes)

…I learned about grief as I worked on that damned short story collection. I did not know what I was doing, and what I also did not know, facing my … Continue reading

April 23, 2017 · 2 Comments

Looking at yourself – Inspiring Art for Writers

I hadn’t heard of Joan Semmel before I came across this painting and I can’t help feeling that is a failing on my part. Wikipedia tells me she is an … Continue reading

April 21, 2017 · 10 Comments

Write on Brighton Beach – my confidence-boosting 4 week course

When I say on I don’t mean we will be sitting on fat sand (ok, pebbles) or deckchairs. We will be in a small, but perfectly formed, gallery facing out … Continue reading

April 14, 2017 · 10 Comments

The Difference between a novelist and a writer of picture books…Quotes for Writers (and people who like quotes)

If you are a novelist, I think you start out with a 20 word idea, and you work at it and you wind up with a 200,000 word novel. We, … Continue reading

April 9, 2017 · 3 Comments

The Baileys Prize Shortlist – who the authors are and where they’ve come from…

The Baileys Women’s Prize for Fiction shortlist of six – announced this week –  come from three continents, four countries and five publishers. Here they are (and Granta must be feeling … Continue reading

April 8, 2017 · 1 Comment

Creative Changes – Inspiring art for Writers

Two pictures for the price of one this week – both by the same man, Victor Pasmore; both representing very different ways of seeing. The one above is called Irish … Continue reading

April 7, 2017 · 1 Comment

Win Your Way to the Oldest Residential Writers’ School in the World*

Swanwick Writers’ Summer School will be celebrating its 69th anniversary at The Hayes Conference Centre, Derbyshire in August. You can win a free place** by entering the Swanwick writing competition for: … Continue reading

April 5, 2017 · 6 Comments

Painting with light – inspiring art for writers

This is a little different. The Finnish artist Karri Kola uses light as her medium. This installation “Nordic Elements” was on show at Lumina Light Festival in 2014  in Cascais … Continue reading

March 31, 2017 · 4 Comments

Never write down to children – E.B. White author of Charlotte’s Web QUOTES FOR WRITERS

Anyone who writes down to children is simply wasting his time. You have to write up, not down. Children are demanding. They are the most attentive, curious, eager, observant, sensitive, … Continue reading

March 26, 2017 · 5 Comments

Wild seas cooking up a storm – Inspiring Pictures for Writers

Three young women, a blond, a brunette and a red head, dance and make music and sip tea in the long grass while a storm spins the sea into a … Continue reading

March 24, 2017 · 4 Comments

Help! I’m looking for a writing group somewhere in France that wrote to me…

I have a ton of reasons why I didn’t respond immediately. The organiser of the English-speaking, English-writing group dropped me a line sometime around December 5th – 8th. I can … Continue reading

March 20, 2017 · 7 Comments

Love the reader, says Ellen Gilchrist QUOTES FOR WRITERS (and people who like quotes)

How often I have tried to tell writing students that the first thing a writer must do is love the reader and wish the reader well. The writer must trust … Continue reading

March 19, 2017 · Leave a comment

Sexual harassment depicted by a 17th century woman artist — inspiring paintings for writers

I found this painting because I follow @womtureensart1 on twitter. Every day I meet new artists and discover new paintings, sculpture, photographs. Go follow – it’s a breath of fresh … Continue reading

March 17, 2017 · 4 Comments