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Get writing, get reading, get involved in a creative community WHAT THE DICKENS MAGAZINE

What the Dickens? Magazine is aiming to promote, support and encourage creativity and the arts for both organisations and individuals. And there are now lots of opportunities to be part … Continue reading

February 7, 2013 · Leave a comment

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

Titles are hard to get right. The easy option is to go for a label – Sunday Afternoon, The Dream, A Walk in the Park and there are excellent precedents. … Continue reading

January 21, 2013 · 8 Comments

Writing for Children

The Frances Lincoln Diverse Voices Children’s Book Award is for a manuscript that celebrates cultural diversity in the widest possible sense, either in terms of its story or in terms … Continue reading

December 19, 2012 · 3 Comments

DID YOU KNOW that writing poetry can beat tranquillisers

A study conducted at the Bristol Royal Infirmary found that writing poetry can help  with the emotional pain of bereavement and assist some to stop taking anti-depressants or tranquillisers. Of … Continue reading

November 30, 2012 · 2 Comments

MONDAY CREATIVE WRITING EXERCISE because it’s a good way to start the week: finding your own words

 Edna O’ Brien writes prose as if she were a poet. It seems as though each word is carefully selected, chosen not just for its meaning but also for its … Continue reading

November 26, 2012 · Leave a comment

A new creative writing magazine is about to be published – if we all do a bit of barn raising

What the Dickens Magazine is a fascinating creative magazine* that has been published online for nearly two years and it’s now going to take a huge leap into print. Or … Continue reading

October 25, 2012 · 2 Comments

What’s the worst thing a student could do in a creative writing class?

 I came across Cathy Dreyer humorous example of epistolary fiction in the summer when I discovered her blog Write a Novel In 10 Minutes Flat (a title that has its … Continue reading

October 16, 2012 · 3 Comments

How to beat writer’s block

DARK MATERIALS author Philip isn’t very sympathetic to writer’s block. He argues that we never hear of carpenter’s block or bus driver’s block and writer’s block would disappear overnight if … Continue reading

September 1, 2012 · Leave a comment