for writers and readers….

Announcing the birth of something completely different in creative writing…

I’ve taught writing in art galleries and museums, draughty church halls and university lecture theatres. I’ve met some amazing people and I’m proud to say that I am still in … Continue reading

September 3, 2015 · 4 Comments

FREE WORLDWIDE — popular creative writing ebook: offer ends Sunday July 5th

From today until Sunday July 5th BACK TO CREATIVE WRITING SCHOOL is free to download from Amazon. Thirty exercises to set your imagination free and it won’t cost you a … Continue reading

July 1, 2015 · 8 Comments

OUT NOW! The latest edition of my Creative Writing Newsletter. Sign up and win a free paperback copy of Back to Creative Writing School

Edition number five of my creative writing newsletter has just gone out. It contains details of submission and competition opportunities (plays, poetry, short stories and novels) that haven’t yet appeared … Continue reading

June 14, 2015 · Leave a comment

Roll Up! Roll up! Creative Writing Newsletter out today

 I will be sending out edition number four of my creative writing newsletter later today. It will contain details of submission and competition opportunities that haven’t yet appeared on this … Continue reading

April 2, 2015 · 2 Comments

Can writing be taught? And what do writing teachers teach?

Originally posted on Nail Your Novel:
The other night I was watching The Rewrite, in which a Hollywood scriptwriter reluctantly becomes a writing teacher. In the early part of the…

February 23, 2015 · 5 Comments

What you should do tonight….no, not that

Watching England play in a crucial match is not good for anyone… Not good at all…. This, on the other hand, might well be… WATERSTONE’S BRIGHTON Thursday, 19 June 2014, … Continue reading

June 19, 2014 · Leave a comment

Steinbeck on how to write even when you know you can’t. Quotes for writers (and people who like quotes)

“When I face the desolate impossibility of writing five hundred pages, a sick sense of failure falls on me, and I know I can never do it. Then gradually, I … Continue reading

January 19, 2014 · 1 Comment

We won a gold star! We won a gold star! (Well, not me exactly…)

Joel Friedlander’s popular blog The Book Designer guides thousand of authors through the publishing process. I’ve been following it for awhile – it’s a very good read – and submitted … Continue reading

December 16, 2013 · 4 Comments


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


Phew! The 24 hour sale started a bit late but it is now up on Amazon so please do take advantage of it. I would be very grateful if you … Continue reading

December 2, 2013 · 4 Comments

For 24 hours only BACK TO CREATIVE WRITING SCHOOL will be free

Next Monday December 2nd my new ebook is free to download.* Word of mouth still sells more books than anything else which I find heartening, but before someone can recommend … Continue reading

November 29, 2013 · 4 Comments

How to make a tired woman very happy…

Two very nice things happened at the end of a long day. First a five star* review of BACK TO CREATIVE WRITING SCHOOL from a creative writing lecturer who wrote … Continue reading

November 21, 2013 · 10 Comments


30 exercises 33,000 words An ebook you can download to your phone, your Ipad, your laptop, your PC…using this free app from Amazon HERE (and it is a doddle to … Continue reading

November 10, 2013 · 15 Comments

The last place you may want to read my kindle ebook is on a kindle

Back to CREATIVE WRITING School was launched as a Kindle ebook at the beginning of November, but you don’t need a Kindle to read it. You can download a free … Continue reading

November 8, 2013 · 4 Comments