BRIDGET WHELAN writer

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Summer Sale! Creative Writing Guide only 99p/ 99 cent

Because the sun is shining. Because I haven’t had the central heating on for, oh, at least a week. Because the days are still growing longer (northern hemisphere only). Until … Continue reading

June 10, 2016 · Leave a comment

Why my new writing class is a drop-in

I’m confident that my new afternoon writing class will appeal to both those with experience looking for an opportunity to mix with others in a creative atmosphere and people who … Continue reading

April 23, 2016 · 6 Comments

Writing a chain story together – your turn

I’m not teaching at the moment – I said goodbye to the funny, talented and very creative class on Beach Hut Writing Academy’s course Write a Prize Winning Story last … Continue reading

November 9, 2015 · 30 Comments

In college, at work, retired? Remember you can always go Back to Creative Writing School

I had a lot of fun playing around with PHOTOFUNIA, an online picture editing tool that has just celebrated its eight birthday. It lets you produce imaginative and wish fulfilment … Continue reading

September 1, 2015 · 1 Comment

Writing Exercise from the archives: Historical Fiction

This is straightforward lucky dip. Choose two numbers – both have to be between one and ten. The first number gives you a personal event and the second a historical … Continue reading

August 25, 2015 · 2 Comments

Writing Exercise from the Archives: connect three pictures…and suddenly you have a story

Don’t censor yourself just write. Don’t cross out. Just write. Try to keep your hand moving across the page or the keyboard. A lot of what you are going to … Continue reading

August 22, 2015 · Leave a comment

Writing Exercise from the Archives BREAKFAST

Your subject — what you ate this morning. Compare it with other breakfasts you’ve known: childhood breakfasts, breakfasts with lovers, breakfasts with children, breakfasts in greasy spoon cafes, in chic … Continue reading

August 14, 2015 · 2 Comments

A simple writing exercise that packs a punch FROM THE ARCHIVES

I’m recovering from two total replacement knee operations and everything is going well. A bionic new me will be sashaying out in the summer, maybe even doing a bit of … Continue reading

February 6, 2015 · 7 Comments

Five Tips for writing flash fiction plus one inspirational exercise that will deliver a plot to your keyboard

I originally wrote this post for the Hysterectomy Association when I was writer in residence of their annual writing competition earlier this year. Flash Fiction goes by many names: micro … Continue reading

November 3, 2014 · 6 Comments

An exercise from BACK TO CREATIVE WRITING SCHOOL

THE BLUE MAN OPENED HIS EYES AND SAID….  I took the photograph in Mill Cove House in Castletownbere, West Cork in 2010. The art gallery and cafe are surrounded by … Continue reading

December 5, 2013 · Leave a comment

The last ever Monday creative writing exercise. WHAT’S THE WORST THAT COULD HAPPEN?

This is the very last Monday creative writing exercise so I thought I’d go out with a smile. (I’ll explain why I’m dropping this feature in another post today .) … Continue reading

October 7, 2013 · 5 Comments

Monday creative writing exercise because it’s a good way to start the week. And here’s a story starter…

This week it’s a very short exercise but a goody! Don’t ask why it’s so short and late…Oh, go on, do. My new shiny BIG pc is doing everything brilliantly … Continue reading

September 30, 2013 · 2 Comments

Monday creative writing exercise because it’s a good way to start the week. Link the three pictures….because there’s a story to tell

Don’t censor yourself just write. Don’t cross out. Just write. Try to keep your hand moving across the page or the keyboard. A lot of what you are going to … Continue reading

September 9, 2013 · 1 Comment

CREATIVE WRITING EXERCISE looking back at the most popular

As it has been a year since I started this blog I’m going to look at some of the posts I’ve written over the last 12 months and here is … Continue reading

August 26, 2013 · Leave a comment