for writers and readers….

Safari Friday searching the web for writers and readers — a writing group with a difference

By chance I’ve just come across a Writers Group that meets about a quarter of a mile from where I live in a very nice pub (Brighton is blessed with … Continue reading

November 1, 2013 · 2 Comments


I’m very excited about the cover. I think the designer did a brilliant job. I’m very excited that it will be out in a couple of weeks – publication date … Continue reading

October 19, 2013 · 6 Comments

READING LIKE A WRITER – how did they do that?

This is part of my new look Mondays. For about a year I have posted creative writing exercises at the start of the week (you can find a small selection … Continue reading

October 14, 2013 · Leave a comment

Changes….number one

I’m making a couple of changes around here, dusting a few corners, tweaking a few curtains. First thing to go is is my regular Monday morning creative writing slot, not … Continue reading

October 8, 2013 · 3 Comments

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

I haven’t been hiding, honest. First the good news and then the bad…

You probably haven’t noticed but I’ve been a bit quiet lately and missed some scheduled posts – in particular last Monday’s creative writing exercise. That wasn’t intentional but a few … Continue reading

September 28, 2013 · 17 Comments

Monday creative writing exercise because it’s a good way to start the week. Character study

You are in some kind of a waiting room: the accident and emergency department of a hospital, attending a job interview, waiting to be interviewed by the police after witnessing … Continue reading

September 16, 2013 · Leave a comment

Ten good reasons to study creative writing …. some might surprise you

1) It’s a vocational subject. In every job and area of life it’s valuable to be able communicate as clearly and effectively as possible. 2) It could help you get … Continue reading

August 22, 2013 · 12 Comments

Monday creative writing exercise because it’s a good way to start the week ……Scrabble Scramble

A very straightforward creative writing exercise today…all you have to do is write and keep on writing until you’ve managed to incorporate all the words on the scrabble board. (Did … Continue reading

August 19, 2013 · 2 Comments

Come Write With Me — an invitation from Victoria Bantock

I’m handing over my blog today to Victoria so she can tell you about her new venture – The Creative Life Project.  We first met in a classroom (where I … Continue reading

August 7, 2013 · Leave a comment

Monday Creative Writing Exercise because it’s a good way to start the week: photograph writing prompt

  They’re coming! The words rippled through the group like a chemical high. They’re coming!  Only Emma wondered what that really meant…. Over to you….. Photo credit:  

August 5, 2013 · Leave a comment

Monday Creative Writing Exercise because it’s a good way to start the week: ROMANCE

This is a lucky dip romance…. Pick your numbers and you’ll have your characters, what brings them together and what keeps them apart. All you have to do is write…but … Continue reading

June 24, 2013 · Leave a comment

W is for Writing Workshops

The case against  Author and editor Louis Menand writing in the New Yorker in 2009 was deeply skeptical about the traditional workshop method. “Creative-writing programs are designed on the theory … Continue reading

April 26, 2013 · 2 Comments

Coming soon to a school near you: CREATIVE WRITING A LEVEL

At last creative writing is recognised as a serious subject, not as a bit of time wasting frippery… The ability to use language as an effective tool is an important … Continue reading

March 19, 2013 · 5 Comments